Map of the Invisible World, By Tash Aw

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"Home was not necessarily where you were born", ponders Adam, an orphan separated from his brother, Johan, and adopted by a Dutch painter living in an Indonesia coastal town, "or even where you grew up, but something else entirely... that could exist anywhere in the world."

So begins a tale of separation - (Johan is adopted by a wealthy Malaysian family and wracked by guilt at leaving his brother) and the desire for a home. Set amid a politically volatile landscape (1960s Indonesia and Malaysia) it is a story of post-colonial culture and the reconfiguration of identities.

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