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Andrea Hirata: Savoring a taste of home

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 25 2010   /  12:58 pm

Novelist Andrea Hirata says that spending hours hanging out in coffee shops in his home village Gantung, Belitung, has given him a lot of ideas for his books. That is why he likes to spend most of his weekends there, besides taking his nephew and nieces to beautiful beaches on the island.

“At the moment, I am busy with the construction of a library I’ve dedicated for the community in my village. It is almost done and I expect it to be ready in early August.When I am in Jakarta or Bandung I will be busy with my scheduled book discussions, seminars, talk shows and a literary festival. In my home village, life is easier and I can relax easily, every day is Sunday there.“I don’t abide by rigid schedules when I am in the village, it’s the same day in, day out, but I really enjoy it. I love to spend my time in a small cabin near the river just to write or simply daydream.“Ea...