ANDREA HIRATA was born on the island of Belitong, Indonesia, in 1982. Most recently, he was a fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He graduated cum laude in economics from Universitas Indonesia and received a European Union scholarship to attend the Universit? Paris-Sorbonne and Sheffield Hallam University in the U.K. He currently lives in Bandung in West Java, Indonesia. Follow him on Twitter @AndreaHirata.