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Novel of the Century,
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Andrés Neuman has written a large and large-spirited, encyclopedic novel exploring the linkage between sexual desire and literary translation in a spectral town in Germany in the nineteenth century. I came to this book knowing nothing about it and was drawn in at first by its seductive plotting. But it's the characters who sustain you through the book's course; the lovers, certainly, but also a whole host of finely-drawn supporting actors, most notably the barrel-organ grinder (and his dog). The ending is at once enigmatic and wholly satisfying, and very moving too. A rare combination and a rare book.