New Vessel Press

New Vessel Press New Vessel Press is an independent publishing house specializing in the translation of foreign literature into English. Come visit us at newvesselpress.com
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New Vessel Press, founded in New York City in 2012, is an independent publishing house devoted to translated literature and narrative nonfiction. Today, only about three percent of the books available in the American marketplace are translations. In a globalized world, shouldn’t our choice of books be global as well? By bringing readers foreign literature and literary non-fiction as ebooks, we offer wonderful works for a very affordable price, and in a well-designed, aesthetically pleasing format. But of course, what matters most is not where the authors hail from, or what language they write in. The most important thing is the quality of the work itself. And hence our name. We publish great books, just in a new vessel. Reading and speaking foreign languages enriches our lives, offering essential passageways to understand and embrace the world. But corporate mergers are shrinking publishing outlets and English increasingly predominates as the lingua franca. We believe that literary translation is both craft and art, enabling us to traverse borders and open minds. We are committed to books that offer erudition and pleasure, provoke and scintillate, transform and transport. We hope you will join us for our journey. In a fraction of a second, as long as it takes you to download an ebook onto your Kindle, iPad or Nook, you can be on your way toward uncovering personal and artistic mysteries in Argentina (The Missing Years of Juan Salvatierra), listening in on conversations in an literary salon in Vienna during the Age of Enlightenment (Fanny von Arnstein), experiencing a sensual mix of romantic and culinary delights in Israel (Some Day), laughing at the tragicomic misadventures of an Eastern European small town (The Good Life Elsewhere) … You can go wherever these great stories will take you.

Mission: At New Vessel Press, our mission is to publish great books. Yours is to read them. www.newvesselpress.com

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THE DRIVE is named one of the Best Books of 2020 You Might Have Missed by Literary Hub. "A superb debut from one of Isra...
12/30/2020

THE DRIVE is named one of the Best Books of 2020 You Might Have Missed by Literary Hub. "A superb debut from one of Israel’s younger prize-winning authors," Yair Assulin and translated by Jessica Cohen. "Really the cream of a much bigger crop" !
https://lithub.com/the-best-books-of-2020-you-might-have-missed/

Pierre Cardin, the fashion giant who died today at age 98, earned criticism for licensing his name to hundreds of mass-m...
12/29/2020

Pierre Cardin, the fashion giant who died today at age 98, earned criticism for licensing his name to hundreds of mass-market products. His thankfully failed promotion of this monstrous skyscraper for Venice, near where he was born, is recounted in IF VENICE DIES, a passionate plea by eminent art historian Salvatore Settis against the ruination of historic cities.
https://newvesselpress.com/books/if-venice-dies/

THE PIANO STUDENT—a novel with a soundtrack—explores maestro Vladimir Horowitz's hidden gay romance with a musician of "...
12/29/2020
The piano men

THE PIANO STUDENT—a novel with a soundtrack—explores maestro Vladimir Horowitz's hidden gay romance with a musician of "brilliant mediocrity" as Europe hurtled towards war in the 1930s. "A chronicle of a moving love story ... does lift the lid on the otherwise staid portrayal in popular perception of the world of classical music ... One is tempted often to look up the music peppered throughout the book."—The Hindu Business Line
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/blink/read/lea-singers-new-novel-is-based-on-the-love-affair-between-pianists-horowitz-and-kaufmann/article33443798.ece

Author Lea Singer uses unpublished letters to draw out a secret relationship between Vladimir Horowitz, one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, and his student, the Swiss pianist and composer Nico Kaufmann, in a book populated with delightful pieces of music

Xmas Eve popup in NYC on Broadway and West 75th Street. #rebookingmanhattan
12/24/2020

Xmas Eve popup in NYC on Broadway and West 75th Street. #rebookingmanhattan

Audiobooks make perfect last-minute gifts and THE 6:41 TO PARIS by Jean-Philippe Blondel is available on Libro.fm which ...
12/22/2020
The 6:41 to Paris Audiobook on Libro.fm

Audiobooks make perfect last-minute gifts and THE 6:41 TO PARIS by Jean-Philippe Blondel is available on Libro.fm which partners with independent bookstores like NYC's Book Club. A psychological thriller about past romance, with all its pain and promise and the listener gaining entrée to the most private of thoughts.
https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781662023026-the-6-41-to-paris

Cécile, a stylish forty-seven-year-old, has spent the weekend visiting her parents in a provincial town southeast of Paris. By early Monday morning, she's exhausted. These trips back home are always stressful, and she settles into a train compartment with an empty seat beside her. But it's soon occ...

