NYRB Summer Sale

Great Books for All Reading Tastes and for Readers of All Ages

We’re pleased to offer fourteen collections at 40% off the cover prices. Individual books are 25% off. If your order is $75.00 or more, we’ll send you our NYRB Classics Tote Bag (an $8.95 value!) for free. Sale ends on September 1, 2014.

Fortunes of War Collection

Embark on Olivia Manning’s vivid, sprawling epic novels, plotting individual lives against the turmoil of the Second World War.

Buy both books at 40% off $42.90 = $25.74

Fortunes of War: The Balkan Trilogy

Olivia Manning • Introduction by Rachel Cusk

A multi-stranded and engrossing novel of civilian life during World War II. “One of those combinations of soap opera and literature that are so rare you’d think it would meet the conditions of two kinds of audiences: those after what the trade calls ‘a good read,’ and those who want something more.” —Howard Moss, The New York Review of Books

Paperback • $22.95 less 25% $17.21

Fortunes of War: The Levant Trilogy

Olivia Manning • Introduction by Anthony Sattin

This sequel to Manning’s Balkan Trilogy follows British nationals Guy and Harriet Pringle as they flee east from the German army’s advance and settle in Egypt. Once again Manning introduces the reader to an unforgettable cast of characters—swindlers, actors, soldiers, and diplomats—and brings to life World War II as it was lived in a grippingly specific place and time.

Paperback • $19.95 less 25% $14.96

Manchette Collection

Leap into the dark and sumptuous world of Jean-Patrick Manchette, who brings together the poise of French noir with the cold fury of a perfect crime novel.

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Jean-Patrick Manchette • Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith • Afterword by Jean Echenoz

J.P. Manchette transformed the modern detective novel into a weapon of gleeful satire and anarchic fun. In Fatale, we watch with alternating horror and fascination as the deadly Aimée drifts into a sleepy provincial town, ready to make a killing.

Paperback • $12.95 less 25% $9.71

The Mad and the Bad

Jean-Patrick Manchette • Introduction by James Sallis • Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith

Like Manchette’s celebrated Fatale, The Mad and the Bad is a clear-eyed, cold-blooded, pitch-perfect work of creative destruction.

Paperback • $14.95 less 25% $11.21

Mavis Gallant Collection

Mavis Gallant will enchant you and make you sigh with her wistful and evocative stories, set in the faraway and nearby.

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Paris Stories

Mavis Gallant • Selected and with an introduction by Michael Ondaatje

Mysterious, funny, insightful, and heartbreaking, these are tales of expatriates and exiles, wise children and straying saints. Together they compose a secret history, at once intimate and panoramic, of modern times.

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Varieties of Exile

Mavis Gallant • Selected and with an introduction by Russell Banks

Mavis Gallant was the modern master of what Henry James called the international story, the fine-grained evocation of the qualms and quandaries of people who, whether from choice or necessity, have no place to call home.

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The Cost of Living: Early and Uncollected Stories

Mavis Gallant • Introduction by Jhumpa Lahiri

This sampling of work takes readers from Quebec to Europe to New York and New England, always with Gallant’s subtly penetrating psychological insight, unsentimental sympathy, and wicked sense of humor.

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Alberto Moravia Collection

In these compelling novels, Moravia’s vitriol and literary brilliance unveil the stultifying ennui of the modern world.

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Alberto Moravia • Translated by Michael F. Moore

“Originally published in 1945, this novel about the loss of innocence shines in a new translation…. Perceptive and razor-sharp insights into the agony of adolescence.” —Kirkus starred review

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Alberto Moravia • Introduction by William Weaver • Translated by Angus Davidson

Boredom, the story of a failed artist and pampered son of a rich family who becomes dangerously attached to a young model, ex-amines the complex relations between money, sex, and imperiled masculinity.

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Alberto Moravia • Introduction by Tim Parks • Translated by Angus Davidson

Contempt (which was to inspire Jean-Luc Godard’s film) is an un-flinching examination of desperation and self-deception in the emotional vacuum of modern consumer society. This story of a failing marriage showcases the cool clarity of expression, exacting attention to psychological complexity, and still-striking openness about sex, for which Alberto Moravia is justly famous.

