Andrea Hirata, already a phenomenon and a household name in his own country, came to the United States in 2010 to join the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, a prestigious program at America’s most highly regarded institution for creative writing. There, while working on his novels and publishing his first short story in English (in the Washington Square Review), he met literary agent Kathleen Anderson, director of Anderson Literary Management. She was convinced that this Indonesian superstar was destined for a wider audience – a global audience. Laskar Pelangi, or The Rainbow Troops, was a story of universal resonance, reminding us all of the importance of education: not just education inside the classroom walls but the deeper lessons of life and friendship.
Kathleen became Andrea’s agent, and shortly thereafter sold The Rainbow Troops to Sarah Crichton Books at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, one of New York’s leading publishers. Founded in 1946, Farrar, Straus & Giroux are famed for the exceptional authors they have published – their list encompasses many of America’s greatest living writers and an international spectrum of literary heavyweights. FSG’s authors have won numerous National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and twenty-two Nobel Prizes in literature.
Andrea Hirata’s The Rainbow Troops is set to join this great literary tradition with the publication of this eagerly awaited work in January 2013.