All That Is Gone: Stories by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, translated by Willem Samuels

All That Is GoneLyrical collection of semi-autobiographical short stories by one of Asia’s most famous authors. The title story is a heartbreaking memory piece of a boy’s first years that captures through young, trusting eyes the loss of his beloved caretaker, his parents’ troubled marriage, and his dissolving family ties. The most disturbing of all is possibly the story, “Inem,” about an 8-year-old child-servant who is sold by her desperately poor parents to marry a brutal 17-year-old boy. One year later, as a 9-year-old divorcee trying to escape her horrifyingly abusive existence, she is no longer allowed back in the narrator’s home as a servant because of so-called propriety.

Review: “New and Notable Books,” AsianWeek, February 27, 2004

Readers: Adult

Published: 2004

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Filed under ..Adult Readers, .Fiction, .Short Stories, Indonesian

One response to “All That Is Gone: Stories by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, translated by Willem Samuels

  1. Penerjemah Inggris Indonesia

    Nice to hear when Novel of Pramoedya Ananta Toer translated into English (Inggris). Novel of Pramoedya has been a subject of research in literature study in Indonesia. My doctoral friend his trying discover Pramoedya as his research subject.

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