Mar 20, 2018 Last Updated 7:10 AM, Mar 17, 2018


Strong women

Female autonomy became a prominent theme in Pramoedya’s writing.

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Fighting words

In his last interview, Pramoedya kept up his attack on elitism and corruption.

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Not that I don't love

Not that I don't love

This short story, written by an ex-political prisoner, has never been published in its original Indonesian version. We cannot disclose the author's real name or the various pseudonyms under which she has been publishing since her release.

A member ofGerwani, a women's organisation with alleged connections with the Indonesian Communist Party, banned since the so-­called coup of September 1965, the author seems to have started writing fiction only after her detention. The experience colours much of her writing.

Most of her short stories are about the down and out, the women whom poverty has driven to theft, begging and prostitution, the 'criminals' (or were they the victims?) with whom the author shared her prison cells.

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