Pramoedya Ananta Toer: Indonesia’s greatest novelist

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About Pramoedya Ananta Toer,
Written by Max Lane, and was originally published in Green Left Weekly,
May 10, 2006


Scores of activists and young writers, as well as family members, were at the Karet Bivak cemetery in central Jakarta on April 30. Many were crying, tearful. The loss was felt greatly, a burden. But they rallied their spirits to also sing songs of struggle to farewell the man who they had just laid to rest: Pramoedya Ananta Toer. They sang the Internationale and they sang that most moving of all songs that grew up during the struggle against the 1966-98 Suharto military dictatorship: Darah joang (“Blood of the struggle”).

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