New NYRB Classics

We’re pleased to announce the publication of The Road, a book of newly translated writings by Vasily Grossman, one of the twentieth century’s greatest authors, and Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking by Jessica Mitford, one of the best investigative journalists of modern times. Both titles, along with Grossman’s Life and Fate and Everything Flows, and Mitford’s Hons and Rebels, are available at a limited-time 25% discount.

Banned Books Week

September 25th marks the beginning of Banned Books Week. The observance began 28 years ago in response to the alarming number of books that are challenged each year by individuals and governments.

A Labor Day Trip with Georges Simenon

New York Review Books

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.

The Jokers

New York Review Books

“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.

Jean Stafford’s The Mountain Lion

New York Review Books

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.

A Letter from the Editor

New York Review Books

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: