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'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.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: In memory of Leah Akie.
  • Epigraph: Under cosmopolitanism, if it comes, we shall receive no help from the earth. Trees and meadows and mountains will only be a spectacle.... E.M. Forster Howard's End.
  • Epigraph: But surely it would have been a pity not to have seen the trees along this road, really exaggerated in their beauty. Elizabeth Bishop 'Questions of Travel.'
  • Epigraph: Anywhere! Anywhere! Charles Baudelaire 'Anywhere Out of the World.'

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2012 .
      Image courtesy of Allen & Unwin.
      Extent: 517p.
      ISBN: 9781743311004

Works about this Work

Australian Writing and the Contemporary : Are We There Yet? Annee Lawrence , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Studies Review , April vol. 22 no. 1 2016; (p. 243–268)
'Australia’s geographical location (within ‘Asia’)—seen as a negative into the twenty-first century when the nation defined itself as culturally and aspirationally linked to the major Euro-American metropolitan cultural centres (the ‘West’)—must now be reevaluated. After two hundred years of white settlement and of turning its back on the region in which it is located, some Australian writers are writing texts that illuminate an aspect of Australian literature that is in transition, becoming, by definition, in, of, and with the region as well as in, of, and with present time. Art historian Terry Smith’s theory of the three currents of contemporary art, particularly the third current, suggests a new paradigm, a potential break from modernism, and a different kind of entanglement and interconnection in a world that is witnessing shifts in world power, voluntary and involuntary mass movements of people, and real time global communication technologies. Adrian Snodgrass and David Coyne’s application of hermeneutical theory to the architectural design studio via the metaphor of excursion and return illuminates some imaginative intersections, understandings and energies in three texts by Australian authors—Michelle De Kretser, Chi Vu and Jennifer Mackenzie. In Smith’s terms too, the texts perform original leaps of the imagination in their diversity, freshness, and ability to surprise and invite questions about literature’s potential to stir up prior understandings and invite new ways of being in the present. In terms of Giorgio Agamben’s definition of the contemporary, the three texts bring the reader to a plurality and intercultural connectedness that we have yet to fully recognise and live. They represent a line of flight towards a literary imaginary in Australian writing that is contemporary, locally grounded, but also regionally and globally entangled. ' (Publication abstract)
Tourists, Travellers, Refugees : An Interview with Michelle De Kretser Alexandra Watkins (interviewer), 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing , December vol. 52 no. 5 2016; (p. 572-580)
'Michelle De Kretser was born in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) and moved to Australia in 1972. From 1989 to 1992 she was a founding editor of the Australian Women’s Book Review. She is the author of several novels, including The Rose Grower (1999), The Hamilton Case (2003 – winner of the Tasmania Pacific Prize, the Encore Award [UK] and the Commonwealth Writers Prize [Southeast Asia and Pacific]) and The Lost Dog (2007). Her most recent novel, Questions of Travel, won the 2013 Miles Franklin Award, the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal and the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for fiction. In this conversation, which took place by telephone call from Melbourne to Sydney in August 2015, De Kretser discusses Questions of Travel in relation to travel and tourism, the Sri Lankan diaspora, and postcolonial and neocolonial politics.' (Introduction)
Mediating Literary Borders : Sri Lankan Writing in Australia Chandani Lokuge , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing , December vol. 52 no. 5 2016; (p. 559-571)
'Australia is “home” to over 150 ethnic minorities. However, although Australian public culture is becoming less Anglocentric and more cosmopolitan with the acceleration of migrant, refugee and asylum flows in recent years, monoculturalism continues to flourish, inciting racism leading to hostility and violence. This article is set at this controversial juncture of Australian multiculturalism.' (Introduction)
(Not) Being at Home: Hsu Ming Teo’s Behind the Moon (2005) and Michelle de Kretser’s Questions of Travel (2012) Janet Wilson , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing , December vol. 52 no. 5 2016; (p. 545-558)
'This article examines some interventions of Asian Australian writing into the debate over multiculturalism, and the shift from negative stereotyping of Asian migrants, to reification of racial divisions and propagation of a masked racism, to the creation of new alignments and the revival of pre-existing affiliations by migrant and second-generation subjects. It compares the practices of not-at-homeness by Asian migrants and their descendants and white Australians in Hsu Ming Teo’s Behind the Moon with those of a Sri Lankan refugee and a white Australian traveller in Michelle de Kretser’s Questions of Travel. The changing concepts of belonging in the novels show a realignment of core and periphery relations within the nation state under the pressures of multiculturalism and globalization: where home is and how it is configured are questions as important for white Australians whose sense of territory is challenged as they are for Asian migrants who seek to establish a new belonging.' (Publication summary)
A Sacred Journey to Naples : Michelle de Krester's Questions of Travel Roberta Trape , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , no. 16 2016; (p. 95-117)

Within the theme of Australian Travel to Italy, the article will analyse images of Naples in Michelle de Kretser’s novel Questions of Travel (2012). It will begin with a short introduction to Australian travel and an outline of de Kretser’s journeys in Italy, as well as her comments on her Italian experiences (Trapè 2015). It will then move on to the treatment of Italy in her novel. I will analyse which views of Italy the writer presents in Questions of Travel in order to define her way of approaching and responding to this country. I will do this by focusing on her descriptions of Italy and will avail myself of the theoretical discussions of description provided by Philippe Hamon.

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Untitled Andrea Hanke , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , August/September vol. 92 no. 1 2012; (p. 19)

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Intrepid Fiction Melinda Harvey , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 345 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Untitled Owen Richardson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 83 2012; (p. 87)

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Races Up Close and Personal Alison Broinowski , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 October 2012; (p. 22-23)

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Tour de Force with No Final Destination Rebecca Starford , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 27 October 2012; (p. 29) The Sydney Morning Herald , 27-28 October 2012; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Connections in Isolation Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work biography
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 6 October 2012; (p. 28-29) The Sydney Morning Herald , 6-7 October 2012; (p. 32-33) The Canberra Times , 6 October 2012; (p. 19-20)
Connection and Isolation Andrea Hanke (interviewer), 2012 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , August/September vol. 92 no. 1 2012; (p. 24)
True Grit W. H. Chong , 2012 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 346 2012; (p. 6)
Melinda Harvey Replies: Melinda Harvey , 2012 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 346 2012; (p. 6)
Fifty Shades of Great Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 December 2012; (p. 3)
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