Jazz, Perfume and the Incident by Seno Gumira Ajidarma

All Things Books / Review

About Jazz, Perfume & the Incident,
Written by Bill Dalton, and was originally published in Bali Advertiser,
Jun 01, 2013

Ostensibly from its title you’d think this is a book of light-hearted short stories, but this is decidedly not the case. The unorthodox structure of this supposedly cosmopolitan novel is a disguise. The searing emotional thrust of Jazz, Perfume & The Incident centers around one of the most shameful episodes in Indonesia’s modern history – the infamous massacre of civilians in Dili, the capital of East Timor. Euphemistically known as The Dili Incident, you need a strong stomach to read the eight depressing chapters entitled “Report on the Incident” nos. 1, 2, 3, etc.

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