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

Join Karen Emmerich, winner of the National Translation Award for WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT, in conversation with David B...
05/10/2020
Livestreaming Translating the Future Week 1: From 1970 to 2020: Translation Transformations

Join Karen Emmerich, winner of the National Translation Award for WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT, in conversation with David Bellos, author of Is That a Fish in Your Ear? The Amazing Adventure of Translation, this Tuesday, May 12:
https://howlround.com/happenings/livestreaming-translating-future-week-1-1970-2020-translation-transformations

Co-sponsored by PEN America, the Center for the Humanities at CUNY Graduate Center, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library |PEN America, the Center for the Humanities at CUNY Graduate Center, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Publ...

Independent publishers champion the widest array of voices possible, bringing forth books that uniquely challenge, infor...
05/04/2020

Independent publishers champion the widest array of voices possible, bringing forth books that uniquely challenge, inform, and compel us. In this moment when you need books the most, support indie publishers and #ReadIndie.

To survive quarantine, Interview Magazine editor-at-large Christopher Bollen recommends reading IF VENICE DIES by Salvat...
05/02/2020
Here's What the "Interview" Editors are Reading

To survive quarantine, Interview Magazine editor-at-large Christopher Bollen recommends reading IF VENICE DIES by Salvatore Settis. “An alarming and necessary treatise on how much there is to lose when we don’t work to save one of our most enchanting cities on the planet. It’s out by New Vessel Press, an exciting independent New York publishing house that has been putting out some riveting works in translation.” https://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/office-poll-books-interview-reads

From homosexual erotica to champagne-popping Hollywood dolls, there's a book for everyone needing an escape.

Just a few hours left to win a copy of VILLA OF DELIRIUM on Goodreads. A sweeping tale about an illustrious family besot...
04/30/2020

Just a few hours left to win a copy of VILLA OF DELIRIUM on Goodreads. A sweeping tale about an illustrious family besotted by antiquity that builds itself a palatial French Riviera retreat. "Makes you want to travel, do somersaults and stretches, drink champagne in evening dress, read, think ... Intoxicating."―Publishers Weekly
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Booker Prize winning translator Jessica Cohen talks with The Forward about her rendition of THE DRIVE by Yair Assulin an...
04/29/2020
Q&A: Booker Prize-winning translator Jessica Cohen on mental health and the IDF

Booker Prize winning translator Jessica Cohen talks with The Forward about her rendition of THE DRIVE by Yair Assulin and the stigma of seeking mental health care. Assulin’s book, an unflinching look at the Israeli taboo against avoiding military service, won his country's Ministry of Culture Prize and the Sapir Prize for debut fiction.

https://forward.com/culture/445159/qa-booker-prize-winning-translator-jessica-cohen-on-mental-health-and-the/

“This idea of what the implications are of not doing your military service is something that I personally have grappled with a lot.”

STAY OPEN TO THE WORLD! Read literature in translation with this fantastic NEW OFFER, a discounted package of six books ...
04/25/2020

STAY OPEN TO THE WORLD! Read literature in translation with this fantastic NEW OFFER, a discounted package of six books that will take you to Sudan, Lebanon, Russia, Argentina, Switzerland, Egypt and the Netherlands. An extraordinary literary journey for just $60, free shipping included (U.S. residents ONLY)
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"When do we stop, when do we sit down tocatch our breath and think about who we really are and whatwe want, in the end?"...
04/23/2020
Exposed

"When do we stop, when do we sit down to
catch our breath and think about who we really are and what
we want, in the end?" From the novel EXPOSED by Jean-Philippe Blondel, translated from the French by Alison Anderson. http://newvesselpress.com/books/exposed/

A French teacher on the verge of retirement is invited to a glittering opening that showcases the artwork of his former student, who has since become a

Enough quarantine, let's go to Europe! These six books will take you to pre-2020 Paris, Zurich, Milan and Antwerp. An ex...
04/22/2020
European Travel Package

Enough quarantine, let's go to Europe! These six books will take you to pre-2020 Paris, Zurich, Milan and Antwerp. An extraordinary literary journey for only $60, with free shipping included (U.S. residents ONLY). This package comprises one copy each of The Madeleine Project, Allmen and the Dragonflies, Guys Like Me, The Animal Gazer, The 6:41 to Paris and The Madonna of Notre Dame.

https://store.newvesselpress.com/european-travel-package/

Enough quarantine, let's go to Europe! These six books will take you to Paris, Zurich, Milan and Antwerp. An extraordinary literary journey that's yours for only $60, with free shipping included (U.S. residents ONLY). This package comprises one copy each of The Madeleine Project, Allmen and the Dra...

04/20/2020

THE DRIVE by Yair Assulin is a powerfully subversive novel in a long tradition of anti-militarist literature, with existentialist echoes of Céline's Journey to the End of the Night, Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front and Hašek's Good Soldier Švejk. Watch the video where novelist Ruby Namdar lays it out in an engrossing discussion with Assulin and his Booker Prize winning translator Jessica Cohen.

