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    Seno Gumira Ajidarma

ISBN: 9786029144222

Jazz, Perfume & the Incident

by: Seno Gumira Ajidarma

On November 12, 1991, the Indonesian military opened fire on protestors in Dili, East Timor. Hundreds were killed and accounts of this massacre sparked international outrage. In Jakarta, a cover-up began immediately and the Indonesian mass media was cautioned to tow the official line. Seno Gumira Ajidarma refused to do so and transformed documentary evidence into semi-fictional form and published it as novel. This novel is a triptych, the first two of which—“Jazz” and “Perfume”—should be easily recognizable to most readers but “the Incident” is a collage of documents on an event in Indonesian history euphemistically referred to by the same name.

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On November 12, 1991, the Indonesian military opened fire on protestors in Dili, East Timor. Hundreds were killed and accounts of this massacre sparked international outrage. In Jakarta, a cover-up began immediately and the Indonesian mass media was cautioned to tow the official line. Seno Gumira Ajidarma refused to do so and transformed documentary evidence into semi-fictional form and published it as novel. This novel is a triptych, the first two of which—“Jazz” and “Perfume”—should be easily recognizable to most readers but “the Incident” is a collage of documents on an event in Indonesian history euphemistically referred to by the same name. ISBN: 9786029144222
Publish Date: 2012
Page Count: 198 pages
Having published more than 30 books since the 1980s, Seno Gumira Ajidarma is one of Indonesia’s most prolific authors. As a novelist, essayist, and short story writer, Seno’s work often both document everyday life and criticize contemporary social, cultural, and political conditions. His writing style is varied, ranging from reportage and realism to fantasy. Once asked whether his work is surrealism, magical realism, fantasy or postmodern journalism, he answered simply, “Call it whatever you want. It’s what I do.” In 2014, along with various journalists and communications professionals, he launched a blog called PanaJournal that featured human interest stories.
Translator :Gregory Harris
Gregory Harris was born in Boston and received his MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has taught writing at Harvard University since 2003, in both the College and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Harris first encountered Indonesian literature—including and the work of Seno Gumira Ajidarma—when he lived in Yogyakarta and taught at Gadjah Mada University on a Shansi Memorial Association Fellowship (1991-1993). His translation work, which he also undertook in Yogyakarta (1996-1997), was made possible by a grant from the Blakemore Foundation. Harris has been recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Oregon’s Regional Arts and Culture Council. His audio recording “Champion of Hot Peppers” won a 2001 National Parenting Publications Association Gold Medal for storytelling. His commentaries and reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe, on National Public Radio, and in the Harvard Review, among other places. His first novel, set in a conservation area of East Kalimantan, is currently under representation.

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Dimensions 14.5 x 21.5 cm

“Jazz, Perfume & the Incident”

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