Considering how shallow a lot of modern Australian policy and culture is and how thought provoking many of his books are, this is not a surprise. From what he wrote the only country he's visited other than Australia is Iran, which he chose based upon his interactions with "illegal" refugees from that country, a cause that he is passionate about. Also, I believe that he has consciously decided to be a bit of a recluse. Check out http://gregegan.customer.netspace.net.au/images/GregEgan.htm . I laughed when I read this as at the same time I was mentally scolding my sister for putting too much information about herself on Facebook.