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Traveler of the Century opens with a minor geographical note about its setting: the “moving city” of Wandernburg, a municipality on the border of Saxony and Prussia, precise coordinates unknown. One winter night, a young translator named Hans seeks a room in Wandernburg despite the ominous warnings of his carriage driver. For Hans, who “never felt nostalgia for anything,” travel is a way of life, and he intends to stay for one night — no more — but he can’t seem to find his bearings in this odd hamlet.



…the city’s layout somehow shifted while everyone was asleep…the tavern he had lunched at the day before was on the opposite corner from where he remembered it, the clangs from the smithy, which should have been on the right as he turned the corner, surprised him by coming from the left, the sloping street that went down now went steeply up, a passageway he remembered walking through which should have opened onto an avenue was a dead end…



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Traveler of the Century opens with a minor geographical note about its setting: the “moving city” of Wandernburg, a municipality on the border of Saxony and Prussia, precise coordinates unknown. One winter night, a young translator named Hans seeks a room in Wandernburg despite the ominous warnings of his carriage driver. For Hans, who “never felt nostalgia for anything,” travel is a way of life, and he intends to stay for one night — no more — but he can’t seem to find his bearings in this odd hamlet.

…the city’s layout somehow shifted while everyone was asleep…the tavern he had lunched at the day before was on the opposite corner from where he remembered it, the clangs from the smithy, which should have been on the right as he turned the corner, surprised him by coming from the left, the sloping street that went down now went steeply up, a passageway he remembered walking through which should have opened onto an avenue was a dead end…

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