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The Mute's Soliloquy

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  239 ratings  ·  25 reviews
From the author of the Buru Quartet and one of the greatest writers of our time comes a remarkable memoir of imprisonment and survival.

In 1965, Pramoedya Ananta Toer was detained by Indonesian authorities and eventually exiled to the penal island of Buru. Without a formal accusation or trial, the onetime national hero was imprisoned on Buru for eleven years. He survived un
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 28th 1999 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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Tidak mudah membaca karya Pram, dalam bahasa Inggris pula. Membayangkan keadaan beliau saat menulis memoar ini (tahanan politik di pulau Buru) membuktikan beliau adalah salah satu penulis besar yang pernah dimiliki bangsa kita. Salah satu kutipan yang saya sukai:

".. you must build your own life for yourself and your future children. don't permit your journey forward to be hindered by your parent's past. they have had their own time in this world and that time is not yours. your time is the futur
Ardina Kartika
ini buku pertama yang mengenalkan saya pada Pak Pram... buku pinjaman dengan pesan: "hati hati yah..jangan baca di tempat umum"
Marina Zala
** Books 267 – 2014 **

I Read in English & This review is written in Bahasa

Buku memoir Nyanyian sunyi seorang Bisu Pramoedya Ananta Toer ini membuat saya terkagum-kagum dengan penuturan kisah beliau yang dipenjara di pulau buru selama kurang lebih 13 tahun!
Buku ini memuat mulai pengalaman beliau selama di pulau Buru, surat-menyurat yang berisi wejangan kepada putra-putri beliau dan juga didalam sini terdapat nama-nama tahanan pulau buru yang hilang tidak ditemukan ataupun meninggal.

Saya s
Nurlely Bethesda
I always think, how Pram still has spirit for writing his "tragedic life stories"?
How pram put himself as an exile, to be "a torch of Indonesia's history"?

as one of victim due to politic riot, Pram told his stories, his feeling as a father-even in a jail still act as gentleman of his daughter's life.
as a human, whom accused to be a communist party member without attended any court, he stood still faced the govt-regime.

this book, should be read by Indonesia's youngsters, learning about history-
This book puts the archipelago in gulag archipelago (I hope I was the first to make that observation). It's really a great book. Indonesia's tragedy with the U. S. backed Suharto dictatorship comes to life with this one man's struggle. I picked this book up in Indonesia when I was traveling and the point I was making with my horrible opening remark is that I don't like Solzenitzen and this book reminds me of it too much. The other book I picked up when I was there was Multatuli, which tells the ...more
Nyanyi sunyi seorang bisu.
aku membacanya ketika bp Harto berkuasa, sangat deg degan membaca buku ini dikamar kost, peringatan keras dari teman u/ sangat hati hati membaca buku clandestin ini, aku mendapatkan dari seorang teman dan untuk mendapatkannya pada waktu itu tidak murah untuk ukuran buku dan kwalitas kertas. Aku schok ketika membaca buku ini karena banyak kenyataan hidup sehari hari tapol dibeberkan dengan rinci dan angka angka, apalagi dikaitkan dengan bisnis tentara di sekitar pulau bu
dianne budd
a beautifully written, unfortunately prescient, heart breaking account of this author's own personal Guantanamo (only on Buru Island, not Cuba). arrested and imprisoned without charges for 12+ years 1965-1977 in Indonesia at the time of Suharto's coup;
these are the writings he was able to keep, those he managed to hide.
Pram is a father who had never played with his son, a friend who struggled against his own hopelessness, to keep his fellow prisoners afloat, tortured for being honest and though
A Javanese writer offers lessons on life, written to his children from a guy that was subjected to harsh imprisonment several times for his poltiical leanings. He survives by telling fellow prisoners his own stories and on rations of rice and unlucky rats. The severity of treatment causes him to practically go deaf. Also, a depiction of a colonized Indonesia.
kalau dibandingkan dg novel2 pramudya lainnya, terus terang aku kurang suka buku ini. barangkali karena didalamnya terlalu banyak hujatan langsung kepada pemerintah. Bukan berarti aku pro pemerintah. Namun dmk aku tetap salut sm perjuangan bung pram utk tetap sadar dan tetap menulis di penjara. Perjuangan dan Produktivitas bung pram memang luar biasa.
A very brave man i've ever noticed...Never been tired to speak up truth in his entire life...The art of being cynical way to wake up many young generations that nothing in this world could ever tie up our thoughts, even until our last breath. Very very proud of you eyank!!! Rest in peace always!
Briefe und Aufzeichnungen aus der Verbannung, aber auch aus früheren Lebensphasen.
Die Umstände, unter denen diese Texte entstanden, sind ebenso bedrückend wie der Inhalt. Man sollte dieses Buch gelesen haben, um Indonesien verstehen zu können.
buku yang ku dapat dengan kucing2an di sebuah perpustakaan di Jogja. Aku sangat bahagia bisa dpt buku ini,juga english translationnya. sayangnya petugas perpus itu bilang : bung,jangan disebarkan ke mana2 ya
I liked it, although it was a bit depressing. I offers good insight into life in colonial, revolutionary, and New Order Indonesia.
Chris Callaway
Mar 26, 2011 Chris Callaway marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Pramoedya was a political prisoner during Suharto's reign in Indonesia. This is a collection of secretly-written letters, notes, etc.
Yohan Dhiwa
story of real life !! a complex situation that sometimes discriminaing but He can give a good opinion and act.
A must have book for anyone who wants to learn to be gratefull. Reading this book made me feel alive!
Menggali makna kehidupan dari balik kungkungan terali bui... Mengharukan sekaligus mengorbankan semangat
Dharu Estiningrum
Jan 22, 2008 Dharu Estiningrum rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Recommended to Dharu by: myself
Shelves: my-favourite
lebih lengkap dari edisi indonesianya..
Pram selalu mengajarkan banyak hal....
paradoks kehidupan
aldo zirsov
English edition buku Pramoedya Ananta Toer Nyanyi Sunyi Seorang Bisa, terbitan Lontar Foundatioan
Johnny B. Rempit
Sep 02, 2009 Johnny B. Rempit rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
One of the few books in the world that everyone should read at least once.
Great book--I highly recommend it to all my fellow JIS alums.
Like a prophetic autobiography but written in exile
Fika Rachman
prihatin, mereka hanya bisa menangis bisu
The Armstrong
the sensitiveness's thought of Mr. Pram
First book of pramoedya that i read
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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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