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Preview — Azab dan Sengsara by Merari Siregar. Azab dan Sengsara by Merari Siregar ,. Afnaldi Syaiful Goodreads Author Penyadur. Get A Copy. Published first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews.
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But probably its depressing subject matter in the times of coronavirus made it difficult for me to read it through it quickly. This book was published in and is often tauted as the first Indonesian novel. Indonesia as a nation formed only 25 years later and Bahasa Indonesia as a language was not yet formally recognized yet, from my understanding.
I find it amazing how people wrote in a language simply to Finally finished this. I find it amazing how people wrote in a language simply to convey a message without realizing what they are doing to language.
Anyway, what drew me most to the book is the fact that the author belongs to the Batak tribe, like my family. I've never read a proper book by a Batak author. So it's about time! Azab and Sengsara, which means "punishment and misery," already hints at the depressing nature of the story, which is about a doomed love a more lame Romeo and heartbroken Juliet. Amin'uddin and Mariam are "pariban".
Ok, let me tell you something about the Batak tribe of North Sumatra. Unlike Javanese people, who don't have any surnames and often go through life with only one name, Batak people carry a clan name "marga" , which is passed down from father to child.
When Batak people meet each other for the first time, anywhere in Indonesia, one of the first questions is always, what's your marga? This way one can establish how close one's relationship is to each other and one can approximately guess where one's ancestors are from Batak territory is divided into 6 regions if I am not mistaken.
When it comes to marriage, it is strictly forbidden for a Batak person to marry somebody of the same marga, no matter how distant your relation is. The same marga means you share the same ancestor.
However, there's a flip side to this story! To keep relationships harmonious, especially towards the mother's side of the family, there's a relationship called "pariban" which is seen as ideal: a woman's son is encouraged to marry the daughter of his mother's brother uncle. It has to be exactly this combination not a woman's daughter or an uncle's son etc. Pariban share the same grandparents and are actually cousins, but their margas are different, so this is totally acceptable.
When a woman marries in Batak culture, she leaves her family and becomes part of her husband's family. So Amin'uddin and Mariam are pariban. They have known each other since they were little children and share a great love for each other.
This love grows even more when Amin'uddin rescues Mariam when she fell into the river during a storm. She feels her soul is indebted to him and thanks him for saving her life. In order to get married, Amin'uddin has to establish himself first so he can support them both. So he goes to the fields of Deli near Medan where there's plenty of work.
Mariam is left in the village of Sipirok, where she lives with her poor mother and younger sibling. She misses Amin'uddin. He writes to his parents that he wants to get married to Mariam. Things go horribly wrong. I don't want to spoil the story, but in this book the author questions traditions, forced marriages and male-female relationship. I think similar to Layar Terkembang which I just read prior to this , the author wanted to spread a conscious message via a literary work. He wants his readers to become more aware about marriage.
For most Indonesians, marriage is just something one has to tick off during life. If one doesn't get married, one is looked down upon in society, even worse your own parents will be viewed as failures for failing to get you married off. Siregar, however witnessed in his own life how a lot of human pain stemmed from this blind obeisance to tradition and society's expectation. Forced marriage led to miserable husbands and wives.
Children grew up with a parent absent. Some part of tradition must be viewed critically and true love must be respected. What Amin'uddin's father and Mariam's father did were truly disgusting.
This novel was very critical of men, which I found impressive, given that this was written by a male author and published in ! I also liked how the author showed certain Batak cultural aspect and their obsession with legal justice. That was painful to read for me too. Demikian pula jadinya pada anak laki-laki. Haruslah ia lekas dikawinkan, karena keaibanlah di mata orang banyak kalau orang tua terlambat memperistrikan anaknya.
Missy J Unfortunately there's no English translation yet. Pleased to hear that you visited Sumatra. Which places did you go to?
Jun 03, AM. Next we went via a 9 hour drive to Mount Kerinci area, staying in a very nice little family-run cabin Home Stay Resort overlooking the valley below, with calls to prayer from the various mosques below. It was a very relaxing experience. From there, we eventually made our way by air to Penang in Malaysia. Of course, there is much more to Indonesia than Sumatra but this was a good beginning!
Everywhere people were very friendly. However, I have to say that I am not a fan of Durian and I also very much dislike the practice of selling dogs to be eaten! Oh well, everything else I enjoyed very much. I would like to buy one. I only can remember a bit of the story.
Read harder challenge Read a book published between and This classic work first published in It belongs to Balai Pustaka Era. Aside from the different setting, which is in Sipirok, Tapanuli, the story quite similar with Sitti Nurbaya by Marah Rusli, about arranged marriage, unrequited love that ended in tragedy.
It also attests women status in the society at the time. A woman would be a disgrac Read harder challenge Read a book published between and This classic work first published in A woman would be a disgrace if she divorced.
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It tells the story of two lovers, Amiruddin and Mariamin, who are unable to marry and eventually become miserable. It is generally considered the first modern Indonesian novel. Azab dan Sengsara was written by Merari Siregar to "show the traditions and habits which are less than desirable amongst [Batak] people, especially the men. Amiruddin, the son of a village leader in Sipirok , falls in love with his cousin Mariamin, the daughter of a formerly-rich family. Having been friends since childhood, Amiruddin and Mariamin promise to get engaged once Amiruddin has a job. In order to find a job, Amiruddin goes to Medan ; upon finding a job, he sends a letter to his parents, Mariamin, and Mariamin's parents declaring that he wishes to marry her.