Last week, Coraline and Stardust author Neil Gaiman named James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks as his pick for The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Book Club.
Gaiman wrote the introduction for the New York Review Children’s Collection edition of The 13 Clocks, and in an interview with The Wall Street Journal said of the book, “There has never been anything like this before, and there will never be anything like this again…[Thurber] takes such delight in the words. It’s like it’s written by somebody who wants to infect you with his love of words. There are poems hidden in the text. There are places where it wanders into rhyme and out again. There are all of the invented words. The story itself is nonsense in the finest possible way.”
In the June 19, 2014 issue of The New York Review of Books, Daniel Mendelsohn reviewed The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos, Patrick Leigh Fermor’s account of the third and final leg of his journey across Europe by foot.
Mendelsohn writes, “When you put down The Broken Road you feel what [Leigh Fermor] himself felt on departing from Mount Athos…‘a great deal of regret.’”
Elisabeth Sifton and Frtiz Stern’s book, No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State appeared in the June 8, 2014 New York Times Book Review.
On Monday, June 9th, at 7:30 p.m., Greenlight Bookstore will host a panel discussion about BAM’s upcoming production of The Old Woman, adapted from a short story by Daniil Kharms, co-founder of the OBERIU.
Last week, NYRB Classics was delighted to accept the 2014 Read Russia Prize for Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s Autobiography of a Corpse on behalf of translator Joanne Turnbull. Awarded each spring, the Read Russia Prize celebrates the best English translations of Russian literature.