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Memoar Pulau Buru I

Book / Memoir


Memoar Pulau Buru I

by Hersri Setiawan

Format: Paperback, Indonesian
544 page(s)
ISBN/ISBN13: /9789799109842
Published Jan 25, 2016 by Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia (KPG)

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Buru Island was the site of Indonesia’s most remote and infamous  prison camp. In the wake of the 1965 repression of the political Left, between  1969 and 1979, approximately 12,000 men were held on Buru without formal charge  or trial. During their detention prisoners suffered torture, forced labour and  malnourishment, as well as social isolation.

As a young writer  filled with hope and optimism for Indonesia’s future he joined the left-wing  cultural organisation Lekra (Lembaga Kebudayaan Rakyat, Institute of People’s  Culture) and was a permanent representative of the Indonesian National Committee  to the Asia-Africa Writer’s Bureau in Colombo. Setiawan shares an intimate  account of his life story leading up to and during his detention. In  beautifully crafted prose he brings into stark light the horrors of the period  after 1965, which included disappearance, murder, torture, betrayal and loss  and his own capture and incarceration on Buru Island.



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