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Andrea Hirata

MSc International Business and Management, Class of 2002

Indonesian author Andrea graduated in 2002, and his first novel The Rainbow Troops won the prize for general fiction at the New York Book Festival 2013 and is currently the bestselling Indonesian novel of all time.

What happened after I graduated

'I graduated with an MSc in International Business in 2002. I worked for Indonesia's biggest telecommunication company as a Financial Analyst. In 2005, I started writing novels with pen name Andrea Hirata. My first novel The Rainbow Troops published by FSG New York happened to be Indonesia’s best-selling novel of all time. It has been translated into 34 languages and published by prominent publishers around the globe. The Rainbow Troops led me to become the winner of New York Book Festival 2013 for general fiction category, and the winner of Buchawards 2013 in Germany for Die Regenbogen Truppe (The Rainbow Troops German edition). I have always been interested in writing fiction and my writing has been enriched in so many ways by other disciplines, such as international economics and corporate culture.'

What my job involves

'I am now working on my new novel and in addition I am also building Indonesia’s first literary museum called Museum Kata (Words Museum) to encourage interest in reading and literature. It has started literary tourism for the first time in Indonesia.

'I enjoy interacting with editors and translators of my novel and my keys of success are never stop learning and always be passionate in my writing. Links to my works include

'I have created a free school for children living under poverty and I myself have been teaching them for this last five years. The free school is actually part of my literary museum program. I teach English, creative writing, character buildings and a little bit of music.'

Future plans

'I have a big dream to be the first Indonesian author to win Nobel Prize in Literature.'

How Sheffield Hallam have helped me

'My studies have contributed significantly to my current profession as an author. The studies has broaden my knowledge and skill especially in research methodology that very much applicable in my creative process. To be more specific, I was given corporate culture subject which I apply in my writing for researching any cultures.

'One of the most interesting and valuable experiences during my studies was the opportunity to not only visit but also study and work in small businesses around the Midlands. It has given me inspiration to relate what I have learned in class to the real world.'

A word to the wise

'Be open for all kinds of possibilities, and always remember that we are so lucky to have quality education in Sheffield Hallam University, and it’s time to create our own masterpieces.'

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