Maria Tumarkin reads from Otherland: A Journey With My Daughter, a personal exploration back to her roots in Russia and the Ukraine. From trains to alcoholism, it’s a trip into the post-Soviet world that earned her a shortlisting for the Nettie Palmer Award for Non-fiction.
The video concludes with Tumarkin answering questions about how she came to write the book and how travel with her daughter so profoundly marked the experience.
‘I am counting on you not to grow up into one of those sensible, strategic people who always calculate odds and risks before acting. Trust me, there are enough of them in the world already.’
According to Helen Garner, ‘Nobody can write like Maria Tumarkin’. A writer and cultural historian, Tumarkin is the author of four books of ideas: Traumascapes, Courage, Otherland and the boundary- breaking, award-winning Axiomatic. She teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.