Saturday, September 30, 2006

Reading Hugo's Lesmis in Kuala Lipis in 1930s

I had never met Kamarulzaman Teh (1920-2002) when he was alive but from his posthumous biography Gerakan dan Tokoh Kiri - Kamarulzaman Teh dalam Kancah Perjuangan Kemerdekaan (SIRD, Petaling Jaya, 2006), I now know he actually shared my liking for Victor Hugo's masterpiece Les Misérables. The timeless world literature is now back on the stage in London and New York.

According to his biographer Dr. Mohamed Salleh Lamry, a now retired former Associate Professor of UKM's Faculty Social Sciences and Humanities, who had interviewed the communist who was incarcerated for 22 years before, Pak Zaman read the book in 1930s while he was a student of Clifford School in Pahang's Kuala Lipis and he was inspired by the book's message of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.

In memory of Pak Zaman, anti-fascist patriot

More reflections on biography of Pak Zaman

Posthumous biography of Kamarulzaman Teh


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