Set in Sydney, London and Colombo, and taking side-trips all over the world, Questions of Travel examines exactly that: what is it that urges us to see other countries and cultures, and what is it we gain from our fleeting observations of them?
The novel's two main characters, young Australian woman Laura and young Sri Lankan man Ravi, are both in search of home - not just where it may be, but what it is.
Laura is restless and unfulfilled and spends her youth travelling all over the world before wondering whether home might be right back where she started out from. She returns to Sydney and to the affair she's longed for, but eventually realises home cannot be conjured by other people - it is from within her that she will find that sense of place and belonging. Ravi flees his homeland after a terrorist attack claims his Tamil wife and daughter. He is a refugee in the widest sense of the world - fleeing not only danger in his homeland but the horror in his own heart and the memories that won't let him go. Perhaps Australia is the haven he has been searching for - if he is allowed to stay - but when he is eventually forced to decide, why is his heart telling him to take a different turn altogether?
Home, heart, belonging, exile. How do we know when we are home and what does it actually mean?
This is a novel unlike any other I have read... It is not really possible to describe, in a short space, the originality and depth of this long and beautifully crafted book. -- A.S. Byatt * The Guardian * Ambitious and entertaining... Questions of Travel should ensure her place as a serious international novelist of the first rank. * The Economist * Sweeping and virtuosic... An outstanding novel. -- Stephanie Cross * Daily Mail * Novel by novel, the Sri Lankan-born Australian has emerged as one of the most fiercely intelligent voices in fiction today. This new work, her most ambitious yet, makes globalisation and its discontents the focus of a multi-faceted story that unites grandeur and intimacy. -- Boyd Tonkin * The Independent * An artful meditation on movement and migration. * The Times Literary Supplement * Man Booker-longlisted de Kretser's precisely written novel is concerned with tourists, refugees and the complexities of immigration... a nuanced and ambivalent look at the crassness of tourism. * The Sunday Times * This truly is a book for our times. * Irish Times *
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 2nd January 2014
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2 x 3.9
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1