All That Is Gone

Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer

In these early stories, many appearing in English for the first time, one of Indonesia’s leading writers illuminates with a quiet ferocity some of the most turbulent years in his nation’s history. Often told through a child’s observant eyes, the eight stories – which draw on Pramoedya’s own upbringing in East Java during Dutch colonial rule, Japanese invasion and bloody periods of independence and civil war – are written in warm, lyrical style that gives way to sudden pools of sadness.

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In these early stories, many appearing in English for the first time, one of Indonesia’s leading writers illuminates with a quiet ferocity some of the most turbulent years in his nation’s history. Often told through a child’s observant eyes, the eight stories – which draw on Pramoedya’s own upbringing in East Java during Dutch colonial rule, Japanese invasion and bloody periods of independence and civil war – are written in warm, lyrical style that gives way to sudden pools of sadness.

‘wise and touching tales’. — Maya Jaggi


Published by Penguin
Paperback
2005
ISBN: 9780143034469
Translated by Willem Samuels