Be sure to stop by the NYRB booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival—a wide selection of NYRB Classics and Little Bookroom titles will be on sale at discounted prices. Plus, Karen Seiger will sign copies of her new book, Markets of New York City: A Guide to the Best Artisan, Farmer, Food and Flea Markets, from 1–3PM at the booth.
New York Review Books would like to wish you a Labor Day unlike Steve Hogan’s.
The protagonist of Georges Simenon’s dark psychological thriller Red Lights, Steve is one of the millions of Americans hitting the highway on the Friday before Labor Day weekend. He and his wife, Nancy, are traveling from New York City to Maine, where their children are at summer camp. But somewhere in the midst of the thick traffic and heavy drinking of the trip, Steve “goes into the tunnel”: a mental fugue characterized by pathological uncertainty, dangerous strangers, and the uncanny.
My Dog Tulip, J.R. Ackerley’s wickedly hilarious ode to his beloved (and uncouth) German Shepherd, was the first title to be published in the NYRB Classics series. Now, eleven years later, we are delighted to announce the release of a new animated feature film based on Ackerley’s memoir.
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.
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.
“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:
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
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.”
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.
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