Searching for an inn, the enigmatic traveler Hans stops in a small city on the border between Saxony and Prussia. The next morning, Hans meets an old organ-grinder in the market square and immediately finds himself enmeshed in an intense debate--on identity and what it is that defines us--from which he cannot break free. Indefinitely stuck in Wandernburg until his debate with the organ-grinder is concluded, he begins to meet the various characters who populate the town, including a young freethinker named Sophie. Though she is engaged to be married, Sophie and Hans begin a relationship that defies contemporary mores about female sexuality and what can and cannot be said about it. Traveler of the Century is a deeply intellectual novel, chock-full of discussions about philosophy, history, literature, love, and translation. It is a book that looks to the past in order to have us reconsider the conflicts of our present. The winner of Spain's prestigious Alfaguara Prize and the National Critics Prize, Traveler of the Century marks the English-language debut of Andrés Neuman, a writer described by Roberto Bolaño as being "touched by grace."
Neuman, Andrés, 1977-
Traveler of the century
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.
1st American ed.
564 p. ;,22 cm..
Translated from the Spanish.
Originally published in 2009 as El viajero del siglo.
"English translation originally published in 2012 by Pushkin Press, Great Britain, as Traveller of the Century"--T.p. verso.
Statement of Responsibility:
Andrés Neuman ; translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia
Intellectuals Germany Fiction.
Germany Civilization 19th century Fiction.
Europe History 1815-1848 Fiction.