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‘Indonesia Out of Exile’ shines light on literary masterpiece

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New history recounts writer-activist Pramoedya’s brave fight against persecution

Imagine being a young Australian Embassy official having your first look at hundreds of rough, tattered pages smuggled out of a remote island prison camp and quickly recognizing it as one of the literary masterpieces of the 20th century -- a seminal work of historical fiction and postcolonial identity for Indonesia and Asia.

"It was a big responsibility, heavy and stressful," Max Lane says, speaking half a century later to Nikkei Asia. "Because the author, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, wasn't known as a writer to the English-speaking world, only to some as a political prisoner."

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