This Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

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Minke is a young Javanese student of great intelligence and ambition. Living equally among the colonists and colonized of 19th-century Java, he battles against the confines of colonial strictures. It is his love for Annelies that enables him to find the strength to embrace his world.
 

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One of Indonesia's most prominent authors, Toer spent most of his adult life in prison; his works have frequently been banned by the government. Toer's first novel, The Fugitive (1950), was written during his internment by the Dutch. Toer became a leading figure in the Marxist literary group Lekra and was again incarcerated after the 1965 overthrow of Sukarno, joining thousands of other left-wing artists on the prison island of Buru. The author of over 30 works of fiction and nonfiction, Toer is best known for his Buru tetralogy, which traces the birth of nationalism in Indonesia. Most of the work was composed as narration to fellow prisoners, then later recorded and published after Toer's release in 1979. Although the events of the tetralogy take place in the past, they must be understood in the context of his experiences at Buru. In 1988 Toer received the PEN Freedom-to-Write Award. Max Lane is Lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Sydney. In addition to numerous academic publications, he has actively supported political change in Indonesia since the mid-1970s, and has translated work by the acclaimed Indonesian novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer.
 
Published May 1, 1996 by Penguin Books. 370 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Minke, a student and embryonic Javanese nationalist, has broken with his family, who seek advancement through the colonial system, and dreams of becoming a writer who will demonstrate to the world the great talents of the ``Native'' Javanese.

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Toer ( The Fugitive ), an Indonesian novelist and political dissident, began this novel as a series of stories told to fellow political prisoners held on Buru Island. The tale is narrated mostly by a

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Indonesian novelist and political dissident Toer's compelling tale of love and colonialism is narrated by a young native student in turn-of-the-century Java who becomes involved in the intrigues of one of the island's leading families.

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Toer ( The Fugitive ), an Indonesian novelist and political dissident, began this novel as a series of stories told to fellow political prisoners held on Buru Island.

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