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New Vessel Press

New Vessel Press New Vessel Press is an independent publishing house devoted to fiction and narrative nonfiction in t New Vessel Press, founded in New York City in 2012, is an independent publishing house specializing in fiction and narrative nonfiction in translation.

In bringing books from other countries to English-speaking readers, we offer captivating, thought-provoking works with beautifully-designed covers and high production values. We scour the globe looking for the best stories, knowing that only a fraction of the books published in the United States each year are translations. That leaves a lot of great literature still to be discovered. At New Vessel

In bringing books from other countries to English-speaking readers, we offer captivating, thought-provoking works with beautifully-designed covers and high production values. We scour the globe looking for the best stories, knowing that only a fraction of the books published in the United States each year are translations. That leaves a lot of great literature still to be discovered. At New Vessel

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THE VANISHED COLLECTION reviewed in Reading Jewish Fiction: "Baer de Perignon’s work, distinguished by its engaging styl...
09/15/2022

THE VANISHED COLLECTION reviewed in Reading Jewish Fiction: "Baer de Perignon’s work, distinguished by its engaging style and conversational voice, beautifully rendered by Natasha Lehrer’s smooth translation from the original French, is a wonderful contribution. Though the story is not fiction, it reads like a juicy novel, and the reader is immediately drawn in by the author’s genuine and very personal tone ... both lively and touching ... An excellent, well-researched, and in-depth exposé."
www.readingjewishfiction.com/thevanishedcollection

09/14/2022

Our Book of the Day is "The Vanished Collection" by Pauline Baer de Perignon, translated by Natasha Lehrer (New Vessel Press). In this heartwarming and compelling story, we follow author Pauline Baer de Perignon as she investigates what happened to her great-grandfather's art collection (which included works from Renoir, Monet, and Degas) after the Nazis seized his Parisian apartment in 1942. Kirkus calls this book "undeniably intriguing ... memorable and often moving," while Publishers Weekly declares that "this page-turner will delight art history and mystery fans alike." If you're in the mood for a riveting art world mystery that is also "an utterly personal, heartfelt, and extremely intelligent story of a woman doing everything she can to uncover the truths of her family" (Menachem Kaiser), stop by the store or call us on 512-322-2097 for curbside pick up.

A haunting gay novel from Brazil: THE WORDS THAT REMAIN by Stênio Gardel, translated by Bruna Dantas Lobato. A letter ha...
09/14/2022

A haunting gay novel from Brazil: THE WORDS THAT REMAIN by Stênio Gardel, translated by Bruna Dantas Lobato. A letter has beckoned to Raimundo since he received it over fifty years ago from his youthful passion, handsome Cícero. But having grown up in an impoverished area of Brazil where the demands of manual labor thwarted his becoming literate, Raimundo has long been unable to read. This is a sweeping novel of repression, violence, and shame, along with their flip side: survival, endurance, and the ultimate triumph of an unforgettable figure on society’s margins.
https://newvesselpress.com/books/the-words-that-remain/

A VERY MEXICAN CHRISTMAS is published today, with spellbinding works by Carlos Fuentes, bestselling Laura Esquivel, and ...
09/13/2022

A VERY MEXICAN CHRISTMAS is published today, with spellbinding works by Carlos Fuentes, bestselling Laura Esquivel, and contemporary favorites like Amparo Dávila, Sandra Cisneros, Fabio Morábito, and Carmen Boullosa, as well as fresh translations of classics by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Ignacio Manuel Altamirano. Gorgeous cover design by Cecilia Ruiz.
https://bookshop.org/books/a-very-mexican-christmas/9781954404083

"This is a seriously wonderful book," the Paris-based art blog Musée Musings says of VILLA OF DELIRIUM by Adrien Goetz, ...
09/12/2022
Villa as Madeleine — Musée Musings

"This is a seriously wonderful book," the Paris-based art blog Musée Musings says of VILLA OF DELIRIUM by Adrien Goetz, translated by Natasha Lehrer: "The English translation is beautiful, graceful, elegant. After I finished reading the book, I couldn’t let it go. It haunted me. There was only one thing to do. Read it again. I enjoyed it even more the second time."

