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Andrea Hirata’s novels
to hit overseas bookstores

JAKARTA: Author Andrea Hirata has a good reason to be happy these days — his best-selling tetralogy Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Warriors) is going to be sold internationally.

Andrea said recently that American translator Angie Leilbane was translating his books into English for an overseas market.

“This is the most important week in my career, because I have just signed a deal with an international agent to publish my four Laskar Pelangi novels globally,” Andrea said as quoted by news agency Antara.

The international agent, according to Andrea, is Amer & Asia Co. Ltd. from Tucson, Virginia, in the United States. Besides the US, the agency has already signed deals to release the books in Germany, China, Vietnam and Egypt.
Andrea explained he would receive 12 percent in royalties, which he would share with his publisher in Indonesia, Bentang.

“This is our [my publisher’s and my] opportunity to prove I can write for an international as well as Indonesian audience,” Andrea said.

Andrea first published Laskar Pelangi in 2005, which was followed by Sang Pemimpi (The Dreamer), Edensor and Maryamah Karpov. Two of the novels in the series, Laskar Pelangi and Sang Pemimpi, have already been adapted into movies by filmmakers Mira Lesmana and Riri Riza, and both films have received international awards. — JP

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