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Questions of Travel

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

A mesmerising literary novel, Questions of Travel charts two very different lives. Laura travels the world before returning to Sydney, where she works for a publisher of travel guides. Ravi dreams of being a tourist until he is driven from Sri Lanka by devastating events.

Around these two superbly drawn characters, a double narrative assembles an enthralling array of people, places and stories – from Theo, whose life plays out in the long shadow of the past, to Hana, an Ethiopian woman determined to reinvent herself in Australia.

Award-winning author Michelle de Kretser illuminates travel, work and modern dreams in this brilliant evocation of the way we live now. Wonderfully written, Questions of Travel is an extraordinary work of imagination – a transformative, very funny and intensely moving novel.

Judges’ Comments

This is an outstanding story of two diverse characters, a Sinhalese man, Ravi, and an Australian woman, Laura.

Ravi is forced to leave his homeland, Laura chooses to leave hers. Each of their stories is told in alternating chapters, each of their lives reflecting upon the other.

This novel explores questions of identity, of displacement and belonging; of freedom and oppression; of love and hate, in prose that mesmerises, surprises, delights.

Set against the horrific backdrop of the civil war in Sri Lanka, hypnotic story-telling introduces an unforgettable cast of characters, each struggling to survive in their own way.

This is a big novel, dealing with big issues. But its humanity never flags.

A tour de force.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Michelle
de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor, and a book reviewer. She is the author of The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, which won the Commonwealth Prize (SE Asia and Pacific region) and the UK Encore Prize, and The Lost Dog, which was widely praised by writers such as AS Byatt, Hilary Mantel, and William Boyd and won a swag of awards, including the 2008 NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and the 2008 ALS Gold Medal. The Lost Dog was also shortlisted for the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, the Western Australian Premier’s Australia-Asia Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Asia-Pacific Region), and Orange Prize’s Shadow Youth Panel. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her last novel, Questions of Travel, received 14 honors, including winning the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor, and a book reviewer. She is the author of The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, which won the Commonwealth Prize (SE Asia and Pacific region) and the UK Encore Prize, and The Lost Dog, which was widely praised by writers such as AS Byatt, Hilary Mantel, and William Boyd and won a swag of awards, including the 2008 NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and the 2008 ALS Gold Medal. The Lost Dog was also shortlisted for the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, the Western Australian Premier’s Australia-Asia Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Asia-Pacific Region), and Orange Prize’s Shadow Youth Panel. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her last novel, Questions of Travel, received 14 honors, including winning the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Michelle de Kretser’s telling of contemporary life in Australia through her protagonists Laura and Ravi is a very amusing and, at the same time, an intensely moving novel. Through themes of travel, work and dreams, the author has created an extraordinary work of imagination.

Conveyed through two very different perspectives, Michelle de Kretser’s double narrative traverses the world through three decades, exploring the changing nature of travel and tourism along with complex and topical universal themes. Rich in description, this expansive narrative’s vivid settings leap from the page. Questions of Travel has been short listed for a number of major Australian literary awards.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
02/01/2014
Country
Australia
Original Language
English
Publisher
Allen and Unwin

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