9780140289046

Mute's Soliloquy : A Memoir

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    9780140289046

  • ISBN10:

    0140289046

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-04-01
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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Summary

In 1965, Pramoedya Ananta Toer was a hero of the Indonesian revolution and widely regarded as one of the best writers the country had ever produced. That year, however, as Indonesia embarked on a period of intense social unrest, Pramoedya and tens of thousands of others were detained and eventually exiled to the remote island of Buru. Imprisoned there for eleven years without trial or formal accusation, Pramoedya, along with his fellow prisoners, was forced to clear dense tracts of jungle, build camps, and forage for food. They died by the hundreds of starvation, brutality, and disease. Only in rare moments of leniency was Pramoedya allowed to write, yet he managed to produce works, including four novels that make up the Buru Quartet. He also wrote journal entries, essays, and letters, many of which were confiscated or destroyed. What survived of these is collected in The Mute's Soliloquy, a harrowing portrait of a penal colony and a heartbreaking remembrance of life before it.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. IX
Introductionp. XIII
The Mystery of Exilep. 1
Natant Ruminations (A Letter for Pujarosmi)p. 6
Changing Commandsp. 21
When the Gods Came Down to Earthp. 48
The Back Side of the Mirrorp. 65
In the Midst of It Allp. 78
A Confluence of Coincidencesp. 85
Fragments of My Lifep. 97
One Link in a Chainp. 103
Flowers for Motherp. 125
Death in a Time of Changep. 153
Working for the Japanese (A Letter for Rina)p. 174
For Better or for Worse (A Letter for Anggraini)p. 192
A Home to Live In (A Letter for Astuti)p. 216
Lessons for My Childrenp. 233
Science, Religion, and Health Carep. 237
The Caste System and the Revolution (Fragments of Two Letters)p. 249
Geographyp. 259
Music, Sports, Self-Defense, and a Storyp. 272
Languages, Social Science, and Nutritionp. 283
Physical and Spiritual Well-Being, Career Choicesp. 292
Deliverancep. 311
The First Releasep. 317
The Dead and the Missingp. 344
Maps (Indonesia, Buru Island, Buru Island Penal Colony)p. 365
Epiloguep. 368
A Note on the Translationp. 372
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