By Takao Fusayama
one in every of our leader reservations in publishing the memoir lay within the author’s description of it as a “documentary novel,” yet we came upon that the “fictions” within the narrative relate usually to Dr. Fusayama’s dramatization of the motion by means of placing into direct speech his thoughts of the final tenor of his conversations with the various significant protagonists. As he notes in his Preface, he recorded his memories instantly after his repatriation to Japan, and it's obvious that his rendition of the occasions he witnessed are precise to his perceptions on the time. Dr. Fusayama has no longer replaced the names of the foremost ancient 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 battle yet his family are alive. Merry is additionally alive someplace in Holland. in view that Jusuf was once suspected to be similar with enemy, i don't wish to embarrass them via disclosing the true 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