I've just finished reading a wonderful book.
It's about East Timor and the abusive occupation of the island by Indonesia when the Portuguese left in 1975.The plot happens between that date and 1999 when the referendum finally gives the native people the right to self-determination and the country's independence.
The story is told by Paulino da Conceição, a character that is a live witness to all the massacres, violence and usurpation of the most elementar human rights, under the domination of the Indonesian government.
The book is a most faithful documentary of the events and the political efforts made by the portuguese governments to attract the international attention to the problem in East Timor.The book is recommended as an historical document, as well as a novel. The story of Paulino and his family's tragedy reveals the real tragedy of hundreds of families, whose only wish was to be free.
Ilha das Trevas is another great book (novel) written by José Rodrigues dos Santos.