Festival Program

MWF Digital

Rumaan Alam: Leave the World Behind

Fri 3 Sep, 8am

Available on demand from 8am, 3 Sep to midnight, 15 Sep

One of the year’s most talked-about books, Rumaan Alam‘s Leave the World Behind is a tautly dystopic story of a family vacation interrupted by unexpected visitors and unseen disaster. Hailed a darkly witty page-turner set against the end of the world, its fans include Carmen Maria Machado, who wrote, ‘I have not been this profoundly unnerved since Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.’ Alam speaks with Osman Faruqi about a novel seemingly tailor-made for our times, exploring race, class and privilege in a world undone by catastrophe.


1 hour


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Rumaan Alam is the author of the novels Rich and Pretty, That Kind of Mother and Leave the World Behind. His short fiction has appeared in StoryQuarterly, Crazyhorse, Meridian, and elsewhere. He’s written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the New Republic, where he is a contributing editor. He lives in New York with his husband and two kids.

Osman Faruqi is the Culture News Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Previously he was the host of Schwartz Media’s daily news podcast, 7am. He has worked as an editor at the ABC and was an award-winning reporter with the flagship audio documentary program Background Briefing. He has judged the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and is writing a book on race in Australia.

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