The Wandering

The Wandering

Summary

*The most unusual novel you will read all year, where you create your own story*

'An ingenious choose-your-own-adventure challenge' Lauren Elkin, Guardian

Longlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize

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.

Turn the page and make your choice.

You may become a tourist or an undocumented migrant, a mother or a murderer, and you will meet other travellers with their own stories to tell. Freedom awaits but borders are real. And no story is ever new.

'Sets you free to roam the Earth... an incisive commentary on the cosmopolitan condition' Tiffany Tsao

'An electrifying novel about cosmopolitanism and global nomadism that keeps readers on their toes' Book Riot


Winner of an English PEN Translates Award, and a Heim Translation Fund Grant from PEN America

Reviews

  • An ingenious choose-your-own-adventure challenge... Questions such as: “Where am I going?”... “Which choice will make my life worthwhile?” feel existential and urgent... Who can travel, and on what conditions, is one of the primary human rights questions of our era, and The Wandering skilfully takes it on.
    Lauren Elkin, Guardian

About the author

Intan Paramaditha

Intan Paramaditha is an Indonesian writer now based in Sydney. She is the acclaimed author of two short story collections, Sihir Perempuan (2005) and Kumpulan Budak Setan (2010, with Eka Kurniawan and Ugoran Prasad), from which the stories in her first collection in English, Apple and Knife, are drawn. Her fiction has received awards in Indonesia, including the Kompas Best Short Story Award, Tempo Best Literary Fiction of the Year, and Khatulistiwa Literary Awards shortlist. She holds a PhD from New York University and teaches Media and Film Studies at Macquarie University. The Wandering is her debut novel. intanparamaditha.com
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