By Takao Fusayama
considered one of our leader reservations in publishing the memoir lay within the author’s description of it as a “documentary novel,” yet we stumbled on that the “fictions” within the narrative relate usually to Dr. Fusayama’s dramatization of the motion through placing into direct speech his stories of the overall tenor of his conversations with many of the significant protagonists. As he notes in his Preface, he recorded his memories instantly after his repatriation to Japan, and it's glaring that his rendition of the occasions he witnessed are actual to his perceptions on the time. Dr. Fusayama has no longer replaced the names of the key old actors concerned, and, as he reassured us:
“In fact fictional names have been used only for Jusuf and his lover, Merry. Jusuf used to be killed within the warfare yet his kin are alive. Merry is usually alive someplace in Holland. on account that Jusuf was once suspected to be similar with enemy, i don't prefer to embarrass them by means of disclosing the genuine names. This hiding won't have an effect on the background simply because they didn't play any major role.”
Dr. Fusayama’s memoir bargains an strange and illuminating account of this era in Sumatra’s history.
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A Japanese Memoir of Sumatra, 1945-1946: Love and Hatred in the Liberation War (Classic Indonesia) by Takao Fusayama