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Indonesian travel novel a tribute to open borders

'The Wandering' attacks male privilege, but extols a bygone era of nomadic freedom

Indonesian feminist writer Intan Paramaditha. "There are lots of women authors back in Indonesia," she says, "but the gatekeepers for recognition and awards are all men." (Courtesy of Intan Paramaditha) 

BANGKOK -- 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.

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