The Wandering


Author: Intan Paramaditha
ISBN: 9781787301184
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harvill Secker

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The most ingenious, unique novel you will read all year, where you choose your own story as you travel across the worldYou’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. But 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? You’re forever wandering, everywhere and nowhere, but are you ever home?The choices you make may mean you end up as 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 come to 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 playful and ingenious reminder that borders are real, that turns the traditional adventure story on its head.

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Intan Paramaditha




Harvill Secker