“The day promised to be exceptionally torrid.”
So Albert Cossery begins his novel, The Jokers
, a tale that, from its opening sentence, is packed with charged wit and barbed satire. The Jokers
, an NYRB Classics Original appearing in its first English translation, has been making headlines since its July publication.
August 16, 2010, 5 p.m. |
We are thrilled to announce that Jean Stafford’s The Mountain Lion
is now on sale. Stafford, a writer perhaps best known for her marriages to Robert Lowell, Oliver Jensen, and A.J. Liebling, was the heralded author of three novels and many short stories. The Mountain Lion
, her second novel, is a devastating, unconventional coming-of-age story.
August 10, 2010, midnight |
“The month of January. Night time. North wind blowing. The fire in the hearth was going
out.” This is where Alexandros Papadiamantis’s The Murderess begins—in
cramped, dark quarters on a dirtpoor island in the Aegean Sea. A man snores, a sleepless woman tosses
and turns, a baby coughs and cries. It is a hundred years ago, but it could be anytime, and it goes on.
Hadoula, a woman of sixty or so, an old witch her neighbors say, is trying to rock the baby, her granddaughter,
to sleep, even as she gives way to “bitter wandering thoughts.” All her life Hadoula
has shown herself to be a clever, industrious, tough woman, and yet now it strikes her:
August 3, 2010, 11:32 a.m. |
We are excited to announce that Richard Howards translation of Alien Hearts
, Guy de Maupassants
sixth and last novel, is a finalist for the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundations
July 27, 2010, 11:19 a.m. |
Today marks the anniversary of Belgium’s independence from the Netherlands and, in 1831, the coronation of the first king of Belgium. So, it is particularly fitting that Georges Simenon’s Pedigree
, the magnum opus of Belgian writing, is released this week. An epic merger of fiction and autobiography, Pedigree
has been heralded by Luc Sante as “quite possibly the greatest single work of Belgian literature.”
July 21, 2010, midnight |
We are delighted to announce that, though published just this month, Frans G. Bengtssons
The Long Ships
has already received two reviews. The San Francisco Chronicle
both herald Bengtssons novel as a thrilling, intrigue-filled read perfect for the summer.
July 13, 2010, 11:23 a.m. |
We are excited to announce that Tove Janssons The True Deceiver
received June reviews in bothThe Nation
and The Believer
A story of manipulation and deceit set in the depths of the Swedish winter, The True Deceiver
is unlike anything else Tove Jansson wrote. “I loved this book. It’s cool in both senses of the word, understated yet exciting, and with a tension that keeps you reading.” —Ruth Rendell
July 1, 2010, 4:55 p.m. |
We are pleased to announce the newest title in The New York Review Children’s Collection,
a lost classic that will appeal to both children and adults: Three Ladies Beside the Sea
by Rhoda Levine, with color drawings by the inimitable Edward Gorey. For a limited time, we are pleased
to offer Three Ladies Beside the Sea, along with a few other favorite picture books, at 30%
off the cover price.
June 25, 2010, 9:37 a.m. |
We are especially pleased to announce the publication of The Lonely Passion
of Judith Hearne
, selected by The Guardian
as one of 1,000 novels you must
read before you die. Take advantage of a limited 25% discount on this most
recent NYRB Classic, and discover the elegant craft of Brian Moore’s debut
novel that launched his distinguished literary career.
June 18, 2010, 11:17 a.m. |
Forty years after it was first published, Troubles
, by J G Farrell, was announced, on May 19, 2010, as the winner of the Lost Man Booker Prize — a one-off prize to honour the books published in 1970, but not considered for the prize when its rules were changed.
May 20, 2010, 5:59 p.m. |