By Takao Fusayama
certainly one of our leader reservations in publishing the memoir lay within the author’s description of it as a “documentary novel,” yet we chanced on that the “fictions” within the narrative relate typically to Dr. Fusayama’s dramatization of the motion through placing into direct speech his stories of the final tenor of his conversations with the various significant protagonists. As he notes in his Preface, he recorded his reminiscences instantly after his repatriation to Japan, and it's obvious that his rendition of the occasions he witnessed are actual to his perceptions on the time. Dr. Fusayama has now not replaced the names of the foremost ancient actors concerned, and, as he reassured us:
“In truth fictional names have been used only for Jusuf and his lover, Merry. Jusuf was once killed within the struggle yet his family members are alive. Merry can also be alive someplace in Holland. due to the fact that Jusuf used to be suspected to be comparable with enemy, i don't wish to embarrass them by way of disclosing the true names. This hiding won't impact the background simply because they didn't play any major role.”
Dr. Fusayama’s memoir deals 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