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Max Lane

Writer / See Indonesianist

A writer and researcher and translator, editor and consultant with 36 years of experience in and with Indonesia, as well as with Singapore and the Philippines and with the East Timorese community in Australia. He is an Honorary Associate in Indonesian Studies, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney.

Max Lane introduced the English-speaking world to the revolutionary that is Pramoedya Ananta Toer, often speculated to be Indonesia’s best candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Lane, now a lecturer of international politics at Victoria University, was a mid-level officer working at the Australian embassy in Jakarta when he began translating Pramoedya’s Bumi Manusia in 1980. At this time, Indonesian president Suharto’s New Order Regime (the Partai Golongan Karya [Party of the Functional Groups, also known as Golkar]) was in power, propped up by foreign investment and backed by the army. It was also when heavy-handed repression was the norm in Southeast Asia, and Suharto’s New Order government was no exception. In the early 1980s, corpses began surfacing in public places as a result of extrajudicial killings. These ‘Petrus’ (Penembak Misterius, or mysterious shooter) killings were undertaken by the army to reduce the crime rate, which President Suharto openly admitted in his biography.  The Indonesian government was also involved in a bloody conflict in East Timor as guerrillas resisted the Indonesian occupation beginning in 1975.

In the Headlines

A part of history

Inside Indonesia / As Seen On
Dec 10, 2023

Crafted by Max Lane

Why you should read Indonesia’s “The Earth of Mankind”

Personal Blog / All Things Books
Feb 19, 2017

Writing the epic story of Pramoedya Ananta Toer and Indonesia

Personal Blog / What Media Says
May 20, 2016


Direct Action / What Media Says
Sep 01, 2009

On Joesoef Isak

Indonesia Southeast Asia And International Affairs, USYD / What Media Says
Sep 14, 2006

Pramoedya commemoration in Jakarta

Indonesia Southeast Asia And International Affairs, USYD / What Media Says
Aug 08, 2006

Pramoedya and the rebirth of national culture

Jakarta Post / What Media Says
May 20, 2006

Man of letters and revolution

Sydney Morning Herald / What Media Says
May 16, 2006

Pramoedya Ananta Toer: Indonesia’s greatest novelist

Green Left Weekly / What Media Says
May 10, 2006


Green Left Weekly / What Media Says
Apr 20, 2005

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