Indonesian travel novel a tribute to open borders

All Things Books / Interview

About The Wandering,
Written by John Krich, and was originally published in Nikkei Asian Review,
Jul 31, 2020


More than nine years ago the Indonesian feminist writer Intan Paramaditha began working on her first novel, a structurally ambitious pop fable that aimed primarily at liberating women from traditional roles to take to the roads of the world.

“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go wandering” was the tagline when the book was published in her homeland in 2017 under the title “Gentayanga,” a name that the author says is often used to “describe ghosts who are not in the world of the living but have not crossed over to the other world. … That state of being neither here nor there.”

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