Child of All Nations

ISBN-10: 0140256334
ISBN-13: 9780140256338
Edition: 1996
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Description: This is the second in a series of four novels which emerged from the time Toer spent as a political prisoner on Eastern Indonesia's Buru Island. Minke, a Dutch-educated Javanese writer, struggles to assert his voice in an oppressive regime.

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

This is the second in a series of four novels which emerged from the time Toer spent as a political prisoner on Eastern Indonesia's Buru Island. Minke, a Dutch-educated Javanese writer, struggles to assert his voice in an oppressive regime.

One of Indonesia's most prominent authors, Toer spent most of his adult life in prison; his works have frequently been banned by the government. Toer's first novel, The Fugitive (1950), was written during his internment by the Dutch. Toer became a leading figure in the Marxist literary group Lekra and was again incarcerated after the 1965 overthrow of Sukarno, joining thousands of other left-wing artists on the prison island of Buru. The author of over 30 works of fiction and nonfiction, Toer is best known for his Buru tetralogy, which traces the birth of nationalism in Indonesia. Most of the work was composed as narration to fellow prisoners, then later recorded and published after Toer's release in 1979. Although the events of the tetralogy take place in the past, they must be understood in the context of his experiences at Buru. In 1988 Toer received the PEN Freedom-to-Write Award.

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