The most ingenious and unusual novel you will read all year, where you choose your own story
You've grown roots, you're gathering moss. You're desperate to escape your boring life teaching English in Jakarta, to go out and see the world. So you make a Faustian pact with a devil, who gives you a gift, and a warning. A pair of red shoes to take you wherever you want to go.
You're forever wandering, everywhere and nowhere, but where is your home?
And where will you choose to go?
To New York, to follow your dreams?
To Berlin or Amsterdam? Lima or Tijuana? Or onto a train that will never stop?
The choices you make about which pages to turn to may mean you'll become a tourist or an undocumented migrant, a mother or a murderer, and you will meet many travellers with their own stories to tell. As your paths cross and intertwine, you'll soon realise that no story is ever new.
The Wandering is a novel about 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, by one of Asia's most exciting writers. It's a reminder that borders are real, and a playful experiment that turns the traditional adventure story on its head.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 592 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 39 mm
Sets you free to roam the Earth... an incisive commentary on the cosmopolitan condition. -- Tiffany Tsao
The perfect match of theme and genre...impeccably executed... This book is escapism taken to the next level, while still making serious and significant comments about modern societies... Paramaditha excels at mordant observations about migration, the brutality of Trump's America, the falsehood of the American dream, and the personal dimension of the 'refugee crisis'... [It] made me think about the world, about chance and fate and the choices we make. -- Helen Vassallo * Translating Women *
A story of migration, of searching the world for happiness and hoping that it will be found over the next page (or if you turn to page 42)... While it might seem at first to be a book about travel, it is in fact a tale of belonging... A deeply affecting, intensely personal novel that uses its experimental method of storytelling to worm its way into your very bones... an interactive adventure like no other. -- Will Heath * Books and Bao *
Intan Paramaditha shakes up her readers. Her stories reveal that the most terrifying thing in life is not one of the supernatural ghosts that populate her work, but human prejudice. As far as I'm concerned, only writers of genius are able to convey a layered and nuanced world, and Paramaditha is one of them. -- Eka Kurniawan
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