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

In Moment Magazine, Shula Reinharz calls AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR "an outrageously funny, perplexing and perhaps un...
11/13/2019
Book Review | A Writer Who Opened Doors

In Moment Magazine, Shula Reinharz calls AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR "an outrageously funny, perplexing and perhaps universal story," and finds Jessica Cohen's translation "stunning ... Matalon manages to squeeze into this very brief story several of Israeli society’s easily recognized blemishes: conspicuous consumption run amok, out-of-control weddings (this one includes 500 guests), marital and in-law relations and more." https://momentmag.com/book-review-a-writer-who-opened-doors/

How tragic that we recently lost one of Israel’s great writers—Ronit Matalon—who died at the young age of 58.

At Strand Book Store last night, translator Jessica Cohen, novelist Bethany Ball and Columbia University professor Gil H...
11/12/2019

At Strand Book Store last night, translator Jessica Cohen, novelist Bethany Ball and Columbia University professor Gil Hochberg stressed the poignant, deep mystery of AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR, the final work by Israeli author Ronit Matalon about a woman who sows chaos by refusing to appear on her wedding day. http://newvesselpress.com/books/and-the-bride-closed-the-door/

CrimeReads recommends THE BISHOP'S BEDROOM: "Just as sultry and transgressive as the title suggests. Set in 1946 ... fol...
11/11/2019
5 International Crime Novels To Read This November

CrimeReads recommends THE BISHOP'S BEDROOM: "Just as sultry and transgressive as the title suggests. Set in 1946 ... follows two men who unite for erotic adventures, only to have their partnership interrupted by unexpected tragedy. This moody psychological work, half mystery and half meditation, should please fans of Patricia Highsmith." https://crimereads.com/5-international-crime-novels-to-read-this-november/

Every month, like customs agents with a penchant for literature, we’re scouring the latest imports to these shores looking for the best crime novels, mysteries, and thrillers. Whether you’re a devo…

Booker Prize winning translator Jessica Cohen, novelist Bethany Ball and Columbia University literature professor Gil Ho...
11/10/2019

Booker Prize winning translator Jessica Cohen, novelist Bethany Ball and Columbia University literature professor Gil Hochberg discuss AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR at the Strand Book Store tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
https://www.strandbooks.com/event/and-the-bride-closed

The Sopranos star Edoardo Ballerini narrates THE BISHOP'S BEDROOM. The Italian-American actor, named a Golden Voice for ...
11/10/2019

The Sopranos star Edoardo Ballerini narrates THE BISHOP'S BEDROOM. The Italian-American actor, named a Golden Voice for lifetime achievement as an audiobook narrator, is the ideal choice for this sultry, stylish psychological thriller set on Largo Maggiore in northern Italy.
https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781974984916-the-bishop-s-bedroom

The 2019 National Translation Award in Prose goes to WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT. Congratulations to Karen Emmerich, whose ...
11/08/2019

The 2019 National Translation Award in Prose goes to WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT. Congratulations to Karen Emmerich, whose translation of this spectacular Greek novel by Ersi Sotiropoulos was praised by the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) for its "sinuous sentences" portraying poet C.P. Cavafy. "Moving seamlessly from description to thought to assessment of the poems he’s working on ... the prose becomes as luxurious and welcoming as Cavafy’s own poetry."
https://literarytranslators.wordpress.com/2019/11/08/announcing-the-winner-of-the-2019-national-translation-award-in-prose-whats-left-of-the-night/
http://newvesselpress.com/books/whats-left-night/

Asymptote names AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR its October Book Selection. "One could tout the graces of Matalon’s novell...
11/07/2019

Asymptote names AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR its October Book Selection. "One could tout the graces of Matalon’s novella on a number of fronts. Its layered brand of humor—part slapstick, part wit—seeps in and out of darkness with bite, yielding a compact tragicomedy on love and loss ... Its prose, translated by Man Booker Prize winner Jessica Cohen, is a deftly wielded knife." https://www.asymptotejournal.com/blog/2019/11/07/announcing-our-october-book-club-selection-and-the-bride-closed-the-door-by-ronit-matalon/?fbclid=IwAR2cCTOMDvLHNhqGndMzdQ8mOQdnfhERDSH1OJPEXRK6kDSUEezVAer6BXo

Read an excerpt from THE BISHOP'S BEDROOM on CrimeReads: https://crimereads.com/excerpt-the-bishops-bedroom/  "The sexua...
11/06/2019
The Bishop’s Bedroom

Read an excerpt from THE BISHOP'S BEDROOM on CrimeReads: https://crimereads.com/excerpt-the-bishops-bedroom/ "The sexual tension crackles ... The suspense is as palpable as the unmistakable echoes of Patricia Highsmith."—Booklist

For five days I resisted the temptation to return to Oggebbio, where it seemed I’d scented one of the lake’s many hidden mysteries. But one afternoon, while I was on my way back to my home port, I …

AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR reviewed by Rachel Kadish in The New York Times: “Matalon’s virtuosic novel opens in a sta...
11/06/2019

AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR reviewed by Rachel Kadish in The New York Times: “Matalon’s virtuosic novel opens in a standoff: A bride has barricaded herself in a room on her wedding day and will neither emerge nor explain ... The lightness of Matalon’s tale belies its heft. In prose that is both abrupt and tender, she skewers the hydraulics of family and the insensitivities of those who think themselves exquisitely sensitive ... Matalon ... indicts us all."
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/books/review/and-the-bride-closed-the-door-ronit-matalon.html

Here's why WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT has been shortlisted for the National Translation Award in Prose: "Takes us into thr...
11/05/2019
The NTA Countdown to ALTA42: What’s Left of the Night

Here's why WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT has been shortlisted for the National Translation Award in Prose: "Takes us into three days and nights of Cavafy’s European tour in June 1897 ... Moving seamlessly from description to thought to assessment of the poems he’s working on, the story allows us to live, briefly, in this history; in Karen Emmerich's translation, the prose becomes as luxurious and welcoming as Cavafy’s own poetry."

https://literarytranslators.wordpress.com/2019/11/05/the-nta-countdown-to-alta42-whats-left-of-the-night/

Join us as we count down to ALTA42: Sight and Sound with the National Translation Award in Poetry and Prose long- and shortlisted titles! We will be featuring the titles in alphabetical order along…

The Madeleine Project is a staff choice at Book Culture in New York City. Stop by one of their stores for your copy of t...
11/04/2019

The Madeleine Project is a staff choice at Book Culture in New York City. Stop by one of their stores for your copy of this audacious act of journalism, driven by intense curiosity and humane tenderness, that introduces the world to an unsung 20th century figure. http://newvesselpress.com/books/the-madeleine-project/

THE BISHOP'S BEDROOM is BOOK OF THE MONTH at Foyles Bookshop in London. "A beautiful evocation of the dolce vita ... and...
11/04/2019

THE BISHOP'S BEDROOM is BOOK OF THE MONTH at Foyles Bookshop in London. "A beautiful evocation of the dolce vita ... and an unnerving portrayal of the predatory sexual mores of another world that mirrors those of our own in the strangest, most unexpected ways."―James Lasdun, author of The Fall Guy http://newvesselpress.com/books/the-bishops-bedroom/

Visit our popup shop today on Broadway and West 75th in NYC. #rebookingmanhattan
11/03/2019

Visit our popup shop today on Broadway and West 75th in NYC. #rebookingmanhattan

The Italian art historian and author of IF VENICE DIES,  Salvatore Settis, will co-curate an exhibition of one of the wo...
10/29/2019
A Storied Collection of Ancient Sculpture Will Finally See the Light

The Italian art historian and author of IF VENICE DIES,
Salvatore Settis, will co-curate an exhibition of one of the world's most precious art troves, the Torlonia Collection of ancient classical sculpture. Settis played a key role in negotiating the display of the treasures, long shrouded in mystery.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/arts/design/torlonia-collection-rome-statues.html?searchResultPosition=1

The Torlonia family assembled one of the world’s most important private collections of statuary. It will go on display in Rome in March, a prelude to a grand tour.

Public Books calls NEAPOLITAN CHRONICLES by Anna Maria Ortese "a masterpiece ... Conveying the intricacies of Ortese’s s...
10/23/2019
Out of the Drawing Room: Italian Women Writers in Translation

Public Books calls NEAPOLITAN CHRONICLES by Anna Maria Ortese "a masterpiece ... Conveying the intricacies of Ortese’s style presents a challenge to the translator ... But, happily, Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee are the ones to tackle her knotty prose. Together, they crafted an English translation whose language is easy to read, while still strikingly strange."
https://www.publicbooks.org/out-of-the-drawing-room-italian-women-writers-in-translation/

“This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This ...

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10/18/2019

#frankfurtbookfair #literature #translation

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10/17/2019

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Trump rages at the Frankfurt Book Fair/Frankfurter Buchmesse (in an ad for Germany's Rowohlt Verlag.) “This is what happ...
10/16/2019

Trump rages at the Frankfurt Book Fair/Frankfurter Buchmesse (in an ad for Germany's Rowohlt Verlag.) “This is what happens if you don’t read books.”

Flying the flag of literature and openness to the world at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Visit New Vessel Press in Hall 6, Bo...
10/15/2019

Flying the flag of literature and openness to the world at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Visit New Vessel Press in Hall 6, Booth A27.

"Matalon nails how families relate to each other. Her scenes are cinematic and evocative ... A masterful rendering of a ...
10/14/2019

"Matalon nails how families relate to each other. Her scenes are cinematic and evocative ... A masterful rendering of a failed wedding day and the embedded failures that individuals, a family, and a culture accrue in the process of trying to manage their circumstances. As complex and chaotic as life."―Foreword Reviews Book of the Day + Starred Review.
https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/and-the-bride-closed-the-door/

Curious about Vigdis Hjorth, the Norwegian author nominated for this year's National Book Award? "She has become the big...
10/03/2019

Curious about Vigdis Hjorth, the Norwegian author nominated for this year's National Book Award? "She has become the biggest Scandinavian literary story of the past twenty years, except for maybe Karl Ove Knausgaard, with whose work hers has been compared," writes The New Yorker. You'll find unexpected stories by both Hjorth and Knausgaard in A VERY SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS: http://newvesselpress.com/books/a-very-scandinavian-christmas/

