(February 6, 1925-April 30, 2006)
Born in Blora, Central Java, Indonesia
Born Pramoedya Ananta Mastoer
Wrote ‘The Fugitive’ (1950), ‘Corruption’ (1954), ‘This Earth of Mankind’ (1980), ‘Child of All Nations’ (1980), ‘Footsteps’ (1985) and ‘House of Glass’ (1988)
Imprisoned in Buru detention camp (1965-1979)
Died in Jakarta, Indonesia
Why he might be annoying
He was a heavy smoker.
He initially supported the Japanese when they first occupied Indonesia.
His notable association with the left wing resulted in accusations of sympathizing with communism hurled against him.
His grandfather, though a Hajji, abandoned his grandmother after their divorce.
He stated that he was anti-capitalism but not anti-capital.
Why he might not be annoying
He was one of Indonesia’s most famous contemporary writers.
His works often clashed with the Dutch colonial authorities and the authoritarian regimes of Sukarno and Suharto, resulting in repeated imprisonment.
During his imprisonment at Buru, he was compelled to eat rats and lizards, and denied a piece of paper and a writing utensil.
As a result, he became a symbol of freedom of expression among human rights advocates.
His works focused on the reality of hardships many Indonesians had to undergo during the 20th century.
He spoke against the discrimination of Chinese Indonesians.
He faced censorship as his books were banned.
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