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Buru Island: A Prison memoir

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  • Buru Island: A Prison memoir 
    Title: Buru Island: A Prison memoir
    Author: SETIAWAN HERSRI
    Illustrator: LINDSAY JENNIFER (TR)
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/10/2019
    Imprint: MONASH UNIVERSITY PUBLISHING
    Price: $29.95
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED

    Buru Island was the site of Indonesia’s most remote and infamous
    prison camp. In the wake of the 1965 repression of the political Left, between
    1969 and 1979, approximately 12,000 men were held on Buru without formal charge
    or trial. During their detention prisoners suffered torture, forced labour and
    malnourishment, as well as social isolation.

    As a young writer
    filled with hope and optimism for Indonesia’s future he joined the left-wing
    cultural organisation Lekra (Lembaga Kebudayaan Rakyat, Institute of People’s
    Culture) and was a permanent representative of the Indonesian National Committee
    to the Asia-Africa Writer’s Bureau in Colombo. Setiawan shares an intimate
    account of his life story leading up to and during his detention. In
    beautifully crafted prose he brings into stark light the horrors of the period
    after 1965, which included disappearance, murder, torture, betrayal and loss
    and his own capture and incarceration on Buru Island.


    The Herb Feith Translation Series publishes high-quality non-fiction manuscripts not
    yet available in English, which enhance scholarship and teaching about
    Indonesia. Published by the Herb Feith Foundation in conjunction with Monash
    University, the books are available ‘open access’ or for free download. This
    will be the final book in the series.



    Series: Herb Feith Translation Series
    ISBN: 9781925835564
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