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Marni, perempuan Jawa buta huruf yang masih memuja leluhur. Melalui sesajen dia menemukan dewa-dewanya, memanjatkan harapannya. Tak pernah dia mengenal Tuhan yang datang dari negeri nun jauh di sana. Dengan caranya sendiri dia mempertahankan hidup. Menukar keringat dengan sepeser demi sepeser uang. Adakah yang salah selama dia tidak mencuri, menipu, atau membunuh?

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Paperback, 282 pages
Published April 5th 2010 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama
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May 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel-indonesia
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Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
I still consider that reading a work of fiction with footnotes is weird. But without them, I'd probably won't understand what were the underlying premises behind (most parts) of the stories. Like this debut novel by Okky Madasari, "Entrok" (means bra in Javanese language).

I can say that I got some useful insights about rural Javanese people, the poor and uneducated class, from this book. It showed me that it is important to understand backgrounds (may they be social-cultural, economic, education
Aqmarina Andira
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Power is a very dangerous thing. I think everyone will agree with me.

Just because had successfully "kicked" PKI's ass together, and had declared themselves as the "winning force" in Indonesia, military and religious organisation has this powerful domination in people's life, especially in the "new order" era. Just by walking around in your green uniform and your leather high boots or wearing a white cap, growing your beard, and putting turban around your neck, you can easily make everything righ
Natasia Angel
This is the book that teach me more about the regime of Soeharto, the famous dictator of Indonesia (1966 -1998).. Not actually the politic things, but enough to know it from the point of view of a woman and her daughter..

For some people, brassier a.k.a. bra is only known as the thing to cover your breasts.. But not for Marni, a young woman in a small village in Java called Singget.. It was her hope, her dream, for she was so poor that she could not buy anything.. Her mother told her that to have
Jul 02, 2010 marked it as to-read
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Hasil malak Patrick ^^ ...more
Indah Threez Lestari
Jul 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: punya, indonesian
721st - 2011
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I finished it :)

Next project : 86
Apakah akan sebagus Entrok? Let's wait and see :))
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I recommend this book to anyone who want read good book.

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Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i don't know what to say. this is a fictional history that can make me upset, disappointed, sad at the same time. i really really felt the whole incident. thank you kak Okky for your amazing book. 💙
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story began with Marni & her mother. Marni was an ambitious teenage girl who wanted more from her life. She was an only child, raised by her mother. The mother ni kerja dekat pasar, cutting vegetables. Since the work was generally easy, they (women) were paid by food, not money. Only men, who was doing the heavy lifting, gets paid with money.

I loved teenage Marni bcs she was ambitious & unprecedented - wanting to be paid with money for her services, wanting to wear an entrok (bra) when it wa
It's difficult to review a book that I know wasn't written for me. This is one of the best parts of the women in translation project, when I get to encounter a book that is so utterly outside of my comfort zone and area of knowledge that I feel my mind reaching out and growing in response to the new information. The Years of the Voiceless by Okky Madasari (translated from the Indonesian by Nurhayat Indriyatno Mohamed) was not written for me, who has never formally learned anything about Indonesi ...more
Marcy Weasly
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although i must saay i expected more of the ending, but it gave me the more ironic closure this book always gives haha seeing how times havent changed for either both marni and rahayu made me see the bond they have. Despite their major differences of beliefs, one thing was certain: they were victims of extortion and the state.
Desvita Tria
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It contains a lot of things that I've never known before. Amazing. After I read this book, I became love Indonesia more and more. Because this book tells us about what happened in Indonesia around 1950 until 1990, with the fascinating story about Rahayu and her mom.
Heni Mujaa
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Cuman mau bilang: We are all sinners with different levels. Udah itu aja.
Tarri Pewe
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
U should read this
Carpediem Fanny
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book makes me feel emotional.
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cried. Recommended.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you seeking for historical fiction of indonesia. You must read this one.
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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i am in love with this book
Hasna Afifah
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this successfully torn my heart into pieces, especially as a woman
Radia Fineska
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
For those who seek historical novel with drama and tragedy.
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiksi-indonesia
Entrok started with a daughter telling her mother of a much-awaited happy news. Despite the happy news, though, you get the sense that something really bad had happened and the daughter blamed herself for her mother's senility. The contradicting atmosphere of her regret piqued my interest enough to keep me continue reading.

And I can't put it down until I finished it two hours later.

The story itself is told alternatingly between the mother (Marni), and the daughter (Rahayu). With a story that enc
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: indonesia
I have mixed feelings about this book. I appreciate the author's attempt to highlight the harshness of living in Indonesia under the New Order and other important subjects (the arbitrary communist accusations, the corrupt soldiers, the rigged elections, the silenced press, the unequal treatment between men and women, etc.) But I feel the author is rushing in narrating the lives of Marni and Rahayu, the main characters in the book, thus the centrepiece of the story (or at least my interpretation ...more
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some books make you cry because of their beauty. This is the opposite. Entrok is gritty and too real. The narration raises issues on religious pluralism, feminism, politics - just to name a few. However, I was fixated on the mother-daughter tumultuous relationship, spanning over years and generations. It is a heavy book which will leave you with a heavy heart. Both characters are heroes as well as villains. Struggling with moral, ethical, and religious dilemmas, they drift apart and begrudgingly ...more
Brigida Marcella
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written of ups and downs of life, about the blurring values from time to time and hypocricy of society that is responsible for an individual's ordeal. Entrok is a poetic piece, narrated by two main characters coming from two generations collided with their own drama and POV, with bigger and untouchable danger of injustice became threats that would only bond the broken piece that ever was.
Kate Walton
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, indonesia
I read the Bahasa Indonesia version.

Absolutely phenomenal portrayal of two average women's lives under Suharto's New Order regime. There were some really heart-rending moments and I wanted to cry at some points. Fantastic writing.
Asterica Ardhikawati
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
*will write a review soon
May Purnamasari
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading this, English version 'the years of the voiceless"
Aulia Fajri
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
mom and daughter having different belief. but still this book is worth to read.
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Okky Madasari is an Indonesian novelist. She is well-known for her social criticism with her fiction highlighting social issues, such as injustice and discrimination, and above all, about humanity. In academic field, her main interest is on literature, censorship and freedom of expression, and sociology of knowledge.

Since 2010 Okky has published 10 books, comprising of five novels, one short-stor

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