El viajero del siglo Review ¼ 2


10 thoughts on “El viajero del siglo

  1. says:

    Andrés Neuman Traveler of the CenturyWandernburg is a town that has no coordinates on the map nor could it have any since it's always on a constant move At a certain point a character says that in order to find your way in Wandernburg it's best to take the longest route Wandernburg could symbolize history itse

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    traveler of the century is an exuisite dazzling work of fiction its author andrés neuman is a young argentinian writer born in 1977 whose relative youth is belied by a remarkably prodigious literary output neuman has written nearly twenty distinct works including four novels nine books of poetry a tenth compiles

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    That was a significant disappointment I’ve head this novel for a number of years and now after reading a lot of excellent books from Latin America i decided it was the time to pick it up First of all I’ve discovered that Neumann h

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    This story opens with Hans arriving on a cold wind swept night in the fictional German town of Wandernburgo The date is never mentioned but we a

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    Imagine a bucolic village one of relative isolation and which strangely defies the laws of location and time Insert an urbane protagonist Should we allow a masked nemesis No I am not referring to Hot Fuzz fine film it is but rather th

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    Principally this is a novel of ideas Primary among them is literature how it varies by country and nationality and the challenges of translation especially of poetry Another key theme is religious belief and especially dissent The final key theme is Europe – balanced at it is at this juncture between the failures of the French revolution which lead both to tyranny and a conservative counter revolutionrestoration; with themes of

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    Finished after midnight and woke up thinking what a great opera this would make Aura of Faust wavering time and place hurdy gurdy harmonics complex love triangle grotto sex what do you need And wonderful parts for men and women of all ages There are creative possibilities for the translation scenes they would be fabulous in multi

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    I have been trying to get round to reviewing the books I have read in the past year but find it all too easy to do for books I did not enjoy Possibly this is because with those books I am fairly comfortable believing that what has faded of the book is probably of even less importance than what I remember whereas with books that I very much enjoyed what is gone seems like the greater part It would seem I would have all

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    Great philosophical dialogue A book that will make you think

  10. says:

    This new novel by Andres Neuman Traveler of the Century is the type of book I enjoy a novel of ideas But in this case it is also a love story of sorts and the author comments on history and politics in addition to his decided intere

