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From the world-renowned author of The Mute's Soliloquy and The Buru Quartet comes a heartbreaking novel about innocence and power.
In feudal Java, where both privilege and poverty lived side-by-side, women were little more than chattel. Pramoedya's The Girl From the Coast tells the story of a beautiful young woman from a fishing village who finds herself in an arranged marriage with a wealthy aristocrat. Forced to leave her parents and home behind, she moves to the city to become the "lady" of her husband's house. After she becomes pregnant, she learns that she is merely a "practice wife" who will not simply be discarded but will be separated from the child she carries. Pramoedya's breathtaking literary skill is evident in every word of this book, one of his classic works of fiction made especially poignant because it is based on the life of his own grandmother.
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Pramoedya Ananta Toer is a major figure in world literature and is constantly mentioned as a top contender for the Nobel Prize. He is the author of more than 30 books, including The Fugitive, The Buru Quartet, and The Mute’s Soliloquy. His writing has been banned in Indonesia, his native country. He has been profiled in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and other major publications. He is the recipient of numerous literary prizes, including the PEN Freedom-to-Write Award and a Hellman-Hammett Award. He lives in Jakarta.
William Samuels also translated The Mute’s Soliloquy and The Fugitive.Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
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