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About the Author
Andrés Neuman was born in 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and grew up in Spain. Neuman was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists and was elected to the Bogotá-39 list. Traveler of the Century (FSG, 2012) was the winner of the Alfaguara Prize and the National Critics Prize, Spain's two most prestigious literary awards, as well as a special commendation from the jury of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Neuman has taught Latin American literature at the University of Granada.Nick Caistor is a British translator from Spanish, French and Portuguese. He lived in Argentina for a number of years, and was the BBC Latin America analyst. He has translated more than 70 works of fiction, including authors such as Isabel Allende, Roberto Arlt, Mario Benedetti, Julio Cortazar, Maria Duenyas, Fogwill, Juan Marse, Eduardo Mendoza, Juan Carlos Onetti and Jose Saramago.
Lorenza Garcia was born and brought up in England. She spent her early twenties living and working in Iceland and Spain. In 1998 she graduated from Goldsmith's College with a First Class Honours degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She moved to France in 2001 where she lived for seven years. Since 2006 she has translated and co-translated over thirty novels and works of non-fiction from the French, the Spanish and the Icelandic.
"Neuman is a literary alchemist . . . [Fracture is] a moving meditation on the reverberating waves that shape us and the inescapable impermanence of life." --Kirkus ReviewsStirring . . . Neuman slowly builds meaning in the book's recursive structure and language . . . This weighty meditation on human interconnection is well worth a look. --Publishers Weekly [Neuman is] awildly talented and curious writer whose books roam energetically around the world and across genres . . . Fracture is very much about how catastrophe and trauma ripple across the world--the book hopscotches from Tokyo to Madrid, Paris, Buenos Aires, and New York--and, in that sense, offers an eerie reflection of the global reach of our present pandemic. --Vanity Fair (31 Great Quarantine Reads)
Fracture spans more than six decades, five time zones, and four love affairs. It's one of the most ambitious books I've read recently; [Neuman] tackles issues of gender, love, environmentalism, translation, and international relations in just under 350 pages. --Alina Cohen, Observer This feels like a massive step forward for Neuman in terms of scope and self-assurance, which is saying a lot after Traveler of the Century, Talking to Ourselves, and The Things We Don't Do . . . The way Neuman writes about failed relationships, about beauty at different ages, about sex and longing and mystery . . . is so heartfelt and human. This is the first book I've read in Covid World that really connected with me. The first one that I read and didn't just intake words. --Chad Post, Three Percent Blog Impressive in scope and touching in its telling, Fracture is Neuman's most mature outing to date . . . Tenderly told, Fracture is a masterful tale-- one perhaps all the more important in our own current shared moment of uncertainty, change, and loss. --Jeremy Garber, Goodreads "It is impossible to classify Andrés Neuman: each of his books is a new language adventure, guided by the intelligence and the pleasure of words. He never ceases to surprise us and is, doubtlessly, one of the most daring writers in Latin American literature, willing to change, challenge and explore, always with a unique elegance." --Mariana Enriquez, author of Things We Lost in the Fire Fracture is adventurous, big-hearted and seductive, and it has an appetite for life that is, to me, the trademark of great fiction. Neuman is as generous here as ever. --Juan Gabriel Vásquez, author of The Sound of Things Falling "One of the things I love about Andrés Neuman's work is how he restores writing as the most powerful source of knowledge. Fracture, this dazzling and devastating novel, is a terrific demonstration of that." --Alejandro Zambra, author of Ways of Going Home Traversing languages and cultures, decades and generations, Fracture unites its many fragments to form a powerful and redemptive vision of a single, and unbroken, human life. A searching, humane, and vital novel. --Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries Andrés Neuman is a born storyteller. Fracture is a deeply generous, wise and resonant novel that glides effortlessly between the intimate and the global, the tragic and the comic, all underpinned by Neuman's electric, ludic intelligence. If you are about to turn the first page, you are very lucky - a reader on the threshold of a book that in the most wonderful of ways will enrich and enlarge your life. --Owen Sheers, poet and playwright Neuman's striking novel weaves a tapestry of life and society since Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed, as told through the story of the wanderer and electronics executive Mr. Watanabe, the legacy of his childhood trauma, and the women around the globe who loved him. Rich in detail, political as well as personal, from the foibles of language to economic decline, the world the characters inhabit is constantly shifting underfoot, and the act of remembering emerges as a shore on which to stand and face the sands of time. A finely wrought, beautifully translated novel. --Saskia Vogel, author of Permission