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El viajero del siglo

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 suare and immediately finds himself enmeshed in an intense debate on identity and what it is that defines us from which he cannot break freeStuck indefinitely in Wandernburg until his debate with the organ grin traveler of the century is an exuisite dazzling work of fiction its author andr s neuman is a young argentinian writer born in 1977 whose relative youth is belied by a remarkably prodigious literary output neuman has written nearly twenty distinct works including four novels nine books of poetry a tenth compiles them four short story collections a book of essays and a book of aphorisms in addition to his translations of german poet wilhelm m ller his writing has been celebrated throughout the spanish speaking world having attracted a number of prestigious awards and his international renown is clearly on the ascendancy as his works find their way into ever translationswith the publication of granta s winter 2010 issue the best young spanish language novelists many english speaking readers had their first introduction to andr s neuman via his short story after helena the late roberto bola o offered his own high praise for neuman well before traveler of the century had even been written including a short piece about him neuman touched by grace in his nonfiction collection between parentheses published in english translation in 2011 bola o ever the discerning critic wrote about neuman after reading his first novel bariloche good readers will find something that can be found only in great literature the kind written by real poets a literature that dares to venture into the dark with open eyes and that keeps its eyes open no matter what in principle this is the most difficult test also the most difficult exercise and stretch and on no few occasions neuman pulls it off with frightening ease when i come across these young writers it makes me want to cry i don t know whether a drunk driver will run them down some night or whether all of a sudden they ll stop writing if nothing like this happens the literature of the twenty first century will belong to neuman and a few of his blood brothers with traveler of the century neuman s first book to be translated into english it is evident that the myriad hype surrounding this young writer is indeed well deservedwritten in granada between the spring of 2003 and the fall of 2008 traveler of the century el viajero del siglo was published in spanish in 2009 and was summarily awarded two of spain s most distinguished literary honors the alfaguara prize and the national critics prize the awards themselves place neuman in the company of a veritable who s who of latin american letters counting as their recipients cela vargas llosa donoso onetti marias and vila matas amongst others his fourth novel traveler of the century has already been translated into ten languagesthe novel is set in the small fictional german town of wandernburg sometime in the early nineteenth century presumably in the mid or late 1820s a town where the streets are constantly rearranging themselves it is impossible to pinpoint the exact location of wandernburg on any map because it has changed places all the time wandernburg from the german verb wandern to hike ramble roam or wander is nestled between dessau and berlin in the northeastern part of the country despite the metaphysical ualities inherent in the town s geographical layout it would be a grave error to classify traveler of the century as containing any elements from the latin american subgenre of magical realisminstead neuman s lengthy novel could be best described as a postmodern work cast in nineteenth century attire owing to the refinement of classical fiction than to the cleverness and affectation of modern works neuman himself describes it thus a futuristic novel that happens in the past as a science fiction rewound traveler of the century is not set some two hundred years ago merely to capture that era s milieu but is done so in a way so as to compare and contrast twenty first century ideals beliefs and moralities against their historical counterparts hans traveler of the century s itinerant protagonist is an enigmatic adventurer and translator intent on a brief stopover in wandernburg on his way to dessau but soon finds himself increasingly unable to make his way onward as hans stay prolongs itself he encounters and befriends a number of local residents including a sagacious aging and nameless organ grinder who lives in a nearby cave with his affectionate dog franz hans per an invitation begins to attend weekly conversations at the home of herr gottlieb one of wandernburg s esteemed households at these salon talks populated by a small group of about six or seven topics as varied as european history politics literature poetry religion art and architecture are routinely discussed and debated into the late hours of the evening while there hans is introduced to herr gottlieb s daughter sophie a betrothed and independent young woman with whom hans later falls in love and embarks upon an ambitious translation projectneuman s novel is colored by a number of rich subplots that are woven effortlessly into an already well textured narrative a series of nefarious and sinister crimes work their way into the tale for example and are portrayed in stunning complement to other rising action minor characters such as hans new best friend and weekly salon attendee lvaro figure prominently into the story and are as well conceived and believable as both hans and sophie nearly every aspect of traveler of the century seems carefully crafted and assiduously arranged neuman s prose is both beautiful and engaging lending the novel yet another characteristic that makes up its captivating essence traveler of the century at heart is both a novel of ideas and a love story neuman explores many exigent issues throughout the book relevant to both post napoleonic europe and the modern world including continental politics national sovereignty war peace economic development immigration poverty nation building empire women s rights labor and revolution as well as literary subjects such as poetic norms style philosophy fiction and the role of the translator that neuman was able to so expertly include these elements into the novel without straying into the didactic rendering them essential components to the story demonstrates the mastery with which he composed this fantastic bookneuman s work in all its many aspects represents a summation of the narrative form traveler of the century is a complete novel that allows us an opportunity to reassess the present and the future by looking behind us it is truly a timeless tale one that demonstrates a past once contemplated through the often clarifying lens of fiction not all that dissimilar from the contemporary andr s neuman seems to possess a formidable talent and traveler of the century may well presage a lengthy and accomplished literary career the likes of which only come along a few times in a generation traveler of the century while penned by a young spanish author born in argentina is nonetheless a european novel of considerable conseuence as of his works undoubtedly make their way into translation andr s neuman is surely a name that will come to be uttered in the same breath of his masterful forebears when i was young because i was young once like you i heard many organ grinders play and i can assure you no two tunes ever sounded the same even on the same instrument that s how it is isn t it the less love you put into things the they resemble one another the same goes for stories everyone knows them by heart but when someone tells them with love i don t know they seem new traveler of the century was translated from the spanish by nick caistor onetti saramago aira mendoza mars et al and lorenza garcia fran ois lelord andrea h japp

Review El viajero del siglo

Der is concluded he begins to meet the various El viajero MOBI #180 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 s about female sexuality and what can and cannot be said about it Traveller of the Century is a deeply intellectual novel chock full of discussi Principally this is a novel of ideas Primary among them is literature how it varies by country and nationality and the challenges of translation especially of poetry Another key theme is religious belief and especially dissent The final key theme is Europe balanced at it is at this juncture between the failures of the French revolution which lead both to tyranny and a conservative counter revolutionrestoration with themes of European unity and if it means literaryartistic union customs union or political union with clear current day echoes progressive ideals versus conservatism A deep and sometimes difficult book with a mix of Andre Makine like description Jos Saramago style dialogue although with brackets as a device to identify speakers and Milan Kundera style literary reflections Complex multi layered and a novel which would repay re reading

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Ons 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 Traveller of the Century marks the English language debut of Andrés Neuman a writer described by Roberto Bolaño as being “touched by grace” I have been trying to get round to reviewing the books I have read in the past year but find it all too easy to do for books I did not enjoy Possibly this is because with those books I am fairly comfortable believing that what has faded of the book is probably of even less importance than what I remember whereas with books that I very much enjoyed what is gone seems like the greater part It would seem I would have all I could wish for a man called Hans who planning only to stay a short while ends up staying for 584 pages view spoilerthis recalling Hans Castorp our young hero in The Magic Mountain and the only person to whom the name Hans is inextricably linked other than Little Hans from Freud s case studies and I forever fear conflating these two and being disappointed at the lack of horses in TMM and simultaneously being under the impression that Freud mainly advised that people sleep on their balconies with blankets hide spoiler

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  • El viajero del siglo
  • Andrés Neuman
  • English
  • 15 September 2017
  • 9781906548667

About the Author: Andrés Neuman

Hijo de músicos argentinos exiliados de madre violinista de origen ítalo español y padre oboísta de origen judío alemán tiene la ciudadanía argentina y española La historia novelada de su familia infancia argentina y ancestros europeos puede leerse en su libro Una vez Argentina A los catorce años se trasladó a Granada donde realizó sus estudios secundarios obtuvo la licenciatura en Filo.