Fall 2012 Books Preview: Part II
Yesterday we posted the first half of our Fall 2012 list, and today we are previewing the second half. This does include all of the imprints under the New York Review Books umbrella, which includes NYRB Classics (all the titles yesterday were Classics), The New York Review’s Children’s Collection, The Little Bookroom, and NYRB Collections. Happy Moscow by Andrey Platonov: Andrey...
Fall 2012 Books preview: Part I
As we prepare to officially launch our Fall 2012 list we wanted to share our upcoming books. This is the first part of the season, and we’ll post the remainder later: Growing Up Absurd by Paul Goodman: Paul Goodman was a sociologist, philosopher, poet, writer, educator, anarchist, and gay rights activist. He was one of the most influential thinkers in the second half of the 20th century,...
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The Company They Kept, Volume Two
She disliked being photographed and usually hated the result. The whitening hair grew thick above a face each year somehow rounder and softer, like a bemused, blue-lidded planet, a touch too large, in any case, for a body that seemed never quite to have reached maturity. In early life the proportions would have been just right. A 1941 snapshot (printed in last winter’s Vassar Bulletin)...
We are proud to release today Walkabout by James Vance Marshall (it’s actually a complicated authorship, the introduction below has more details), which was famously adapted into a film by Nicolas Roeg, starring David Gulpilil in his first role. The novel is different from the film, but still captures the conflict between two very different cultures, and the surprising beauty of the...
Elizabeth von Arnim in Downton Abbey
We know we are jumping on the bandwagon, but we couldn’t resist. The New York Times ran a piece about the publishing world’s eager reaction to Downton Abbey, and we just had to chime in with our own related author. In the first episode of the new season the odious Molesley presents a book to the virtuous servant Anna in hopes that it will win her over. The book is Elizabeth von...
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Another convert to the church of Mme Gallant.
An Ermine in Czernopol
This past week we released An Ermine in Czernopol by Gregor von Rezzori in an original translation by Philip Boehm. Reminiscent of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, the story is about the childhood of a brother and sister growing up in a declining aristocratic family in Czernopol, a town with a breathtaking melange of ethnicities (Jewish, Germany, Romanian, Russian, etc.), no longer part of...
People as a rule do mean much more than they understand.– The Pilgrim Hawk, Glenway Wescott (via winterlief)
The following is a paragraph from Albert Cossery’s Proud Beggars. In this scene, Gohar, an ex-professor who gave up him successful life and career to enjoy the ‘peace’ of poverty, is being interrogated by Nour El Dine, the police officer who is investigating the murder of a prostitute and whose double-life as figure of authority and gay lover makes him miserable. The following...
A Very Angel New Year
“After Christmas, the days were of an enervating neutrality. The watery light stayed later each day, hung colourless above the railway-bridge and behind the gray and yellow brick terraces. The deep darkness of winter was over, the muffled cosiness of the foggy afternoons, and now there would be two months or more of biting winds raking the bare branches and this pale light stretching out a...
"It was as if the world’s breath had stopped, and...
Chernivtsi University in early January. Photo by Snow Rabbit. “We loved winter in the city, especially in the gardens that skirted our street. And particularly the heart of winter, January, which brought Christmas, according to the reckoning of the Orthodox Church. We loved its dryness and severity, its veiled light in the frost, when the snow that had blanketed the entire landscape and...
“Would our conceptions withstand the light, would... →