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Jakarta Post

The land of promises

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 4 2012   /  01:57 pm

It did not take long for former journalist Ahmad Fuadi’s semi-biographical novel Negeri 5 Menara (The Land of Five Towers) to become a best-selling work of fiction.

The novel, which carries a famous mantra man jadda wajada – an Arabic saying which roughly means “whoever does something persistently will succeed”, won the hearts of many bookworms with its positive messages of strong friendship, family ties and unrelenting hard work.

Negeri 5 Menara or N5M is the first book in a literary trilogy. It has been reprinted 12 times, sold more than 200,000 copies across the country and translated to English.

Ahmad has launched the second installment titled Ranah 3 Warna (The Domain of 3 Colors) and is currently working on the third book in the series.

The fame of N5M attracted a Malaysian publishing company to buy the copyrights of the first two books. N5M has...