Pramoedya Ananta Toer: Why you should know him

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About Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006),
and was originally published in Al Jazeera English,
Feb 06, 2017

One of Indonesia’s greatest authors, who long fought for freedom of speech, spent most of his adult life in jail.

Pramoedya Ananta Toer is widely regarded as one of Indonesia ‘s best writers.

At a young age, he joined the anti-colonial struggle against Japan during World War II and later enlisted in an army to fight Dutch colonialists .

He was captured and jailed by the Dutch in 1947. His foray into writing began in prison, at age 24. The Fugitive, his first novel, came out during his two years of incarceration.

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