Villa of Delirium by Adrian Goetz

UNTRACEABLE by Sergei Lebedev praised in The International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, an examinati...
08/30/2022

UNTRACEABLE by Sergei Lebedev praised in The International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, an examination of the "Faustian bargain" made by Russian—and German—scientists in concocting deadly chemical weapons in the 1920s and more recently under Putin, with "history repeating itself and completing the circle of evil." The journal concludes: "Gracefully translated by Antonina W. Bouis ... UNTRACEABLE is not a spy or espionage novel. It is about poison—a metaphorical poisonous symphony of minds, hearts, souls, and literal death orchestrated to serve state power and punish apostates."
https://doi.org/10.1080/08850607.2021.2021740

A FEW COLLECTORS by Pierre Le-Tan gets a two-page spread in the September/October 2022 issue of The Magazine Antiques. "...
08/29/2022

A FEW COLLECTORS by Pierre Le-Tan gets a two-page spread in the September/October 2022 issue of The Magazine Antiques. "Le-Tan's illustrations are, of course, a chief attraction of the book, and their subtle sophistication is matched by Le-Tan's writing style. He is nuanced, unafraid of ambiguity, indifferent to narrative closure. Le-Tan is also smart ... and above all he is wise." https://newvesselpress.com/books/a-few-collectors/

Authors, publishers and readers gather in support of Salman Rushdie and the freedom to write at a rally on the steps of ...
08/19/2022

Authors, publishers and readers gather in support of Salman Rushdie and the freedom to write at a rally on the steps of NYPL The New York Public Library organized by PEN America.

Pierre Le-Tan in 3x3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration: "A FEW COLLECTORS, the artist’s tongue-in-cheek profile of 2...
08/15/2022

Pierre Le-Tan in 3x3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration: "A FEW COLLECTORS, the artist’s tongue-in-cheek profile of 20 eccentrics with whom he rubbed shoulders, is accented by seventy engaging drawings that ... ask us to slow down and really look—to reside in a state of graceful observation."
https://bookshop.org/books/a-few-collectors/9781954404045

Distant Fathers by Marina Jarre and The Madeleine Project by Clara Beaudoux are featured at Shakespeare & Co. Upper West...
08/13/2022

Distant Fathers by Marina Jarre and The Madeleine Project by Clara Beaudoux are featured at Shakespeare & Co. Upper West Side for .

For  Margriet de Moor talks about SLEEPLESS NIGHT. Master storyteller and one of Europe’s foremost novelists, de Moor re...
08/11/2022
Magriet de Moor on SLEEPLESS NIGHT | Literature in Translation

For Margriet de Moor talks about SLEEPLESS NIGHT. Master storyteller and one of Europe’s foremost novelists, de Moor recounts a gripping love story about endings and demise, rage and jealousy, knowledge and ambiguity—and the possibility of a fresh start.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qNaEmrr8Pc

Margriet de Moor discusses her novel SLEEPLESS NIGHT, a "subtle, enigmatic, and beautiful elegy" (Claire Fuller) translated by David Doherty. Available in bo...

In Brooklyn tomorrow, August 5? Please join New Vessel Press and Archipelago Books for drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a look...
08/04/2022

In Brooklyn tomorrow, August 5? Please join New Vessel Press and Archipelago Books for drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a look at our latest books from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Center for Fiction, 15 Lafayette Avenue. Hope to see you there!

More praise for Pierre Le-Tan: "A FEW COLLECTORS is, by turns, wry, serene and melancholy ... There's both humor and a w...
08/04/2022

More praise for Pierre Le-Tan: "A FEW COLLECTORS is, by turns, wry, serene and melancholy ... There's both humor and a wistfulness to Le-Tan's late-in-life remembrances ... that will incline readers to consume A FEW COLLECTORS as both a work of art and an elegy for vanishing splendor."—Shelf Awareness
https://www.shelf-awareness.com/sar-issue.html?issue=1113#m19438

Celebrate Women in Translation Month with ADUA by Afro-Italian author Igiaba Scego, a Staff Pick at Powell's Books, Inc....
08/02/2022

Celebrate Women in Translation Month with ADUA by Afro-Italian author Igiaba Scego, a Staff Pick at Powell's Books, Inc. in Portland. "The Italian post-colonial experience via Somalia—a father and a daughter each try to fit in as dark-skinned people in Rome." Translated by Jamie Richards.
https://www.powells.com/book/adua-9781939931450/1-1

A video of the excellent discussion of POLLAK'S ARM, an extraordinary novel weaving together archaeology, art history an...
08/01/2022
Death and Immortality:The Gentle Power of Hans von Trotha's "Pollak's Arm" Hans von Trotha and Ori Z Soltes in conversation

