This Earth of Mankind

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Penguin, 1996 - Fiction - 367 pages
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Minke is a young Javanese student of great intelligence, sensitivity and ambition. Living equally among the colonists and colonized of late nineteenth-century Java, he battles against the confines of colonial strictures. The son of a noble Javanese, he moves easily among the Dutch and their ideas and language but is prevented from enjoying their rights. He also falls desperately in love with the beautiful Indo-European Annelies, and it is through her and her extraordinary family that Minke finds the strength to embrace his world - the world of Indonesia - and all its beauty and possibility, brutality and anger. This remarkable tale, the first in the Buru Quartet, was originally recited orally by Indonesian political prisoner Pramoedya Ananta Toer to his fellow cellmates in daily instalments.

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User Review  - theonearmedcrab - LibraryThing

“This Earth of this Mankind” (1975) is the first of the Buru Quartet of historical novels written by Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer. The other three are “Child of all Nations”, “Footsteps ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The first US publication of a somewhat unsatisfactory second novel from Indonesian political dissident Toer (The Fugitive, 1990). Set during the last two years of the 19th century in then- Dutch-ruled ... Read full review



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Pramoedya Ananta Toer was born on the island of Java in 1925. He was imprisoned by the Dutch from 1947 to 1949 for his role in the Indonesian revolution, then by the Indonesian government as a political prisoner. Many of his works have been written while in prison, including the Buru Quartet, which was conceived in stories the author told to other prisoners during his confinement on Buru Island from 1969 to 1979. Pramoedya is the author of thirty works of fiction and nonfiction. His novels have been translated into twenty languages and have received several awards.

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