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Balzac & Maupassant Collection

Honoré de Balzac and Guy de Maupassant, two of France’s greatest authors, level their keen gazes upon the world and the human soul in these vivid and occasionally devastating stories.

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The Unknown Masterpiece

Honoré de Balzac • Introduction by Arthur C. Danto • Translated by Richard Howard

The story, which has served as an inspiration to artists as various as Cézanne, Henry James, Picasso, and New Wave director Jacques Rivette, is, in critic Dore Ashton’s words, a “fable of modern art.”

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The Human Comedy: Selected Stories

Honoré de Balzac • Edited and with an introduction by Peter Brooks • Translation by Linda Asher, Carol Cosman, and Jordan Stump

These vivid stories—of crime, sexuality, and artistic creation—demolish the idea that Balzac’s best work is to be found in his long, elaborate novels. In these new translations we see Balzac drawing on the tradition of oral storytelling, and the results are fresh, startling and delightful.

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Guy de Maupassant • Translated and with an introduction by Douglas Parmée

Maupassant merges fact and fiction, dream and documentation in this seemingly simple logbook of a sailing cruise along the French Mediterranean coast. “[Afloat] has spontaneity, gaiety and freshness.” —The Daily Telegraph

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Alien Hearts

Guy de Maupassant • Translated and with a preface by Richard Howard

Maupassant’s last completed novel is the story of three lovers bound by bitterness and infatuation. Richard Howard’s new English translation of this complex and brooding psychological novel reveals the final, unexpected flowering of the great French realist’s art.

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Family Chronicles Collection

From tales of troubled youth to multi-generational stories of feuds and forgiveness, each of these novels explores the connections that bind us, for better and for worse.

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During the Reign of the Queen of Persia

Joan Chase • Introduction by Meghan O’Rourke

This subtle story follows three generations of women in the American Midwest in the 1950s negotiating lifetimes of “joy and ruin.” “Moving, unusual and accomplished.” —Margaret Atwood

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Testing the Current

William McPherson • Afterword by D. T. Max

A coming-of-age novel set in the American Midwest in the late 1930s. “An extraordinary intelligent, powerful and, I believe, permanent contribution to the literature of family, childhood and memory…. There is not one false note, one forced image. It is a novel written with great skill, and with love. It’s what most good first novels aspire to be.” —Russell Banks

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The Mountain Lion

Jean Stafford • Afterword by Kathryn Davis

The Mountain Lion remains a brilliant achievement, an exploration of adolescence to set beside Carson McCullers’s masterwork The Member of the Wedding.” —Joyce Carol Oates “For the brutality and correctness of its ending…only Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian competes with The Mountain Lion…among American literary children, Ralph and Molly have peers only in Holden Caulfield, Scout and Jem Finch, and Huckleberry Finn.” —Tin House

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Cassandra at the Wedding

Dorothy Baker • Afterword by Deborah Eisenberg

Dorothy Baker’s fascinating tragicomic novel follows an unpredictable course of events in which Cassandra appears variously as conniving, self-aware, pitiful, frenzied, absurd, and heartbroken—at once utterly impossible and surprisingly sympathetic.

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History & Warfare Collection

Covering many centuries of human history, each of these books investigates another chapter in mankind’s oldest tale: war.

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The Thirty Years War

C.V. Wedgwood • Foreword by Anthony Grafton

The only comprehensive account of the war in English, C.V. Wedgwood’s magisterial book is a triumph of literary history that brings to life the war’s campaigns, battles, and negotiations, as well as its terrible human toll.

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Defeat: Napoleon’s Russian Campaign

Philippe-Paul de Ségur • Introduction by Mark Danner • Translated by J. David Townsend

Ségur’s eyewitness account of what remains one of the greatest military disasters of all time is a masterpiece of military history and was an essential source for Tolstoy’s War and Peace. It is also a reminder of the risks of imperial hubris.

