2020: Translations from Southeast, South and West Asia

All Things Books / Recos

About The Wandering,
and was originally published in Asian Review of Books,
Jan 03, 2021

The Wandering by Intan Paramaditha,  translated by Stephen J Epstein

The story begins in Jakarta, a hubbub of street vendors, motorbikes, and calls to prayer from mosque loudspeakers. “Travelling is the most ancient desire”, writes Intan Paramaditha in her first novel, a choose-your-own-adventure story published this February as global mobility ground to a halt. The wandering narrator, addressed in the second person befitting the conventions of the form, travels along multiple routes to Berlin, New York, and even outer space as she faces ordeals that illustrate the privileges of going abroad and the limitations of individual choice.

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