Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s writing is social and historical in its orientation. He was concerned with questions of inequality and injustice resulting from colonialism and from the feudalism of traditional societies. Nearly all of Pramoedya’s fiction and nonfiction dealt with Indonesian nationalism and with the struggle against foreign and native oppressors. Pramoedya was politically engaged for most of his own life and spent years in a prison camp, where he composed his best-known work, the Buru Quartet. His own life as a political writer and his family history furnished him with much of the material for his literature.