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Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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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)
Juxtaposing Australian and Canadian Writing Fiona Polack , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 15 no. 3 2015;

'The geographical entities of Australia and Canada house multifarious localities, regions and nations. Juxtaposing literary work emerging from them can open up invaluable new angles of critical inquiry at a moment when literary scholars in both countries seek insight into the relationship between national literatures and transnational forces.

'Upholding the value of comparing Australian and Canadian literatures is an urgent task at present given that interest in this juxtaposition seems to be diminishing.' (Publication abstract)

Michelle de Kretser Scoops NSW Premier's Literary Awards Susan Wyndham , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 May 2014; The Age , no. 19 May 2014; The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 May 2014;
y Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser Melanie Joosten , Melbourne : CAE Book Group , 2014 7593406 2014 single work criticism
What Are You Doing Here? Jody Marie Hassel , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 235-237)

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Questions Wins Franklin 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 20 June 2013; (p. 27)
Stella Award Women Writers Line up for Prize 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 21 March 2013; (p. 34)
'Book of Marvels' Takes Out All Female Miles Franklin Prize Sally Pryor , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 June 2013; (p. 16-17) The Age , 20 June 2013; (p. 13)
Quite a Wake Up Call for Miles Franklin Winner Stephen Fitzpatrick , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 20 June 2013; (p. 5)
No Question Travel Novel Earned Gong Susan Wyndham , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 June 2013; (p. 13)
Three Favourites for Miles Franklin Included in PMs Literary Awards Shortlist 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18 June 2013; (p. 7)
Literary Award Takes a Critical Leap Forward Geordie Williamson , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 June 2013; (p. 12)
Female Shortlist a Fitting Tribute to an Early Feminist Elizabeth Webby , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 June 2013; (p. 35)
Prize Goes to Tale of Two Narratives Sally Pryor , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 June 2013; (p. 5)
List Confirms Writing Vigour William Yeoman , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 2 July 2013; (p. 6-7)
Honours Even, If Only For the Moment Stephen Romei , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 16 August 2013; (p. 3)
De Kretster Lands Double in Premier's Awards William Yeoman , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 17 September 2013; (p. 6-7)
Travelling First Class James Waite Morgan , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Crikey , July 2013;

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
'In the last three weeks Michelle de Kretser’s novel ‘Questions of Travel’ has picked up two of Australia’s most prestigious literary prizes — the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Australian Literature Society’s Gold Medal. Jim Morgan takes the journey, twice.'
Michelle De Kretser : Questions of Travel James Tierney , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , January 2013;

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Tripped up, Tripped Out Evelyn Juers , 2013- single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , January 2014;

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
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 Sydney Morning Herald , 27-28 October 2012; (p. 32-33) The Saturday Age , 27 October 2012; (p. 29)

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Books of the Week Fiona Stager , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 28 October 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Even Born Nomads Eventually Weary of the Road Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 November 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Well Read Patrick Allington , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 20 October 2012; (p. 34)

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Michelle De Kretser : Questions of Travel James Tierney , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , January 2013;

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Tripped up, Tripped Out Evelyn Juers , 2013- single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , January 2014;

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
WA Premier's People's Choice Award Finalist William Yeoman , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 9 July 2013; (p. 7)

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
[Untitled] Max Liu , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 12 July no. 5754 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Review : Michelle De Kretser, Questions of Travel Nicolette Stasko , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 73 no. 1 2013;

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Literature Geordie Williamson , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 94 2013; (p. 56)

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[Untitled] David Callahan , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 6 no. 1 2013;

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
When Two Paths Meet Randy Boyagoda , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 23 June 2013; (p. BR15)

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Hot Reads Stephen Romei , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 December 2013; (p. 18-19)

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Travelling First Class James Waite Morgan , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Crikey , July 2013;

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
'In the last three weeks Michelle de Kretser’s novel ‘Questions of Travel’ has picked up two of Australia’s most prestigious literary prizes — the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Australian Literature Society’s Gold Medal. Jim Morgan takes the journey, twice.'
What Are You Doing Here? Jody Marie Hassel , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 235-237)

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
Connections in Isolation Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work biography
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 October 2012; (p. 19-20) The Saturday Age , 6 October 2012; (p. 28-29) The Sydney Morning Herald , 6-7 October 2012; (p. 32-33)
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)
So many books, so little time - literary editor Susan Wyndham rounds up the years best.
Stella Award Women Writers Line up for Prize 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 21 March 2013; (p. 34)
Three Favourites for Miles Franklin Included in PMs Literary Awards Shortlist 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18 June 2013; (p. 7)
Literary Award Takes a Critical Leap Forward Geordie Williamson , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 June 2013; (p. 12)
Female Shortlist a Fitting Tribute to an Early Feminist Elizabeth Webby , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 June 2013; (p. 35)
'Book of Marvels' Takes Out All Female Miles Franklin Prize Sally Pryor , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 June 2013; (p. 16-17) The Age , 20 June 2013; (p. 13)
Quite a Wake Up Call for Miles Franklin Winner Stephen Fitzpatrick , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 20 June 2013; (p. 5)
No Question Travel Novel Earned Gong Susan Wyndham , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 June 2013; (p. 13)
Prize Goes to Tale of Two Narratives Sally Pryor , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 June 2013; (p. 5)
List Confirms Writing Vigour William Yeoman , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 2 July 2013; (p. 6-7)
Questions Wins Franklin 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 20 June 2013; (p. 27)
Honours Even, If Only For the Moment Stephen Romei , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 16 August 2013; (p. 3)
De Kretster Lands Double in Premier's Awards William Yeoman , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 17 September 2013; (p. 6-7)
Travelling First Class James Waite Morgan , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Crikey , July 2013;

— Review of Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser 2012 single work novel
'In the last three weeks Michelle de Kretser’s novel ‘Questions of Travel’ has picked up two of Australia’s most prestigious literary prizes — the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Australian Literature Society’s Gold Medal. Jim Morgan takes the journey, twice.'
Michelle de Kretser Scoops NSW Premier's Literary Awards Susan Wyndham , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 May 2014; The Age , no. 19 May 2014; The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 May 2014;
y Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser Melanie Joosten , Melbourne : CAE Book Group , 2014 7593406 2014 single work criticism
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