Andrés Neuman returns to Books on the Park to read from his newly translated essay collection, "How to Travel Without Seeing."
Praise for Andrés Neuman:
"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 . . . . The literature of the twenty-first century will belong to Andrés Neuman and a few of his blood brothers." -- Roberto Bolano
About How to Travel Without Seeing:
A kaleidoscopic, fast-paced tour of Latin America from one of the Spanish-speaking world's most outstanding writers.
Lamenting not having more time to get to know each of the nineteen countries he visits after winning the prestigious Premio Alfaguara, Andres Neuman begins to suspect that world travel consists mostly of not seeing. But then he realizes that the fleeting nature of his trip provides him with a unique opportunity: touring and comparing every country of Latin America in a single stroke. Neuman writes on the move, generating a kinetic work that is at once puckish and poetic, aphoristic and brimming with curiosity. Even so-called non-places airports, hotels, taxis are turned into powerful symbols full of meaning. A dual Argentine-Spanish citizen, he incisively explores cultural identity and nationality, immigration and globalization, history and language, and turbulent current events. Above all, Neuman investigates the artistic lifeblood of Latin America, tackling with gusto not only literary heavyweights such as Bolano, Vargas Llosa, Lorca, and Galeano, but also an emerging generation of authors and filmmakers whose impact is now making ripples worldwide.
Eye-opening and charmingly offbeat, "How to Travel without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America" is essential reading for anyone interested in the past, present, and future of the Americas.