Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer honoured in Google Doodle


GOOGLE Indonesia on Monday marked what would have been the 92nd birthday of one of the nation’s most prominent writers with a “doodle” on its homepage.

The Internet giant commemorated Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s birthday with an animation of the prolific novelist hard at work on his typewriter.

Known as a proponent of human rights and freedom of expression, Pramoedya or ‘Pram’ as he is affectionately known, has a reputation for fighting Japanese and Dutch colonialism in Indonesia.

Pram, who was born on Feb 6, 1925, in a village called Blora on Java, learned about political activism from his father. His first stint in journalism was as a stenographer for a Japanese news agency.

Imprisoned by Dutch troops for being “anti-colonial”, Pram wrote his first novel The Fugitive Behind Bars during his incarceration from 1947-1949. Read more

Source: Asian Correspondent