A video of the excellent discussion of POLLAK'S ARM, an extraordinary novel weaving together archaeology, art history and the Holocaust, with author Hans von Trotha and Georgetown University Professor Ori Z Soltes, sponsored by the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, Inc. https://fritzaschersociety.org/exhibition-event/pollaks-arm/

Ludwig Pollak (Prague 1868-1943 Auschwitz) was an extraordinary connoisseur of antiquities--an Austro-Hungarian Jew whose path into academia was impeded by his religion, but who settled in Rome, where he carved out a unique place for himself as an expert in

Please join New Vessel Press and Archipelago Books for drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a look at our latest books next Friday...
07/28/2022

Please join New Vessel Press and Archipelago Books for drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a look at our latest books next Friday, August 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Center for Fiction in Brooklyn. Hope to see you there!

The website Bustle names UNTRACEABLE among the Best Thriller Books to Read Now. "Acclaimed Russian novelist Sergei Lebed...
07/27/2022

The website Bustle names UNTRACEABLE among the Best Thriller Books to Read Now. "Acclaimed Russian novelist Sergei Lebedev drew inspiration for UNTRACEABLE from the state-ordered murders of a former Russian agent and his daughter in 2018. In Lebedev’s version, the would-be victim is a chemist who invented the poison that may be used to kill him. Although he defected to the West years before, he’s never really escaped his home country ... and they haven’t forgotten about him, either."
https://www.bustle.com/entertainment/thriller-books

Pierre Le-Tan's sumptuous illustrated book A FEW COLLECTORS is named an "object of desire" by The Wick Culture. "A treas...
07/22/2022

Pierre Le-Tan's sumptuous illustrated book A FEW COLLECTORS is named an "object of desire" by The Wick Culture. "A treasure trove of a book ... Inspiring and heartwarming in instant measure, Le-Tan’s book is a collectible in its own right."
https://thewickculture.com/list/themes/objects-of-desire/

Beloved Parisian artist Pierre Le-Tan was a collector of collectors—"he sought out glimpses of people who, like him, cou...
07/21/2022
The Art of Acquisition

Beloved Parisian artist Pierre Le-Tan was a collector of collectors—"he sought out glimpses of people who, like him, could not stop acquiring things." The result, writes Sophie Haigney in The New York Times, was a funny, whimsical and poignant book filled with seventy of Le Tan's gorgeous illustrations.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/09/arts/pierre-le-tan-collecting-book.html

The illustrator Pierre Le-Tan, himself a passionate collector, wrote about others who shared his habit. Now his book is being published in English.

Photos from Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, Inc.'s post
07/21/2022

Photos from Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, Inc.'s post

Hans von Trotha, author of POLLAK'S ARM, will discuss his acclaimed novel with Georgetown University cultural historian ...
07/20/2022
Death and Immortality:The Gentle Power of Hans von Trotha's "Pollak's Arm" Hans von Trotha and Ori Z Soltes in conversation

Hans von Trotha, author of POLLAK'S ARM, will discuss his acclaimed novel with Georgetown University cultural historian Ori Z Soltes in an online program sponsored by the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, Inc. on Tuesday, July 26, at 12 p.m. Eastern time. Register here for free Zoom event:
https://fritzaschersociety.org/exhibition-event/pollaks-arm/

REGISTER FOR THIS ZOOM EVENT HERE Ludwig Pollak (Prague 1868-1943 Auschwitz) was an extraordinary connoisseur of antiquities--an Austro-Hungarian Jew whose path into academia was impeded by his religion, but who settled in Rome, where he carved out a unique place for

As one of the world's great cultural events, the Salzburger Festspiele | Salzburg Festival, prepares to open next week, ...
07/15/2022

As one of the world's great cultural events, the Salzburger Festspiele | Salzburg Festival, prepares to open next week, the novel PALACE OF FLIES appears for the first time in English to conjure up the life of the festival's principal founder Hugo von Hofmannsthal in an era of fundamental societal transformation that speaks eloquently to our own. https://newvesselpress.com/books/palace-of-flies/

OF SAINTS AND MIRACLES is "mesmerizing," says Asymptote in a terrific review of Claire Wadie's deft translation of the S...
07/14/2022

OF SAINTS AND MIRACLES is "mesmerizing," says Asymptote in a terrific review of Claire Wadie's deft translation of the Spanish novel by Manuel Astur. "Evoking Borgesian undertones with its inventive, self-aware narration, OF SAINTS AND MIRACLES oscillates between crime fiction, fable, fantasy, and realism ... Poetic and magical ... Astur’s language is meticulous and vivid."

