When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash Susan Faludi learned her estranged 76-year-old father had undergone gender confirmation surgery, she began examining the meaning of identity. Susan also analysed her enigmatic father and her own family’s haunted past. She talks to Sofija Stefanovic about In the Darkroom, in which she crossed borders – historical, political, religious and sexual – to confront the question of the age: is identity something we choose or is it something we can’t escape?

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Sofija Stefanovic (Australian)

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Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer and storyteller based in New York. She is the author of Miss Ex-Yugoslavia, a funny and dark memoir about immigration and life as a perpetual fish out of water. Sofija hosts the popular literary salon Women of Letters New York, and This Alien Nation—a celebration of immigration. She’s a regular storyteller with The Moth, and has written for The New York Times, The Guardian and Elle, among others.