This Earth of Mankind (Buru Quartet #1) (Paperback)

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By Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Max Lane (Translated by), Max Lane (Afterword by)
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This is book number 1 in the Buru Quartet series.

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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.

— From James


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780140256352
ISBN-10: 0140256350
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 1st, 1996
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Buru Quartet