Have a very literary Christmas with our gorgeous holiday story anthologies. A VERY GERMAN CHRISTMAS, excerpted in this m...
12/20/2020

Have a very literary Christmas with our gorgeous holiday story anthologies. A VERY GERMAN CHRISTMAS, excerpted in this month's Harper's Magazine, is available along with other volumes in the series at Book Culture in NYC and an indie bookstore near you.
https://www.bookculture.com/book/9781939931887

WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT by Έρση Σωτηροπούλου / Ersi Sotiropoulos, a song of praise to the poet C.P. Cavafy. "The book i...
12/19/2020

WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT by Έρση Σωτηροπούλου / Ersi Sotiropoulos, a song of praise to the poet C.P. Cavafy. "The book is gorgeous ... offers a unique and deeply participatory entrée into the shadowed corners and sunlit uplands of a unique individual's life." Translated by Karen Emmerich and winner of the National Translation Award.

https://expendablemudge.blogspot.com/

A Starred Review from Kirkus Reviews of UNTRACEABLE by Sergei Lebedev: "Probing the ... horrors that science casually in...
12/18/2020

A Starred Review from Kirkus Reviews of UNTRACEABLE by Sergei Lebedev: "Probing the ... horrors that science casually inflicts on people, animals, and the environment. Though Putin is never mentioned, his malevolent presence is felt throughout. A darkly absorbing intellectual thriller by one of Russia's boldest young novelists."
https://www.edelweiss.plus/?sku=1939931908&g=4400

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is so excited about UNTRACEABLE by Sergei Lebedev that senior fellow Judy...
12/17/2020

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is so excited about UNTRACEABLE by Sergei Lebedev that senior fellow Judy Dempsey chooses it as one of the best books of 2020, though it won't be out until February. "I’m biased! My favorite Russian author is Sergei Lebedev ... This book is about 'the Island,' a closed-off location where 'Neophyte,' a secretive, chemical substance that its scientists hoped was undetectable, was developed."
https://carnegieendowment.org/2020/12/17/best-books-of-2020-as-chosen-by-carnegie-scholars-pub-83483

THE 6:41 TO PARIS is a "quick-bite of a thriller" that Early Bird Books recommends to fans of HBO's The Undoing. The fas...
12/16/2020

THE 6:41 TO PARIS is a "quick-bite of a thriller" that Early Bird Books recommends to fans of HBO's The Undoing. The fast-paced novel involves two ex-lovers who meet on a train decades after a passionate affair ended badly. "Should they speak? If so, what on earth do they say to one another? This is one for readers who love tales of candid romantic strife," it says, adding that a film version of THE 6:41 TO PARIS could also star Nicole Kidman.
https://earlybirdbooks.com/thriller-books-like-the-undoing?utm_source=IgnitionContentNotification

The Russian paper Novye Izvestia marvels that Sergei Lebedev's bold new novel about the state's use of poison in assassi...
12/14/2020

The Russian paper Novye Izvestia marvels that Sergei Lebedev's bold new novel about the state's use of poison in assassination attempts under Putin and other leaders is "written with such artistic depth and subtlety ... artistry in the full meaning of the word." After the recent chemical attack on opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the paper notes "the public had many questions … Lebedev had a question that is natural for a writer: What kind of person does that?... Literature has always asked about the nature of evil."
https://en.newizv.ru/news/culture/11-12-2020/the-creator-of-death-a-new-novel-by-the-most-popular-russian-writer-in-europe-released

"Intensely satisfying ... A haunting and at times heartbreaking read." Never Imitate Blog reviews THE PIANO STUDENT abou...
12/14/2020
Book Review: The Piano Student

"Intensely satisfying ... A haunting and at times heartbreaking read." Never Imitate Blog reviews THE PIANO STUDENT about Vladimir Horowitz's passionate covert affair with a younger male pianist in the 1930s.
https://neverimitate.wordpress.com/2020/12/14/book-review-the-piano-student/

“Criminality and remorselessness are not prerequisites for making art, but sometimes art is created by the criminal and remorseless” The Piano Student, by Lea Singer (translated by Elis…

"The decision to learn a foreign language is to me an act of friendship. It is indeed a holding out of the hand. It’s no...
12/14/2020
Why we should learn German | John le Carré

"The decision to learn a foreign language is to me an act of friendship. It is indeed a holding out of the hand. It’s not just a route to negotiation. It’s also to get to know you better, to draw closer to you and your culture, your social manners and your way of thinking. And the decision to teach a foreign language is an act of commitment, generosity and mediation."—John le Carré
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jul/02/why-we-should-learn-german-john-le-carre

To help make the European debate decent and civilised, it is now more important than ever to value the skills of the linguist

We're taking our books to the streets! Come visit the New Vessel Press popup today on NYC's Upper West Side, Broadway at...
12/13/2020

