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

Spring surprise: THE MADELEINE PROJECT. Anyone who reads this totally unique volume falls in love. "This extraordinary l...
05/18/2019

Spring surprise: THE MADELEINE PROJECT. Anyone who reads this totally unique volume falls in love. "This extraordinary little book touched me deeply. Part graphic novel, part literary archeology."—Elizabeth Bard, author of Lunch in Paris http://newvesselpress.com/books/the-madeleine-project/ #frenchculture

Our fourth in the Very Christmas series, this collection brings together the best Scandinavian holiday stories including...
05/16/2019

Our fourth in the Very Christmas series, this collection brings together the best Scandinavian holiday stories including classics by Hans Christian Andersen of Denmark; Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf of Sweden, and Norway's Karl Ove Knausgaard. http://newvesselpress.com/books/a-very-scandinavian-christmas/

05/14/2019
Margriet de Moor ENG 10 5 2019

Margriet de Moor on her novel 'Sleepless Night', that was just published by New Vessel Press in English translation by David Doherty.

A woman gets up in the middle of a wintry night and starts baking a Bundt cake while her lover sleeps upstairs. When it’s time for her to take the cake out of the oven, you have read a tale of romance and death. The narrator of this novel was widowed years ago and is trying to find new passion. But the memory of her deceased husband and a shameful incident still holds her in its grasp. Why did he take his own life?

"Why one writes such a book? I don't think a writer can give a meaningful answer to that question. After a book has appeared, the book is no longer mine. Very often I don't even remember the names of my characters anymore. I think that there is a triangular relationship between book, writer and reader. And everyone knows that in a triangular relationship two of the three characters should not meet. When a book is published I think it is the property of the reader, and he can do whatever he wants with it. I myself have often done that as a reader: changed situations, deleted chapters, et cetera. I'm very mild towards the reader. How he wants to interpret that book is entirely his or her business," De Moor says.

05/13/2019

"A beautiful, mysterious and shocking book." Celebrated Dutch author Margriet de Moor talks about SLEEPLESS NIGHT and why she wrote what Books and Bao calls "this affecting story [that] leaves us with, upon its closure, the nervous unease that life doesn’t care about us."

A woman gets up in the middle of a wintry night and starts baking a cake while her lover sleeps upstairs. Watch this boo...
05/13/2019

A woman gets up in the middle of a wintry night and starts baking a cake while her lover sleeps upstairs. Watch this book trailer as author Margriet de Moor explains why she wrote SLEEPLESS NIGHT, a story of romance and death from New Vessel Press.
https://youtu.be/_cEXAU6Fea8

24symbols puts THE GOOSE FRITZ on its Best Books of the Moment: "Lebedev’s latest novel has been received with much en...
05/10/2019

24symbols puts THE GOOSE FRITZ on its Best Books of the Moment: "Lebedev’s latest novel has been received with much enthusiasm by literary critics and readers alike. The family saga spans over two centuries and explores the impact of our ancestors’ decisions on our lives." https://www.24symbols.com/24stories/en/the-best-books-of-the-moment/

In SLEEPLESS NIGHT, Margriet de Moor, master storyteller and one of Europe's foremost novelists, recounts a gripping lov...
05/08/2019

In SLEEPLESS NIGHT, Margriet de Moor, master storyteller and one of Europe's foremost novelists, recounts a gripping love story about endings and demise, rage and jealousy, knowledge and ambiguity―and the possibility of a fresh start. http://newvesselpress.com/books/sleepless-night/

Michael Orthofer at The Complete Review has his cake and reads it too with SLEEPLESS NIGHT. "This sort of small (but aby...
05/06/2019

Michael Orthofer at The Complete Review has his cake and reads it too with SLEEPLESS NIGHT. "This sort of small (but abyss-deep) tale depends very much on the telling, and de Moor does a very fine job...and doesn't force too many answers; love and loss remain mysteries." http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/niederld/moormd.htm

The MADONNA OF NOTRE DAME—a thrilling novel that illuminates shadowy corners of the world's most famous cathedral, she...
05/01/2019

The MADONNA OF NOTRE DAME—a thrilling novel that illuminates shadowy corners of the world's most famous cathedral, shedding light on good and evil with suspense, compassion and wry humor. Available at Run for Cover Bookstore in San Diego, which calls it "excellent ... very à propos."