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Reveille in Washington: 1860-1865

Margaret Leech • Introduction by James McPherson

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Reveille in Washington is an impressive feat of scholarship and an engrossing work of history. “This remains the best single popular account of Washington during the great convulsion of the Civil War…” —The Washington Post

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A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962

Alistair Horne • With a new preface by the author

“This thirty-year-old history, written before the Iranian revolution, the Algerian civil war, and Al Qaeda, captures a contingent moment in the conflict between the West and the Arab world, when present-day dogmas were hardly imagined by most. It provides a much needed reminder that modern history is not made by the ‘clash of civilizations’ but by people.” —Harper’s Magazine

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Lampedusa & Pavese Collection

Both of these Italian authors offer charming and lyrical tales, compact and richly emotive, and now finally available in stunning English translations.

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The Professor and the Siren

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa • Introduction by Marina Warner • Translated by Stephen Twilley

In the last two years of his life, the Sicilian aristocrat Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote not only the celebrated novel The Leopard, but also composed three shorter pieces of fiction that show him to be a late-blooming master of the written word. “Lampedusa has made me realize how many ways there are of being alive.” —E.M. Forster

Paperback • $12.95 less 25% $9.71

The Moon and the Bonfires

Cesare Pavese • Introduction by Mark Rudman • Translated by R.W. Flint

The Moon and the Bonfires is a novel of intense lyricism and tragic import. “…one of the word’s great creative depressives. The Moon and the Bonfires [is] his masterpiece on the aftermath of the partisan war in the hills around Turin.” —Tim Parks, The Daily Telegraph

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The Selected Works of Cesare Pavese

Cesare Pavese • Translated and with an introduction by R.W. Flint

This volume includes the major works: “The Beach,” “The House on the Hill,” “Among Women Only,” and “The Devil in the Hills.”

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Satirical Novels Collection

Their senses of humor range from dark to cheeky to gleefully absurd, but these authors have one thing in common: they’ll have you laughing out loud in delight and disbelief.

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Ride a Cockhorse

Raymond Kennedy • Introduction by Katherine A. Powers

Who knows why meek, middle-aged Frances suddenly gets a libido, a new hairstyle, the desire to take over the bank that employs her —and a serious case of grandiosity. But it’s a hell of a ride. Raymond Kennedy has created in Ride a Cockhorse a rollicking cautionary tale of small-town demagoguery that prefigures America’s current financial woes.

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Lucky Jim

Kingsley Amis • Introduction by Keith Gessen

This campus comedy launched Kingsley Amis’s career and made him the reluctant voice of a generation. Neither its vitriol nor its wit has dulled with the years. “Remarkable for its relentless skewering of artifice and pretension, Lucky Jim also contains some of the finest comic set pieces in the language.” —Olivia Laing, The Observer

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English, August: An Indian Story

Upamanyu Chatterjee • Introduction by Akhil Sharma

An “affectionate yet unsparing slacker view of modern India, likened to John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces and J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

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Biography Collection

These biographies will grant you privileged, intimate access into the lives of three extraordinary men: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Marcel Proust, in vivid and fascinating prose.

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Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure

Artemis Cooper

Leigh Fermor was not only one of the masters of travel writing in English—his multi-volume memoir of his teen-aged trek across Europe is a classic of the genre—but his World War II exploits marked him as a genuine hero. In preparing this prize-winning biography, Artemis Cooper spent years in conversation with Leigh Fermor and his closest friends and enjoyed unlimited access to his papers.

Hardcover • $30.00 less 25% $22.50

Renoir, My Father

Jean Renoir • Introduction by Robert L. Herbert • Translated by Randolph and Dorothy Weaver

In this delightful memoir, Jean Renoir, the director of such mas-terpieces of the cinema as Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game, tells the life story of his father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the great Impressionist painter.

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Monsieur Proust

Céleste Albaret • Foreward by André Aciman • Translated from the French by Barbara Bray

Céleste Albaret was Marcel Proust’s housekeeper in his last years, when he retreated from the world to devote himself to In Search of Lost Time. Her reminiscences of her employer present an intimate picture of the daily life of a great writer who was also a deeply peculiar man, while Madame Albaret herself proves to be a shrewd and engaging companion.

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Bird Lovers’ Collection

Gain insight into the mind and behavior of our fine-feathered friends with these stories, both fact and fiction.

