April Classics

We are pleased to announce these April releases from NYRB Classics: Milton Rokeach’s classic and unforgettable psychological narrative, The Three Christs of Ypsilanti; Penelope Mortimer’s The Pumpkin Eater, a haunting novel about a woman with a philandering screenwriter husband and a brood of children; and now in English for the first time, Fatale, a thriller by a master of French crime novels, Jean-Patrick Manchette.

A Letter from the Editor

I’m nothing
Says Kabir
I’m not among the living
Or the dead

It is true, in a way—true at least that next to nothing is known about Kabir, a mysterious figure from medieval North India who is one of the world’s great religious poets. During his life, which is said to have extended for well over a hundred years, Kabir was celebrated as a poet and as a sant, or holy man, and many legends, some as unlikely as his reputed lifespan, have grown up around his name. It is generally accepted, however, that he came from a low-caste Hindu family that had recently converted to Islam and that he was a weaver—someone, in other words, very much on the outside of good society. Kabir’s songs have come down to us both through a number of written sources—none, however, that can be traced to Kabir’s hand—as well as through a lively, extensive, and very varied tradition of oral performance, and they continue to be sung in the fields and on the streets of India. Some of the songs are otherworldly, others are biting send-ups of the world and its ways, while Kabir’s God is a shapeshifter whose only true and always unseizable form is the form prepared within the heart of the true devotee. In Arvind Krishna Mehrotra’s wonderful new translation, Kabir’s work takes on a startling and unforgettable new shape in the English of our time.

March Classics

We’re pleased to announce these March releases from NYRB Classics: Vladimir Sorokin’s thrilling apocalyptic epic, Ice Trilogy, now translated in its entirety for the first time; Tove Jansson’s beautiful novel, Fair Play, in an award-winning translation; and J. R. Ackerley’s We Think the World of You, released in an edition that restores the previously expurgated text. For a limited time, these March titles, as well as all NYRB Classics by Tove Jansson, Vladimir Sorokin, and J. R. Ackerley, are available at 25% off.

February Classics

This month NYRB Classics adds to its collection three remarkable nineteenth-century European novels. Theodor Fontane’s Irretrievable tells the tragic yet beautiful story of a married couple who begin to slowly and irreversibly drift apart. Bolesław Prus’s The Doll is an epic masterpiece about the life, politics, and tumultuous social climate of late-nineteenth-century Warsaw. Marcellus Emants’s gripping tale of murder and self-hatred, A Posthumous Confession, is superbly translated by Nobel prize winner J. M. Coetzee. For a limited time, each of these February titles is available at 25% off.