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Pram Magsaysay

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July 9, 2018 — by IDWRITERS

Last updated on July 09, 2018 at 10:06 am

#OnThisDay in 1995, Pramoedya Ananta Toer was announced to receive the 1995 Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communications Award.

“It is a great honor to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award; moreover, my family and I consider it a great personal privilege. This award has also helped to illuminate the fate of hundreds and thousands of people like myself.”

Despite the potentially crippling losses of a turbulent lifetime?including countless unpublished manuscripts?Pramoedya carries on today compiling a social geography of Indonesia, the land he loves. Still officially a pariah in his own country, he claims to have no clear political ideas. He says, simply, “I am a writer.”

In electing Pramoedya Ananta Toer to receive the 1995 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts, the board of trustees recognizes his illuminating with brilliant stories the historical awakening and modern experience of the Indonesian people.

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