Earlier this month the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation announced the finalists for their 25th Annual Translation Prize for excellence in translations of French works into English published in 2011. We are thrilled that Richard Howard, translator of Marc Fumaroli’s When The World Spoke French, and Marina Harss, translator of Elizabeth Gille’s The Mirador: Dreamed Memories of Irène Némirovsky by Her Daughter, have been nominated for this prestigious award.
In his glowing review in the March 4th issue of The New York Times Book Review, John Wray describes An Ermine in Czernopol as a “mid-20th-century masterpiece” and compares Rezzori’s work to the novels of Vladimir Nabokov.
Amateur Thursdays has posted a video discussing J. R. Ackerley’s My Dog Tulip. Filmed here at the office of The New York Review of Books, artist William Wegman and acclaimed authors Stefan Merrill Block, Lisa Birnbach, and Susan Orlean gather to share their thoughts on the memoir, as well as a few details of their own pets and canine-inspired work.
In 1905 Robert Walser packed his bags and left behind his native Switzerland for the bustling
metropolis of Berlin. The fledgling author, twenty-seven years of age, had just published his
first book of fiction, Fritz Kochers Aufsätze (Fritz Kocher’s Essays), and
moving to Berlin was the obvious next step for him to take in the pursuit of a proper literary
career. Just a year before he had been supporting himself as an on-again-off-again bank
clerk and copyist, but now he was looking to become a proper novelist, an endeavor that would require
all his strength.
Happy 2012. We are pleased to announce that the first NYRB Classic of the year is the first complete English translation of Gregor von Rezzori’s An Ermine in Czernopol, with an introduction by Daniel Kehlmann.
We are sad to announce the death of Russell Hoban, who passed away this Tuesday, December 13, at the age of eighty-six. Hoban gained the most acclaim for his post-apocalyptic masterpiece Ridley Walker, but was also a highly prolific children’s book author and illustrator. Last spring we are proud to have reissued one of Hoban’s most heartwarming classics, The Sorely Trying Day.