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Happy Moscow by Andrey Platonov: Andrey Platonov, relatively unknown and unpublished at the time of his death, is now fully recognized as one the great Russian authors of the 20th century. NYRB Classics continues its series of his books with this early and unfinished work about a young girl who accepts Stalin’s tenets of a new utopian world, only to discover the tragedy that underlines the forced modernization of the Soviet Empire.
Testing the Current by William McPherson: A classic bildungsroman on the New Deal era, Testing the Current is a remarkable debut novel by a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, and was highly lauded on its publication.
The Gate by Natsume Soseki: A novel of tribulation in love throughout the years, all in the understated style that made Soseki so celebrated. Soseki, widely considered the greatest Japanese novelist of the Meiji era, believed The Gate was his best work.
The Diary of a Man in Despair by Friedrich Reck: A Prussian conservative aristocrat, one might expect that Friedrich Reck would have supported Hitler in his quest to make Germany dominant. In fact, Reck aggressively rejected Nazism in his journals, buried in his garden at night for safekeeping, journals that Hannah Arendt called “one of the most important documents of the Hitler era.”
THE NEW YORK REVIEW CHILDREN’S COLLECTION
Cheerful by Palmer Brown: Cheerful is an adorable little story about a city mouse who wants to visit the country, wonderfully accompanied by Brown’s, author of Something for Christmas and Beyond the Pawpaw Trees, filigreed illustrations
Pinocchio (illustrated) by Carlo Collodi: One of the best known stories of all time, though mostly through the Disney film. This edition with illustrations by Fulvio Testa—one of Italy’s most distinguished artists—is a perfect way to introduce children to this timeless story, through a translation by award-winning poet Geoffrey Brock.
Wolf Story by William McCleery: This book is made to be read aloud by parents. Each night, Michael’s father tells stories about Waldo the Wolf’s constant attempts to catch Rainbow the Hen. Of course, the story continues and changes each night, often with firm directions from Michael himself.
THE LITTLE BOOKROOM
The Angels of Paris: Looking Up in the World’s Most Beautiful City by Rosemary Flannery: Angels have always exerted fascination among many people. So has Paris. Little surprise, then, that from the Sorbonne to the Théatre du Châtelet, the architecture of Paris is frequently decorated by sublime sculptures of Angels. Angels of Paris describes the history of these architectural messengers of God, with photographs, and allows the reader to study them at home or on a trip to the City of Lights.
Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays on Classics and Pop Culture by Daniel Mendelsohn: A collection of Daniel Mendelsohn’s criticisms and reviews, mostly from the pages of The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker. Mendelsohn’s essays provide a unique way of looking at contemporary culture, based upon a firm understanding of Classical Studies.