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Jakarta Post

Unveiling sexuality and social insanity

  • Kurniawan Hari


Jakarta   /   Sun, April 11 2010   /  03:23 pm

There was a time when this country had an authoritarian leader who knew nothing but the accumulation of wealth and power to maintain control over society. He used military and civilian personnel to intimidate the people for the sake of his family and cronies. So rampant and ruthless was the oppression that the people had no choice but to go along with the abusive ruler for their own safety. Some of that very intimidation and oppression are vividly described in Okky Madasari's first novel, Entrok. From the pages, it is apparent that Okky, a journalist, seems to find more excitement in being a novelist than from her actual profession. The novel begins with a kind of prologue describing a conversation between a woman and her mother who is emotionally unstable. The woman tries to comfort her mother, telling her that she will find a job - a permanent job at the state office - a...