14 May 2006

The death of Toer

Pak Pram, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, author of the Buru Quartet, who spent 15 years in prison for his writings and activism, died in Jakarta on 30 April 2006. Toer was a left-wing intellectual and writer of fiction whose politics angered the ruling Dutch and later Suharto in Indonesia. In his tribute, Tariq Ali quotes Toer as saying “Just as politics cannot be separated from life, life cannot be separated from politics. People who consider themselves to be non-political are no different; they've already been assimilated by the dominant political culture — they just don't feel it any more.”

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