In a country where literature struggles to find much of a place in the life of the people Pramoedya Ananta Toer stands out. He died today at his home in Jakarta, 9.00 am, Sunday 30th April 2006.
Known as "Pram", the 81 year-old had been in hospital the previous week but had asked to go home yesterday.
Pramoedya Ananta Toer.
To the family, please accept my most sincere condolences.
It’s a sad day for Indonesian and world literature to see such a brilliant writer pass on. I was fortunate enough to read Pak Toer’s work when I first arrived in Indonesia, and it had an enormous effect on how I viewed the culture, as well as whetting my appetite for more knowledge about this country and its people.
can I read his poem, he call his poem lilyguy (I can’t spell that word) sorry but I want read that poem… I like him much so please may I read his poem cos, I don’t know where I get that.
Maybe you mean The Mute’s Soliloquy? You can read the first chapter at
but you have to create an account first but it’s free.
Before his death, Pram had gladly given me his permission letter for translating his great saga, ‘Buru Quartel’ in the Indian language of Malayalam. I’m an Indian regional writer & literary translator.
The fact is that I needed a proper Agreement that should be signed by his legal heir, which I found very difficult to obtain.
Could anybody help me,