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1 Toer, Pramoedya Ananta THE GIRL FROM THE COAST: A NOVEL
Hyperion 2002 0786868201 / 9780786868209 First Hardcover F/VF 
A highly collectible first edition, a tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions or markings, not price clipped an ex-libra ry or a book of the month club edition. Imprisoned for more than 17 years for his opposition to tyranny, Toer dramatizes with grace and valor the injustices and glory of human life in his many internationally acclaimed books, which are banned in Indonesia, his homeland. In this pearlescent tale of feudal Java, a beautiful young woman from a poor fishing village has the misfortune of catching the eye of a Muslim aristocrat who asks to marry her, but who, after a brief ceremony in which a dagger takes the place of the groom, merely installs her in his bleak residence as a lowly concubine. Toer illuminates the poetic mind of his young heroine as she despairs of her prisonlike existence, pines for the sensual freedom of her former life, and puzzles over such conundrums as how a man as fraudulent as her "husband" instills fear in others, while honest and courageous men like her father are powerless; what makes her "better" than her servant; and how a woman can be considered nothing more than a man's property. As Toer unfurls this entrancing, indelible tale based on his grandmother's hard life, he deftly dissects the conventions that enable a brutal few to oppress the suffering many. 
Price: 2000.00 JPY
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