All That is Gone by Pramoedya Toer

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From one of the world's most acclaimed writers comes a collection of beautiful short stories based on the author's childhood.

Pramoedya Ananta Toer is a major figure in world literature, listed in John Major's rewrite of the famous Lifetime Reading Plan among the likes of James Baldwin, Bertolt Brecht, Graham Greene, and John Steinbeck as one of 100 authors everyone should read. A constant contender for the Nobel Prize, he recently won one of France's highest literary awards and has won the highest award in Asian letters.

In All That Is Gone, Pramoedya's semiautobiographical stories deal with life's major themes: birth and death, sexual knowledge and love, compassion and revenge. Some stories are written from a child's point of view, others from that of an adult. But all are written in a style that quickly wraps the reader up in this master storyteller's narrative web. This is the first time Pramoedya's short fiction has been widely available to the English reading public; its publication represents a significant addition to the canon of world literature in translation.

About Pramoedya Toer

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Pramoedya Ananta Toer is the author of more than thirty books, including The Buru Quartet and The Mute’s Soliloquy.
Published February 1, 2005 by Penguin Books. 272 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Revenge” depicts a young private in the nationalist forces who must look the other way when he witnesses one of his officers torturing a captured soldier, and “Independence Day” portrays the quiet shame of a blind and crippled hero of the war of independence who comes to resent being looked afte...

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All That Is Gone by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, translated by Willem Samuels 258pp, Hyperion, £14.99 Pramoedya Ananta Toer wrote his first novel, The Fugitive (1950), in an Indonesian jail under Dutch rule.

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In these early stories, many appearing in English for the first time, one of Indonesia's leading writers illuminates with a quiet ferocity some of the most turbulent years in his nation's h

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Toer, as a young child, noticed more and more each day that his father was absent from the home a great deal of the time.

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