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Jakarta Post

Andrea Hirata: Asking all the right questions, from the start to The End

  • Emmy Fitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 4 2008   /  10:06 am

Initially, Andrea Hirata was trying only to reconcile himself with his bitter past when he decided to write about the earliest fragments of his life. One thing in his mind was to share his manuscripts with childhood friends who had been in the same boat. Living with a lack of almost everything is traumatic, especially for children, he said recently. "It's a real struggle to go back in time to growing up in a poor neighborhood (in Belitung), while next to our place was a giant state mining company that had all the luxuries in the world to offer its staff and their families," said Andrea who was born on Oct. 24. He is very strict about not revealing the year in which he was born, not wanting readers of his semi-autobiographical novel to confuse fact with fiction. Never mind though, the way in which he tells his story is so frank that, without knowi...