Joesoef Isak


He was born in Jakarta (Jul 15, 1928), and died in Jakarta (Aug 15, 2009)
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An Indonesian publisher, translator, and left-wing intellectual. He was an advocate of free speech during President Suharto’s authoritarian New Order administration and was imprisoned from 1967 to 1977 without trial. In 1980, he helped found and direct the publishing house Hasta Mitra, publisher of Pramoedya A. Toer’s Buru Quartet. In 2005, Isak was the inaugural recipient of the Australian PEN Keneally Award for his work.

What Media Say

Obituary of Joesoef Isak by Carmel Budiardjo — TAPOL (Aug 28, 2009)
On Joesoef Isak by Max Lane — Indonesia Southeast Asia And International Affairs, USYD (Sep 14, 2006)
Joesoef Isak wins PEN Australia award by Max Lane — Green Left Weekly (Apr 20, 2005)