An ingeniously crafted novel by award-winning writer Intan Paramaditha, The Wandering is a literal choose-your-own-adventure story. It explores the highs and lows of global nomadism, the politics and privileges of travel and desire, and the freedoms and limitations of the choices we make. Depending on which pages you turn to, you could become a tourist or an undocumented migrant, a mother or a murderer, as you meet many other travellers with stories to tell. Shirley Le talks with Intan about an electrifying novel that turns the traditional adventure story on its head.
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Intan Paramaditha (Australian)
Intan Paramaditha is an Indonesian writer and academic based in Sydney. She is the author of The Wandering, winner of PEN Translates Award, and Apple and Knife. She holds a PhD from New York University and teaches media and film studies at Macquarie University.
Shirley Le (Australian)
Shirley Le is a Vietnamese-Australian writer from Yagoona. She is a member of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement and holds a BA from Macquarie University. Her short stories and essays have been published in SBS Life, The Lifted Brow, The Griffith Review, Meanjin and The Big Black Thing.
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