Andrea Hirata Quotes

  • Happiness is actually found in simple things, such as taking my nephew around the island by bicycle or seeing the stars at night. We go to coffee shops or see airplanes land at the airport.
  • I've backpacked to countries like Italy and Turkey and observed beautiful scenery, but then I realized that beauty was always very close to me. It is here in Belitung Island, where the rivers, beaches and the terrain captivate my attention most.
  • I want to write books that can truly become a legacy and bring benefits to people.
  • It took me six novels before I felt confident of my voice as a writer.
  • I think what matters most in literary work is the context, not the text.
  • I changed the course of my life, from the rigidity of mathematics and the corporate rhythm to a more bohemian world.
  • When I was a child, I saw in the news that a person from Belitung had done well in sports in Jakarta, and I just couldn't imagine that it was possible for someone from here to become famous, and it's still very isolated out here.
  • It turns out that popularity is scary. I don't feel comfortable receiving so much attention from people; perhaps that's because I'm just a kampong boy.
  • Writing is taking a risk, and it is actually fighting invisible and invincible enemies. They are over-confidence, stupidity, expectation and narcissism.
  • The treasure of a writer is to maintain their own style.
  • I am a writer who has a policy to allocate 90 percent of my time for research and the remaining 10 percent to write.
  • I am the only one who is not married among my siblings.
  • I am a working person. I always work, study or do research for my novel. I even work on Sunday.
  • One of the challenges is creating characters. I am trying to compose my sentences to express epic events happening to ordinary people.
  • I'm a small-town boy who comes from a traditional family on a tiny island called Belitung. I may not know where I'm going, but I'll always know where to come home to.
  • Indonesian writers are so far behind in terms of global exposure compared with the Philippines and Japanese writers.
  • As a writer, I can't really take days off. Writing is like creating an art. Once you stop writing, you can lose your rhythm and context, meaning that your writing may lose its power.