Translated by Angie Kilbane
A memoir – first book of a trilogy
(approx.. 70,000 words)
World rights available excluding Indonesia and Malaysia
Ahmad Fuadi’s coming of age novel Negeri 5 Menara (The Land of Five Towers) took Indonesia by storm when it was first published. The recent release of a film adaptation has brought even wider appeal to this charming story of young boys growing up in small town Indonesia and not giving up on their big dreams.
The trilogy tells the story of Alif’s journey and his quest to find his mission in life. As encouraged by his culture, Alif travels far to seek knowledge and widen his view of the world. His journey starts from his humble village by Lake Maniniau in West Sumatra, Indonesia, and takes him to lands as far as the United States and United Kingdom.
‘The Land of Five’ Towers (2009) is the first book in a trilogy. It covers Alif’s teenage years in an Islamic boarding school in Java; the second book, ‘The Earth of Three Colors’ (2011), is about his university years in Indonesia and Canada and the third, ‘The Bay of One Destiny’ (2012) is about his struggle to find love and the meaning of his life.