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Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s transcendent novels have become part of the world literary canon, but it is his short fiction that originally made him famous. The first full-size collection of his short stories to appear in English, All That Is Gone draws from the author’s own experiences in Indonesia to depict characters trying to make sense of a war-torn culture haunted by colon ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published January 25th 2005 by Penguin Books (first published January 28th 2004)
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A collection of stories that have an autobiographical nature, a journey through the years that lead to the independence of Indonesia through the eyes of a child and end in the post-independence era observed by a young man, where all the hopes for a better future that bloomed during the tumultuous years are only meagerly answered.

Lost. Innocence lost, hope lost, dignity and humanity lost. What else can one expect from the simple people that got trampled and were not just bereaved physically, but
Marina Zala
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Read in english, write the review with Bahasa

All that is Gone adalah karya dari Bung Pram yang pernah menghiasi di Indonesia diterbitkan oleh Penguin books tahun 2005. Buku ini berisi 8 cerita pendek yang diterjemahkan dari dua buku kumpulan cerita pendeknya, Cerita dari Blora (terbit 1952, dilarang beredar pada tahun 1976), dan Subuh, (1951). tujuh cerita awal diambil dari cerita Blora dan satu cerita dari Subuh. Saya akan mengupas masing-masing Cerita pendek didalam buku
Short stories from an Indonesian political prisoner with a voice both spare and lyrical. Sad, but not without hope, these stories offer insight into Javanese culture from arguably Indonesia's greatest voice.
On bookstore shelves housing works of fiction which have been written by current authors, it has become a kind of trend to find stories from Afghanistan, Pakistan and countries from The Arabian Gulf. So, when I found this book I was intrigued to read the stories that Pramoedya Toer (who was a political prisoner for several years) had published based on his experiences while living in Indonesia during its struggle for independence.

Similar to the other books, the backdrop of his stories is also i
This book of short stories surprised me. Toer has a great voice (I’d prefer taking a stab at reading in the original Indonesian language because parts of the translation didn’t sound right). The short story Acceptance was a sad and brutal tale of civil unrest and fighting between the Indonesian Republicans and Communist idealists. He put into words some of the most realistic descriptions of war brutality I’ve ever read… simple, unexplainable wrath that led people (masses) to inflict extreme tort ...more
This collection of semi-autobiographical short stories is set in a small rural town in Indonesia. The book begins with some coming-of-age stories of a young man, but most of the action takes place during WW II. Recall that Indonesia was a Dutch colony. (Even today that connection persists: if you've cruised on Holland America, the ship is staffed by Indonesians; the Netherlands houses 400,000 Indonesian immigrants.)

During WW II the Japanese invaded the island nation and displaced the Dutch. At f
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I'd say this book was "just OK." Nothing thrilling about it, although writing was better than a lot of other authors I've stumbled upon lately. I tend to gravitate towards books with heavy cultural content because I like learning about how others' live. The cover of the book notes chapters on child brides, ritual circumcision, traditional roles of men and women. Given those topics, and the fact that when I thumbed through the book in the used bookstore and found the writing to be decent, I was e ...more
This book has a wonderful short story-ish format. The topics however are about the harsh harsh reality of revolutionary Indonesia. These stories are sad enough to make you want to give up on humanity. The author even acknowledges his story lines may be unnecessarily depressing. It is a book that can give you perspective if you read it, but may drain you of hope.
Ben Loory
the early stories were great and pretty much devastating... especially the one about the 8-year old bride... but then the later stories got all tied up in indonesian history and politics and i have no interest in that. history and politics, that is... not the indonesian part, specifically.

though the unkillable man was awesome.
This was a random is a book of short stories by the author. A couple of the stories were a bit boring so I skipped past those but overall it was an entertaining book. Each story has its own message, sometimes told through a child's eyes, about life and love and humanity and the struggle to figure it all out.
Collection of short stories, beautifully translated, not losing the dual meaning of the phrase "all that is gone"
Pia Bergqvist
A collection of short stories shared in a strong voice and in a beautiful language.
a couple really good stories. a couple stories i could do without.
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Pramoedya Ananta Toer was an Indonesian author of novels, short stories, essays, polemics, and histories of his homeland and its people. A well-regarded writer in the West, Pramoedya's outspoken and often politically charged writings faced censorship in his native land during the pre-reformation era. For opposing the policies of both founding president Sukarno, as well as those of its successor, t ...more
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