A Heap of Ashes

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

translated from the Indonesian by Harry Aveling
University of Queensland Press 1975
A book review by Danny Yee © 1994 http://dannyreviews.com/
Pramoedya Ananta Toer is probably the best known internationally of all Indonesian writers. A Heap of Ashes is a collection of five of his stories written in the early fifties, before he attained his present fame. The stories are autobiographical or semi-autobiographical in content, and they constitute a personal trace of Indonesian history from the period of Dutch colonial rule and early nationalist unrest through to the traumas of the Japanese occupation, the Revolution, the Madiun uprising and the early years of independence. Although they lack the polish and sophistication of Pramoedya's more recent novels, the stories in A Heap of Ashes have a vigour and directness that makes them powerfully evocative.

January 1994

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%T A Heap of Ashes
%A Toer, Pramoedya Ananta
%M Indonesian
%F Aveling, Harry
%I University of Queensland Press
%D 1975
%O paperback
%G ISBN 0702210714
%P 193pp