Monday, May 01, 2006

The man who fought Suharto with a pen



'In recent years, the Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer, who died yesterday at age 81, came to be known as a chain-smoking curmudgeon and consistent critic of the corrupt legacies of the Suharto regime and western-style consumerism. But if anyone ever deserved the right to be the grumpy contrarian — a south-east Asian Günter Grass, the German author known for his pointed social criticism — then Pramoedya was it...' More

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