Traveller of the Century, By Andrés Neuman

 

Sometime after Napoleon's fall, in a fairy-tale-like small town in Germany, a young wanderer plunges into the debates, intrigues and adventures that mark the late flowering of Romantic Europe.

A deeply erudite but wickedly entertaining novel, with passion as well as reason in the mix, this tour de force from the Argentinian-born prodigy matches charming plot-twists with mind-stretching dialectic.

In a captivating translation by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia, it heralds the arrival in English of a first-class literary traveller for a new century.

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