TONIGHT at 7 p.m. EDT: A live Zoom discussion about THE DRIVE with its Israeli author, Yair Assulin, Booker Prize winnin...
04/19/2020

TONIGHT at 7 p.m. EDT: A live Zoom discussion about THE DRIVE with its Israeli author, Yair Assulin, Booker Prize winning translator Jessica Cohen and novelist Ruby Namdar. This program is cosponsored by McNally Jackson Books in NYC and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in San Francisco.

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/808291614?pwd=Y3oxYU0wU3Yzdy90UE03eW13L2htQT09
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Enough quarantine, let's go to Europe! These six books will take you to pre-2020 Paris, Zurich, Milan and Antwerp. An ex...
04/18/2020

Enough quarantine, let's go to Europe! These six books will take you to pre-2020 Paris, Zurich, Milan and Antwerp. An extraordinary literary journey that's yours for only $60, with free shipping (U.S. residents ONLY). This package comprises one copy each of The Madeleine Project, Allmen and the Dragonflies, Guys Like Me, The Animal Gazer, The 6:41 to Paris and The Madonna of Notre Dame. https://store.newvesselpress.com/european-travel-package/

Win a free ebook copy of VILLA OF DELIRIUM by Adrien Goetz: "A deeply human story of beauty and loss."―Christine Coulson...
04/16/2020

Win a free ebook copy of VILLA OF DELIRIUM by Adrien Goetz: "A deeply human story of beauty and loss."―Christine Coulson, author of Metropolitan Stories. "Makes you want to travel, do somersaults and stretches, drink champagne in evening dress, read, think ... Intoxicating."— Publishers Weekly https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/306230

Critic David Brussat lauds VILLA OF DELIRIUM by Adrien Goetz as "a fine novel" containing "one of the most beautiful pas...
04/13/2020

Critic David Brussat lauds VILLA OF DELIRIUM by Adrien Goetz as "a fine novel" containing "one of the most beautiful passages in contemporary literary history ...There is scandal in the family background, including an allegedly fake archaeological discovery that infects the plot like a virus. Alongside, there is romance ... Goetz is a master." https://architecturehereandthere.com/2020/03/24/a-deliriously-lovely-chapter/ https://architecturehereandthere.com/2020/04/12/review-villa-of-delirium/

Win a free advance copy of I BELONG TO VIENNA by Anna Goldenberg on LibraryThing. "Why would you return to a city that t...
04/13/2020

Win a free advance copy of I BELONG TO VIENNA by Anna Goldenberg on LibraryThing. "Why would you return to a city that tried to murder you? Here is the story of one Jewish family that did ... Blends history, biography, and memoir ... Well-researched, intimate, evocative look at some of the 20th century’s foulest days."—Kirkus Reviews
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Join Israeli writer Yair Assulin for a live Zoom discussion of his provocative new novel THE DRIVE with Booker Prize win...
04/11/2020

Join Israeli writer Yair Assulin for a live Zoom discussion of his provocative new novel THE DRIVE with Booker Prize winning translator Jessica Cohen and author Ruby Namdar. This event on Sunday, April 19 at 7 pm EDT cosponsored by McNally Jackson Books in NYC and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in San Francisco. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-drivebook-discussion-tickets-102443928548

To mark today's publication date for THE DRIVE by Yair Assulin in translation by Booker Prize winner Jessica Cohen, read...
04/07/2020

To mark today's publication date for THE DRIVE by Yair Assulin in translation by Booker Prize winner Jessica Cohen, read an excerpt from this acclaimed Israeli novel in the The Tel Aviv Review of Books: https://www.tarb.co.il/the-drive/

"Reading THE DRIVE in these times ... feels nearly like a political act. The soldier’s mental conflict feels like our ve...
04/06/2020

"Reading THE DRIVE in these times ... feels nearly like a political act. The soldier’s mental conflict feels like our very own. Can we take a break from the news cycle, from being perpetually battle-ready, from speaking, writing, reacting and just spend a morning with a poem anymore? ... A novel that is really a manual for what it takes to be an individual in a country today."— OPEN magazine, India
https://openthemagazine.com/lounge/books/soldier-at-unease/

04/01/2020

Video message on surviving these days of isolation with New Vessel Press.

THE DRIVE by Yair Assulin: "Prize–winning debut ... exemplifies the individual’s battle against larger forces ... An une...
03/30/2020

THE DRIVE by Yair Assulin: "Prize–winning debut ... exemplifies the individual’s battle against larger forces ... An unexpected story of resistance to military life, sobering and nuanced."—Library Journal http://newvesselpress.com/books/the-drive/

"Many try to write the seductive literary thriller set in romantic Italy, but it takes a real master like Piero Chiara t...
03/28/2020

"Many try to write the seductive literary thriller set in romantic Italy, but it takes a real master like Piero Chiara to show how it’s done. THE BISHOP'S BEDROOM is sharp and sophisticated, a mystery with a keen awareness of the social forces that pull at its web. I didn’t want it to end."—Christopher Bollen, author of A Beautiful Crime and Orient
https://bookshop.org/books/the-bishop-s-bedroom/9781939931740

