On page 145 of andrs neumans traveller of the century a lively debate about aesthetics is raging in a literary salon the place is wandernburg which the reader wont find on a map the time . 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. Traveler of the century is an exquisite dazzling work of fiction its author andrs 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 . An attempt to touch on industrial relations seems tacked on and the debates over poetry translation surely reflect modern sensibilities this may be dissatisfying in an abstract way but the currency of its ideas means that traveller of the century is a lot easier to read than any realistic early nineteenth century novel of ideas could be. Shortlisted for the 2014 international impac dublin literary award and the 2013 independent foreign fiction prize a novel of philosophy and love politics and waltzes history and the here and now andres neumans 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
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