We're taking our books to the streets! Come visit the New Vessel Press popup today on NYC's Upper West Side, Broadway at 107th Street near Absolute Bagels, with all our Christmas anthologies and novels and nonfiction from around the world. #rebookingmanhattan

Have a very literary Christmas with these beautiful anthologies of contemporary and classic tales from France, Russia, G...
12/12/2020

Have a very literary Christmas with these beautiful anthologies of contemporary and classic tales from France, Russia, Germany, Italy and Scandinavia. At Shakespeare and Company in NYC and an independent bookseller near you. https://shop.shakeandco.com/book/9781939931887

THE DRIVE by Yair Assulin has "the sort of soul-level struggling that makes great fiction possible," says The Jewish Exp...
12/12/2020

THE DRIVE by Yair Assulin has "the sort of soul-level struggling that makes great fiction possible," says The Jewish Exponent. "The translator, Jessica Cohen, is responsible for translations of Israeli literary giants with fans in America like David Grossman, Amos Oz and Etgar Keret, and one can only hope that her name on Assulin’s work means that we’ll be seeing more from him on our shelves soon."

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2020/12/10/overlooked-other-books-to-consider/

"The illicit love affair of world-famous piano virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz and the less successful pianist Nico Kaufmann ...
12/06/2020

"The illicit love affair of world-famous piano virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz and the less successful pianist Nico Kaufmann is recreated vividly in Lea Singer’s THE PIANO STUDENT ... Singer has written a compelling story, interweaving history, music, and psychological intrigues that accompany purposely hidden romantic involvements."—Gay & Lesbian Review-Worldwide
https://glreview.org/article/horowitz-off-the-ivories/

"UNTRACEABLE is an ambitious work, one which goes far beyond the spy thriller."—Artmuselondon on Sergei Lebedev's new no...
12/05/2020
From Novichok to Neophyte

"UNTRACEABLE is an ambitious work, one which goes far beyond the spy thriller."—Artmuselondon on Sergei Lebedev's new novel, translated from the Russian by Antonina W. Bouis.

The horrendous poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury city centre on the 4th March 2018 was the inspiration for Sergei Lebedev’s latest novel Untraceable, set in the opaque wo…

Starred Review for UNTRACEABLE by Sergei Lebedev, the novel that takes on Putin and the ultimate poison, in another stel...
12/02/2020

Starred Review for UNTRACEABLE by Sergei Lebedev, the novel that takes on Putin and the ultimate poison, in another stellar translation by Antonina W. Bouis. "Intense from start to finish ... Untraceable explores recent Russian history through the perspectives of its central characters, who embody the worst of the Soviet Union’s obsessions and excesses ... Intelligent and stunning, Untraceable is a character-driven thriller about the price of control."—Foreword Reviews

I Belong to Vienna by Anna Goldenberg in Alta L. Price's translation is on Run for Cover Bookstore's Best Books of 2020 ...
12/02/2020

I Belong to Vienna by Anna Goldenberg in Alta L. Price's translation is on Run for Cover Bookstore's Best Books of 2020 list!

Before anyone attacks me let me just say this: choosing the “best of” each year is excruciating! It is as if you were asking me to choose between my children (Lucia and Etienne I love you both equally!). This list is made of the books that in 2020 moved me, made me think, laugh, cry or all of the above, transported me somewhere or in time and basically are the books I really would love for everyone to read. I expanded the Adult fiction and non-fiction selection to 20 books (and trust me I had at least double that on my little scratch papers!). I hope this list inspires you. Remember to shop with an indie bookstore today and always. Thank you! And I could not tag more than 20 people apparently so here are more authors and publishers to tag: @souvankhamthammavongsa @lailawrites @new_vessel_press @sierracmurdoch @allendeisabel @sydneyunfiltered @vintageanchorbooks

A Hermann Hesse short story, never before published in English, is among unexpected treats in A VERY GERMAN CHRISTMAS. T...
12/01/2020

A Hermann Hesse short story, never before published in English, is among unexpected treats in A VERY GERMAN CHRISTMAS. The Nobel laureate and author of Steppenwolf and Siddhartha tells of returning unwanted holiday presents like a fountain pen and gloves before adopting a decidedly mystical tone to muse over the gift of an exotic butterfly with allegorical meaning.
https://newvesselpress.com/books/a-very-german-christmas/

"Adrien Goetz’s VILLA OF DELIRIUM is not merely a historical novel, it’s a novel about history. Belle Époque France, Anc...
11/30/2020
Villa of Delirium By Adrien Goetz — Open Letters Review

"Adrien Goetz’s VILLA OF DELIRIUM is not merely a historical novel, it’s a novel about history. Belle Époque France, Ancient Greece, the two World Wars and the Holocaust: each provides the author his narrative setting but also the ideas he reckons with .... Exhilarating ... It's a remarkable feat of storytelling."—Open Letters Review
https://openlettersreview.com/posts/villa-of-delirium-by-adrien-goetz

Not merely a historical novel, this is an epic novel of Greek history.

