Title: TRAVELLER OF THE CENTURY - Rare Pristine ...
Publisher: London, England: Pushkin Press, 2012
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 585 pages. Published in 2012. The author's first book to be translated into English. Now widely considered to be a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Andres Neuman's "El viajero del siglo" in a felicitous English translation. It also has a Foreword by Roberto Bolano, who was one of Neuman's most passionate early champions. "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. A deeply intellectual novel, chock-full of discussions about philosophy, history, literature, love, and translation. Looks to the past in order to have us reconsider the conflicts of our present" (Publisher's blurb). "The literature of the twenty-first century will belong to Neuman" (Roberto Bolano). An absolute "must-have" title for Andres Neuman collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed twice (in his cursive signature and in legible block letters) and dated in black ink-pen on the half-title page by the author: "Andres Neuman 5.22.2014". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed and dated copies of the First British Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine copy. ISBN 1906548668. Bookseller Inventory # 20153
Synopsis: Shortlisted and named "a very close contender" for the 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize A novel of philosophy and love, politics and waltzes, history and the here-and-now, Andres Neuman's Traveller of the Century is a journey into the soul of Europe, penned by one of the most exciting South-American writers of our time. 'Every year hundreds of books are published but rarely comes a book that reminds us of why we loved reading in the first place, that innermost quest for words and dreams. Traveller of the Century is a literary gem' Elif Shafak A traveller stops off for the night in the mysterious city of Wandernburg. He intends to leave the following day, but the city begins to ensnare him with its strange, shifting geography. When Hans befriends an old organ grinder, and falls in love with Sophie, the daughter of a local merchant, he finds it impossible to leave. Through a series of memorable encounters with starkly different characters, Neuman takes the reader on a hypothetical journey back into post-Napoleonic Europe, subtly evoking its parallels with our modern era. At the heart of the novel lies the love story between Sophie and Hans. They are both translators, and between dictionaries and bed, bed and dictionaries,they gradually build up their own fragile common language. Through their relationship Neuman explores the idea that all love is an act of translation, and that all translation is an act of love. 'A beautiful, accomplished novel: as ambitious as it is generous, as moving as it is smart' - Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Guardian A big, utterly captivating murder mystery and love story, full of history and politics and the hottest sex in contemporary fiction - Daily Telegraph 'A thought-provoking historical romance, in which sex and philosophy mingle to delightful effect.' - Angel Gurria Quintana, Financial Times, Best Books of 2012 Novel of the century - Lawrence Norfolk Andres Neuman (b.1977) was born in Buenos Aires and later moved to Granada, Spain. Selected as one of Granta magazine's Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists, Neuman was included in the Hay Festival's Bogota 39 list. He has published numerous novels, short stories, essays and poetry collections. He received the Hiperion Prize for Poetry for El tobogan, and Traveller of the Century won the Alfaguara Prize and the National Critics Prize in 2009.
Product Description: A traveller on his way to Dessau stops off for the night in the mysterious city of Wandernburg. He intends to leave the following day, but the city begins to ensnare him with its strange, shifting geography. When he befriends an old organ grinder, and falls in love with the daughter of a local merchant, he finds it impossible to leave. Through a series of memorable encounters with starkly different characters, Neuman takes the reader on a hypothetical journey back into nineteenth-century post-Napoleonic Europe, subtly evoking its parallels with our modern era.
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