Thanks to the over 1,000 entrants in the Goodreads giveaway of THE DRIVE by Yair Assulin. Copies are being shipped to wi...
03/25/2020

Thanks to the over 1,000 entrants in the Goodreads giveaway of THE DRIVE by Yair Assulin. Copies are being shipped to winners today. You can order this stunning Israeli novel translated by Booker Prize winner Jessica Cohen now in print or ebook format from our website. http://newvesselpress.com/books/the-drive/

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03/24/2020

ITHL - The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature

Yair Asulin: Reflections of an author at the time of Corona

You’re working on a new book. A year has gone by. Between two countries: From Israel to America, back to Israel. You have a certain insight on your mind, a point of view that you want to put across, about the place where you were born, where you live, where you are raising a family. About these fragile times, about this century and its burning questions. To grasp reality from the inside. Through feelings, events, consciousness. Through literature. To mark something that diverges from those worn-out categories, that subverts, that keeps watch on the margins of the road. Before you realize that the danger of despair is lurking and closing in, how soon what is breakable will be broken.

And everything is ready. The dustcover is lovely. The prose is polished, thoroughly edited. Preparations for the launch are at their height. The publicists are doing a great job, pre-publication campaigns are peaking. The event is going to be a really big bash, and a series of follow-ups is planned. Your heart is pounding.

And then the pandemic strikes, virtually freezing time, fracturing it. Abruptly challenging almost everything that we have taken for granted. Touching upon just about everything the book means to touch upon, to point out. The sense of home, yearning for redemption and for the messiah, the state as a deity, moribund politics, erosion of solidarity, alienation, suppression, life in a state of emergency, the shared fate of the Israelis, the profound devotion to materialism, the ability and the right to dream, the gap between reality and the prevalent discourse, the ability to live in the present. A multiplicity of different tesserae in the mosaic of place and time and of soul and of vision.

But the bookstores are shuttered, the great launch event has been postponed, and the conversation the book was supposed to provoke can hardly take place. And you plead: Do not let this book perish, hear what it says, talk with it. It is as if this book was written for these very times. It can be purchased in its digital format, or from the publisher, or the websites of the bookstore chains. Give it a place. Share it. Share it again. We hope and believe that it will amply reward you.

Yair Asulin is the author of The Drive, to be published by The New Vessel Press, NY, April 2020.

(Yair Assulin's Photo credit: Devora Asulin)

"Why would you return to a city that tried to murder you? Here is the story of one Jewish family that did ... Blends his...
03/24/2020

"Why would you return to a city that tried to murder you? Here is the story of one Jewish family that did ... Blends history, biography, and memoir ... Vividly re-creates the scene in Vienna as horror arrived: the rise of the Nazis, the abuse of Jews, the roundups and transportations ... Well-researched, intimate, evocative look at some of the 20th century’s foulest days."—Kirkus Reviews on I BELONG TO VIENNA
https://bookshop.org/books/i-belong-to-vienna-a-jewish-family-s-story-of-exile-and-return/9781939931849

Christine Coulson, author of Metropolitan Stories: A Novel, calls VILLA OF DELIRIUM by Adrien Goetz "a deeply human stor...
03/23/2020

Christine Coulson, author of Metropolitan Stories: A Novel, calls VILLA OF DELIRIUM by Adrien Goetz "a deeply human story of beauty and loss." Translated by Natasha Lehrer, this sweeping tale of an illustrious family that builds itself a fabulous vacation retreat on the French Riviera, shows "Goetz instinctually understands the capacity of objects to hold memory and collapse time." http://newvesselpress.com/books/villa-of-delirium/

03/22/2020

A message of hope from Troyes in France, where Jean-Philippe Blondel, author of the critically acclaimed novels EXPOSED and THE 6:41 TO PARIS, talks about the pleasures of reading and looks ahead to the future. http://newvesselpress.com/books/exposed/

AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR —a tragicomic novel for our times by the celebrated Israeli author Ronit Matalon. Superbly...
03/18/2020
And the Bride Closed the Door

AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR —a tragicomic novel for our times by the celebrated Israeli author Ronit Matalon. Superbly translated by Booker Prize winner Jessica Cohen:
https://bookshop.org/books/and-the-bride-closed-the-door/9781939931757

"Funny, moving and deeply real."--Dara Horn, author of Eternal LifeA young bride shuts herself up in a bedroom on her wedding day, refusing to get married. In this moving and humorous look at contemporary Israel and the chaotic ups and downs of love everywhere, her family gathers outside the locked....

We're giving away 10 advance copies of THE DRIVE by Yair Assulin. Enter now to win and read this compelling story of an ...
03/11/2020
Book giveaway for The Drive by Yair Assulin Mar 11-Mar 24, 2020

We're giving away 10 advance copies of THE DRIVE by Yair Assulin. Enter now to win and read this compelling story of an urgent personal quest to reconcile duty, expectations and individual instinct. https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/304962?utm_medium=api&utm_source=giveaway_widget

Enter to win one of 10 free copies available. Giveaway dates from Mar 11-Mar 24, 2020. Enter to win one of 10 advance copies of the provocative new Israe...

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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!