Pramudya Listed on Top 100 Intellectuals

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As reported by The Guardian, Pramudya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and critic, is listed on Top 100 Intelectuals released by a respected UK Magazine named Prospect. He is the one and only Indonesian who sits on the list.

Pramudya has been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature several times, yet most of his works are banned by Suharto regime. His status as an ex-political prisoner, and the lack of freedoms it entails, are in stark contradiction to the world recognition given to him. Some of his works are Perburuan, Balai Pustaka (1950); Keluarga Gerilya, Pembangunan (1950); Subuh, Pembangunan (1950); Tjerita dari Blora, Balai Pustaka (1952); Bukan Pasar Malam, Balai Pustaka (1951); Si Midah Bergigi Emas, Nusantara (1952); Tjerita dari Djakarta, Grafica (1957); Sekali Peristiwa di Banten Selatan, Petera (1958); Hoakiau di Indonesia, Bintang Pers (1960); Bumi Manusia; Anak Semua Bangsa dan Jejak Langkah; Tempo Doeloe; Sang Pemula;

Prospect, the institution which published the list, has acquired a reputation as the most intelligent magazine of current affairs and cultural debate in Britain. Both challenging and entertaining, the magazine seeks to make complex ideas accessible and enjoyable by commissioning the best writers, editing them vigorously and packaging their work in a well designed and illustrated monthly.

Congratulation, Pram. We are proud of you.

6 thoughts on “Pramudya Listed on Top 100 Intellectuals

  1. Sadly, Pram is too hard of hearing and is indeed tired of the controversy he has generated and suffered personally from during his adult life to comment much any more.

    Does anyone remember the terrible interview on Metro TV where – we think it was – Sophia Latjuba asked him inane questions and the above factors caused Pram to get a bit testy and reluctant to say much?

    Anyway, on the award, congrats to Pram!

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