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From Jail to Jail

By Tan Malaka
Translation by Helen Jarvis
Introduction by Harry A. Poeze

“Long out of print (and certainly banned if not) in Indonesia … Helen Jarvis’ annotated translation makes the stories of this man’s extraordinary life accessible for the first time to people interested in the history of communism, nationalism, and revolution in Asia.”

Asian Studies Review

“Tan Malaka’s autobiography is a document both precious and rare. Rare as the autobiography of an Indonesian written in the 1940s and as the autobiography of an Asian Marxist. Precious as part textbook, part reminiscence, part polemic, a commentary on the times and a revealing window into the mind of an Asian revolutionary”

Journal of Asian Studies

From Jail to Jail  is the political autobiography of Sutan Ibrahim gelar Tan Malaka, an enigmatic and colorful political thinker of twentieth-century Asia, who was one of the most influential figures of the Indonesian Revolution. Variously labeled a communist, Trotskyite, and nationalist, Tan Malaka managed to run afoul of nearly every political group and faction involved in the Indonesian struggle for independence. During his decades of political activity, he spent periods of exile and hiding in nearly every country in Southeast Asia. As a Marxist who was expelled from and became a bitter enemy of his country’s Communist Party and as a nationalist who was imprisoned and murdered by his own government’s forces as a danger to its anticolonial struggle, Tan Malaka was and continues to be soaked in contradiction and controversy.

Translated by Helen Javis and with a new introduction from Harry A. Poeze, this edition of From Jail to Jail contextualizes the life and political accomplishments of Tan Malaka in one of the few known autobiographies by a Marxist of this political era and region.

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Research in International Studies, Southeast Asia Series, № 133

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Electronic
978-0-89680-404-3
Release date: February 2020
1209 pages
Rights:  World

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