Indonesian Andrea Hirata’s Novel : ‘The Rainbow Troops’ won in the New York Book Festival

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 | 1706

The Novel that brought the spotlight of the world on the enchanting island of Belitung in Sumatra, entitled "Laskar Pelangi" or the "The Rainbow Troops" made yet another remarkable achievement as it won the General Fiction category in the prestigious New York Book Festival 2013.

Written by Belitung born Andrea Hirata, which was later turned into a movie by director Mira Lesmana, the novel outranked some 20 other novels in the category, including US' s Sam Finlay's "Breakfast With The Dirt Cult".

Andrea himself is currently in Italy to launch the Italian version of The Rainbow Troops, entitled La Scuola Ai Confini Del Mondo published by Rizzoli. "Thankfully, the novel now is available in Italian, German, Portuguese, and Japanese, and are available in those countries" said Andrea who is also attending the Frankfurt Book Fair 2013.

The novel is also scheduled to be launched next month in the French and Bulgarian editions to be published by Mercure de France and Hermes.

"My old dreams to have my novel published by renowned publishers of the world such as Hanser Berlin, Rizzoli, and Mercure de France are finally coming true. It feels wonderful to see my novel on display in bookstores across Europe. I hope young Indonesian writers will be inspired and challenged to reach readers all across the globe" added Andrea as reported by,%20Belitung.jpg

"Laskar Pelangi" or the Rainbow Troops describes the challenges faced by a small village school and its students on the island of Belitung to survive against all odds when the tin industry - the mainstay of the island - fell into a global depression.