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The Peregrine

J.A. Baker • Introduction by Robert Macfarlane

“A powerful evocation of East Anglia’s winter landscape, and an unforgettable portrait of a man’s passionate engagement with the natural world.” —London Review of BooksThe Peregrine is one of the most beautifully written, carefully ob-served and evocative wildlife accounts I have ever read.” —Barry Lopez

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The Goshawk

T.H. White • Introduction by Marie Winn

In The Goshawk, one of modern literature’s most memorable and surprising encounters with the wilderness, T.H. White, author of The Once and Future King, acquires a young goshawk. The struggle to tame it becomes a test of will and passion that pushes him to the brink of madness and into one of the most intense relationships of his life.

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The Pilgrim Hawk: A Love Story

Glenway Wescott • Introduction by Michael Cunningham

A work of classical elegance and concision, The Pilgrim Hawk stands with Faulkner’s The Bear as one of the finest American short novels: a beautifully crafted story that is also a poignant evocation of the implacable power of love.

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Time Traveling Collection

For ages 8–12 • Set off on a journey through time and space, made all the more exciting by the wit of the books’ heroes and heroines.

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A Traveller in Time

Alison Uttley • Illustrated by Phyllis Bray

Unbeknownst to her, Emily’s ancient ancestral home is a portal to the past. Transported to Elizabethan times, she is swept up in attempts to free the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots. Uttley was one of England’s most beloved storytellers for children.

Hardcover • $17.95 less 25% $13.46

The House of Arden

E. Nesbit

Just before his tenth birthday, Edred Arden inherits the title of Lord of the Arden estate, along with a quest to find their family’s missing fortune—before he turns ten! With the help of the magical talking Mouldiwarp, Edred and his sister Elfrida set off on a thrilling journey through time to claim their inheritance.

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Charlotte Sometimes

Penelope Farmer

As if starting a new boarding school isn’t disorienting enough, Charlotte wakes up one morning to discover she’s been transported back in time to 1918. An eerie and suspenseful story about figuring out who you really are.

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Toddler Summer Picture Book Collection

For ages 2–5 • Dazzle your young ones with these beautifully illustrated and delightfully told tales.

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The Little Woman Wanted Noise

Val Teal • Illustrated by Robert Lawson

“Children will have a raucously good time with it. And those of any age will respond to Robert Lawson’s illustrations, which pictures many familiar details for the young to search out.” —The New York Times

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Junket is Nice

Written and illustrated by Dorothy Kunhardt

Why is the old man with a red beard and red slippers eating such an enormous bowl of the delicious pudding called “junket,” and what could he possibly be thinking about while he feasts? Only one little boy has the answer to this irresistible riddle.

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Now Open the Box

Written and illustrated by Dorothy Kunhardt

Of course everyone in the circus loves Peewee the dog—he is cute and so tiny! But what happens when little Peewee stops being so little? Dorothy Kunhardt, author of Pat the Bunny, addresses children’s fears with wonderfully reassuring direct-ness even while making magic out of the simplest things.

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Family Fun Collection

For ages 8–12 • These books are too fun not to share! Whether you read them aloud or by yourself, you won’t be able to put these quirky stories down.

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Terrible, Horrible Edie

E.C. Spykman

Ten-year-old Edie Cares is not really horrible or terrible, she just has a lot to contend with this summer, including two snooty brothers, a fancy-pants sister, and two stepsisters who are no better than babies. But when it comes to getting out of scrapes—never mind getting into them—Edie can more than hold her own.

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Pecos Bill: The Greatest Cowboy of All Time

James Cloyd Bowman • Illustrated by Laura Bannon

Tall tales of the legendary cowboy Pecos Bill—raised by coyotes and able to tame even the wildest bronco—that bring out the fun and adventure of the original folk stories. Includes the original 1930s border-art-inspired color and black-and-white illustrations.

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The Magic Pudding

Written and illustrated by Norman Lindsay • Introduction by Philip Pullman

Wild and woolly, funny and outrageously fun, The Magic Pudding stands somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and The Stinky Cheese Man as one of the craziest books ever written for young readers.

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The 13 Clocks

James Thurber • Illustrated by Marc Simont • Introduction by Neil Gaiman

Satirist Thurber takes on the fairy tale and the results are captivating. “There are spies, monsters, betrayals, hair’s-breadth escapes, spells to be broken and all the usual accoutrements, but Thurber gives the proceedings his own particular deadpan spin.” —Los Angeles Times

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