While kept as a political prisoner in Indonesia for ten years, Pramoedya worked on a series of four historical novels. His working papers were taken upon his arrest, so he 'wrote' these novels by telling stories to other prisoners based on his recollection of those notes. The result, in this first book, is a sort of revolutionary, mirror-world version of Cormac McCarthy's 'All the Pretty Horses.' A beautiful tale of young love, obligation, and intrigue.
Minke is a young Javanese student of great intelligence and ambition. Living equally among the colonists and colonized of 19th-century Java, he battles against the confines of colonial strictures. It is his love for Annelies that enables him to find the strength to embrace his world.
About the Author
Pramoedya Ananta Toer, born on the island of Java in 1925, was imprisoned first by the Dutch, then by the Indonesian government as a political prisoner. He received the PEN Freedom to Write Award and the Ramon Magsaysay Award.