Monday, 8 March 2021
His diary is not a monologue, and not a soliloquy: even in the narrowest of cells and in the most cruel oppression—particularly in Nusabambangan, the camp that was actually even worse than Buru—his voice was one of many.
Who is a beast now, who is a man
How long before the execution
— Anna Akhmatova.
TEDJABAYU has died, like the proverbial tiger that leaves behind its brilliant stripes. He departed, forever, just a few days after his book Mutiara di Padang Ilalang (Pearl in the Prairie) was launched.
The seed of the book was planted before 1978 in the form of a diary that he wrote in secret while incarcerated in the New Order&rsquo...
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