Today is publication day for AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR, translated by Man Booker International Prize winner Jessica ...
10/01/2019

Today is publication day for AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR, translated by Man Booker International Prize winner Jessica Cohen. "Ronit Matalon was a giant of Israeli literature: not of the bombast of grand political statements, but rather a master of the private, the intimate, the ambivalent, the human. AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR ... is funny, moving and deeply real."―Dara Horn, author of Eternal Life
http://newvesselpress.com/books/and-the-bride-closed-the-door/

WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT by Ersi Sotiropoulos in Karen Emmerich's stellar translation has been shortlisted for the 2019 ...
09/30/2019

WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT by Ersi Sotiropoulos in Karen Emmerich's stellar translation has been shortlisted for the 2019 National Translation Award in Prose from the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA). "A perfect book," is what Edmund White calls this spellbinding novel about the poet C.P. Cavafy. https://literarytranslators.wordpress.com/2019/09/30/announcing-the-2019-national-translation-awards-in-poetry-and-prose-shortlists/ http://newvesselpress.com/books/whats-left-night/

"Sexual tension crackles" in THE BISHOP'S BEDROOM, enthuses Booklist. "Happily, this hypnotic novel, a mix of thriller a...
09/24/2019

"Sexual tension crackles" in THE BISHOP'S BEDROOM, enthuses Booklist. "Happily, this hypnotic novel, a mix of thriller and mood piece on the nature of sexual attraction, has finally been translated into English ... The suspense is as palpable as the unmistakable echoes of Patricia Highsmith."
http://newvesselpress.com/books/the-bishops-bedroom/

Celebrate Banned Books Week with COCAINE by Pitigrilli. The novel's descriptions of sex and drug use prompted Vatican au...
09/23/2019

Celebrate Banned Books Week with COCAINE by Pitigrilli. The novel's descriptions of sex and drug use prompted Vatican authorities to place it on a list of forbidden books. "A brilliant black comedy that belongs on the same shelf as Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies and Dawn Powell's The Wicked Pavilion."—Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City http://newvesselpress.com/books/cocaine/

Anyone with doubts about the future of literary culture and  publishing should attend the Brooklyn Book Festival. Yester...
09/23/2019

Anyone with doubts about the future of literary culture and publishing should attend the Brooklyn Book Festival. Yesterday's 2019 event was marked by record sales and fantastic encounters with Afro-Italian author Igiaba Scego and readers ever avid for good books.

Come visit us at the Brooklyn Book Festival. We’re in booth 613 next to Borough Hall. Igiaba Scego author of ADUA will b...
09/22/2019

Come visit us at the Brooklyn Book Festival. We’re in booth 613 next to Borough Hall. Igiaba Scego author of ADUA will be signing copies and in conversation with Amitav Ghosh at 5 p.m. http://newvesselpress.com/books/adua/

Join New Vessel Press at the Brooklyn Book Festival tomorrow, Sunday, September 22. All our books will be on sale at Boo...
09/21/2019

Join New Vessel Press at the Brooklyn Book Festival tomorrow, Sunday, September 22. All our books will be on sale at Booth 613, next to Brooklyn Borough Hall, including signed copies of ADUA by Igiaba Scego. http://newvesselpress.com/books/adua/

Today is publication day for our fourth book in the very popular Very Christmas series—A VERY SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS. A ...
09/17/2019

Today is publication day for our fourth book in the very popular Very Christmas series—A VERY SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS. A literary smorgasbord ranging from Karl Ove Knausgaard to Hans Christian Andersen to National Book Award nominee Vigdis Hjorth. The perfect complement to the earlier books in this series: A VERY FRENCH CHRISTMAS, A VERY RUSSIAN CHRISTMAS and A VERY ITALIAN CHRISTMAS. http://newvesselpress.com/books/a-very-scandinavian-christmas/

KILLING AUNTIE is a short comedic masterpiece that combines elements of Dostoevsky, Sartre, Kafka, and Heller. “Deliciou...
09/16/2019

KILLING AUNTIE is a short comedic masterpiece that combines elements of Dostoevsky, Sartre, Kafka, and Heller. “Deliciously wicked … readers will also find plenty to enjoy (one sequence of unwitting cannibalism is particularly memorable).”— Publishers Weekly
http://newvesselpress.com/books/killing-auntie/

Visit our popup store today in NYC on Broadway and West 75th Street. #rebookingmanhattan
09/08/2019

Visit our popup store today in NYC on Broadway and West 75th Street. #rebookingmanhattan

Alison Anderson's deft translation is bringing the French novel EXPOSED by Jean-philippe Blondel to English-speaking rea...
09/05/2019

Alison Anderson's deft translation is bringing the French novel EXPOSED by Jean-philippe Blondel to English-speaking readers in Kansas and beyond. Skype enabled Blondel to appear from his home in Troyes, France last week with the Translation Book Club at Watermark Books & Cafe in Wichita. http://newvesselpress.com/books/exposed/

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