https://www.asymptotejournal.com/blog/2022/07/11/whats-new-in-translation-july-2022/

An interview with The Italian Review about New Vessel Press, the challenges of 21st century book publishing—"gold and no...
07/08/2022
A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL Z. WISE | The Italian Review

An interview with The Italian Review about New Vessel Press, the challenges of 21st century book publishing—"gold and not tin"—Sergei Lebedev, Anna Maria Ortese, Marina Jarre ... , new media, the art of cover design, and nostalgic urbanism.
https://www.theitalianreview.com/a-conversation-with-michael-z-wise/

When thinking about international publishing, there are many questions we should ask ourselves: how is cultural work changing in the world? Will the publishing world be able to respond to the multiplicity of stimuli from which it is overwhelmed every day? What will the role of the publisher be in th...

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Books to add to your reading list from Autofocus, Coach House Books, EastOver Press, New Vessel Press, Etruscan Press, Nightboat Books, Four Way Books, Acre Books & more!
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Centro Primo Levi, New Vessel Press, and Rizzoli Bookstore invite you to celebrate the virtual launch of POLLAK'S ARM, with author Hans von Trotha in conversation with Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David I. Kertzer, moderated by Alessandro Cassin. POLLAK'S ARM is an enthralling work of historical fiction for lovers of Rome and the world of antiquity, centered on one of the greatest masterpieces of all time.

Join us on February 17:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pollaks-arm-by-hans-von-trotha-virtual-event-tickets-230483942677
Admiring these artistic beauties from New Vessel Press 🌟

THE VANISHED COLLECTION by Pauline Baer de Perignon, trans. Natasha Lehrer (just released this week!)

POLLAK'S ARM by Hans von Trotha, trans. Elisabeth Lauffer (out Feb 15, 2022!)

A FEW COLLECTORS by Pierre Le-Tan, trans. Michael Z. Wise (forthcoming April 5, 2022!)
New this week! THE VANISHED COLLECTION by Pauline Baer de Perignon. New Vessel Press
Find the book online here: https://www.thecountrybookshop.biz/book/9781939931986
Please join us in celebrating—and reading—these books published by indie presses in January 2022, including from Regal House Publishing, Zephyr Press, New Vessel Press, Coolest Stories Press, Copper Canyon Press & more!
"Pauline Baer De Perignon’s sto­ry reck­ons with the last­ing effect of the Holo­caust on famil­ial lega­cy and prop­er­ty." THE VANISHED COLLECTION, out next week, is a mesmerizing search for art and truth. Read our review here. 👉https://bit.ly/3pDGZXf (New Vessel Press)
Don’t miss this fascinating virtual talk on Old Master authentication between Philippe Costamagna and Michael Z. Wise!

Taking place November 9, the conversation will be hosted by the The National Arts Club and American Friends of the Louvre.

Author Philippe Costamagna will discuss his book “The Eye: An Insider's Memoir of Masterpieces, Money, and the Magnetism of Art,” which lifts the veil on the labyrinth-like process behind the discovery and authentication of Old Master artworks.

Costamagna will give us a rare insider’s perspective on the circle of experts and connoisseurs devoted to this prestigious task. A specialist in 16th-century Italian painting and director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Ajaccio, Corsica, he will be joined by Michael Z. Wise, co-founder of New Vessel Press, the imprint behind the newly released publication.

(https://www.eventbrite.com/e/authentication-and-discovery-of-old-master-artworks-registration-190513861087 )
In translation: "This singular autobiography unfurls from author Marina Jarre’s native Latvia during the 1920s and ’30s and expands southward to the Italian countryside. In distinctive writing as poetic as it is precise, Jarre depicts an exceptionally multinational and complicated family: her elusive, handsome father—a Jew who perished in the Holocaust; her severe, cultured mother—an Italian Lutheran who translated Russian literature; and her sister and Latvian grandparents. Jarre tells of her passage from childhood to adolescence, first as a linguistic minority in a Baltic nation and then in traumatic exile to Italy after her parents’ divorce. Jarre lives with her maternal grandparents, French-speaking Waldensian Protestants in the Alpine valleys southwest of Turin, where she finds fascist Italy a problematic home for a Riga-born Jew. This memoir—likened to Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov or Annie Ernaux’s The Years and now translated into English for the first time—probes questions of time, language, womanhood, belonging and estrangement, while asking what homeland can be for those who have none, or many more than one." New Vessel Press
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