Preeminent translator from Italian Michael Moore discusses THE ANIMAL GAZER and more in an interview with Trafika Europe...
11/29/2020

Preeminent translator from Italian Michael Moore discusses THE ANIMAL GAZER and more in an interview with Trafika Europe radio, which features a reading of a fascinating chapter from the novel by Edgardo Franzosini. Listen here: https://www.trafikaeurope.org/podcast/bowery-poetry-speaks/?c=72e1ba2726d6 https://newvesselpress.com/books/the-animal-gazer/

Today Sun 29 Nov 2020 3pm in NY=8pm in London=9pm in Milan - preeminent translator from Italian Michael F Moore discusses The Animal Gazer and more - and we enjoy a generous chapter from this novel! To listen: https://trafikaeurope.org/go/radio (51-minute audio).

If you miss this great talk in the livestream, check back in a few days and enjoy it in the Bowery Poetry Speaks audio archive!

Trafika Europe Radio - Europe's literary radio station, free online

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Malvern Books1m · We love—and proudly stock!—these New Vessel Press Christmas collections showcasing stories from a part...
11/25/2020

Malvern Books
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We love—and proudly stock!—these New Vessel Press Christmas collections showcasing stories from a particular country or region. They're beautiful hardbound books and make perfect festive gifts!

A Joseph Roth short story published in English for the first time in A VERY GERMAN CHRISTMAS appears in the December issue of Harper's Magazine and features on its cover. "Christmas in Cochinchina," published in German in 1929, deals with a visit to a dioramic waxworks display by a schoolboy somewhere in the vast Austro-Hungarian empire.
https://newvesselpress.com/books/a-very-german-christmas/
https://harpers.org/archive/2020/12/christmas-in-cochinchina/

Elena Ferrante recommends NEAPOLITAN CHRONICLES by Anna Maria Ortese. "Ferrante has cited Ortese as one of her greatest ...
11/21/2020
Elena Ferrante’s Recommended Reading

Elena Ferrante recommends NEAPOLITAN CHRONICLES by Anna Maria Ortese. "Ferrante has cited Ortese as one of her greatest influences, and the connections are obvious in this collection of short stories and essays.” —The New Yorker https://bookshop.org/lists/elena-ferrante-s-recommended-reading-ab23a010-a51f-4328-a4a8-746246136cd4

Stories of women told by women: Elena Ferrante, the New York Times bestselling author of My Brilliant Friend and The Lying Life of Adults, recommends 40 twentieth-century female writers.

UNTRACEABLE by Sergei Lebedev is a timely work whose "literary approach" offers an enjoyable change of pace from boilerp...
11/19/2020

UNTRACEABLE by Sergei Lebedev is a timely work whose "literary approach" offers an enjoyable change of pace from boilerplate thrillers, says Publishers Weekly. "The Russian government’s poisoning of political enemies provides the backdrop for this timely thriller ... Assured prose is a plus."
https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-939931-90-0

Trafika Europe
11/19/2020

Trafika Europe

Up next in our European Literature Days 2020 - New York festival online, Austrian author Anna Goldenberg and translator Alta L. Price discuss the novel, I Belong to Vienna. Why would you return to a city that tried to murder you? Here is the story of one Jewish family that did. I Belong to Vienna is a defiant memoir from contemporary Europe and a probing tale of heroism, resilience, identity and belonging.

This episode will become available on 19 Nov 2020 from 2pm in NY = 7pm in London = 8pm in Vienna

To listen: trafikaeurope.org/podcast/european-literature-days/

This episode, courtesy of Austrian Cultural Forum New York is so good you'll want to hear it again!

New Vessel Press Italian Cultural Institute Czech Center New York Arts Council Malta EU National Institutes for Culture
#austrianliterature #germanliterature #womenintranslation #europeanliterature #literatureintranslation

The European Literature Days festival includes a discussion of I Belong to Vienna with author Anna Goldenberg and her tr...
11/17/2020

The European Literature Days festival includes a discussion of I Belong to Vienna with author Anna Goldenberg and her translator Alta L. Price about this probing tale of heroism, identity and belonging. Listen in on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. EST on Trafika Europe Radio, and sponsored by Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

https://www.trafikaeurope.org/podcast/european-literature-days/?c=72e1ba2726d6

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‏والله ولا اله إلا أنت سبحانك رب العرش العظيم
So excited to hear that you are publishing Ronit Matalon's And the Bride Closed the Door! More Israeli fiction please!