The Things We Don't Do
Open Letter Books
Andres Neuman
“A Line in the Sand”

“A Line in the Sand” is from Andres Neuman’s collection THE THINGS WE DON’T KNOW (Open Letter Books, 2015.)  Neuman was included in Granta’s “Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists” issue and is the author of numerous novels, short stories, essays, and poetry collections. Two of his novels–TRAVELER OF THE CENTURY and TALKING TO OURSELVES–have been translated into English.  His novels have won the National Critics Prize, and have been longlisted for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award, and shortlisted for the 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.


His work has been widely praised.


“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.”–Roberto Bolano, Between Parentheses


“Traveler of the Century doesn’t merely respect the reader’s intelligence: it sets out to worship it. . . . A beautiful, accomplished novel: as ambitious as it is generous, as moving as it is smart.”

–Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The Guardian


“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.”–Boyd Tonkin, The Independent


“We come to see how lives are built out of passing detail, the f licker of small incidents, the intervention of literature, and the trace of forgotten things. Talking to Ourselves is both brilliant and wise, and Andres Neuman is destined to be one of the essential writers of our time.”–Teju Cole

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