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About Pramoedya Ananta Toer,
Written by Yenni Kwok, and was originally published in Asia Week,
Apr 24, 1998


Neither prison nor the passing of years has weakened Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s passion for justice in Indonesia.

To have one of his books in your possession is to invite a stiff jail sentence. Even so, Pramoedya Ananta Toer views the outlawing of his work with pride. “Every book that is banned is a badge of honor,” he says. Others think so too — copies of his work are circulated widely, but clandestinely in Indonesia. Toer smiles and takes another puff of the clove cigarettes that never seem to leave his hand. The soft-spoken grandfather is a thorn in the side of President Suharto’s New Order government, and has been for decades.

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