This excellent book “The Madonna of Notre-Dame” is very à propos. Available at @runforcoverbookstore
#newvesselpress #themadonnaofnotredame #translatedbooks #books #read #bookshelf #indiebookstore #indiesfirst #americanbooksellersassociation #indiebound #runforcoverbookstore

"Ronit Matalon was a giant of Israeli literature: not of the bombast of grand political statements, but rather a master ...
04/30/2019

"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 invites us into a single revealing moment in a family's life ... It's funny, moving and deeply real."―Dara Horn, author of Eternal Life http://newvesselpress.com/books/and-the-bride-closed-the-door/

Ersi Sotiropoulos talks with the Virtual Memories Show about her "wondrous" novel WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT. “It’s ve...
04/29/2019
Episode 318 – Ersi Sotiropoulos

Ersi Sotiropoulos talks with the Virtual Memories Show about her "wondrous" novel WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT. “It’s very important how you say things, because the stories themselves are the same: love, death, sex, betrayal. Since Homer, we repeat the same stories.” http://chimeraobscura.com/vm/episode-318-ersi-sotiropoulos

Virtual Memories Show 318: Ersi Sotiropoulos “It’s very important how you say things, because the stories themselves are the same: love, death, sex, betrayal. Since Homer, we repeat the…

One Grand Books on THE GOOSE FRITZ: "Lebedev deftly weaves a narrative of otherness that has never felt so timely. From ...
04/28/2019
What We're Reading in April

One Grand Books on THE GOOSE FRITZ: "Lebedev deftly weaves a narrative of otherness that has never felt so timely. From the very beginning of the novel, the reader is reminded of what happens when you draw superficial divides between groups of people."
http://onegrandbooks.com/what-were-reading-in-april/

Three very different books with are connected by a concern with identity, from a Russian novel in which a young historian uncovers his complicated German ancestry to a tale of money and privilege in Los Angeles.

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04/27/2019

Support your local independent bookstore today and every day.

Ersi Sotiropoulos discussing her acclaimed novel WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT and the work and life of poet C.P. Cavafy with...
04/25/2019

Ersi Sotiropoulos discussing her acclaimed novel WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT and the work and life of poet C.P. Cavafy with Sam Sacks, literary critic of the Wall Street Journal at the Strand Book Store in NYC. http://newvesselpress.com/books/whats-left-night/

Ersi Sotiropoulos, author of the acclaimed novel WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT discusses her book inspired by the life of poe...
04/23/2019

Ersi Sotiropoulos, author of the acclaimed novel WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT discusses her book inspired by the life of poet C.P. Cavafy with Wall Street Journal literary critic Sam_Sacks at the Strand Book Store in NYC this Wed, April 24, 7 p.m. https://www.strandbooks.com/event/ers-sotiropoulos

Ersi Sotiropoulos, author of the acclaimed novel WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT discusses her book inspired by the life of poe...
04/17/2019

Ersi Sotiropoulos, author of the acclaimed novel WHAT'S LEFT OF THE NIGHT discusses her book inspired by the life of poet C.P. Cavafy with Wall Street Journal literary critic Sam Sacks at the Strand Book Store in NYC on Wed, April 24, 7 p.m. https://www.strandbooks.com/event/ers-sotiropoulos

"The cathedral doors were open all day to those damaged by life, those who couldn’t find their place in a brutal world...
04/15/2019

"The cathedral doors were open all day to those damaged by life, those who couldn’t find their place in a brutal world reserved for the strong, a world they’d been hurled into by an accident of birth, and who, in their search for a bubble of comfort or illusion, had found refuge in this huge church ... who, every morning, as soon as the cathedral opened, would go into the nave, to a chair they’d abandoned the day before, and stay there until evening, impervious to the army of tourists invading the aisles."

"A strong plot and a touching portrayal of how any of us might feel when unexpectedly confronted by the detritus of youn...
04/10/2019

"A strong plot and a touching portrayal of how any of us might feel when unexpectedly confronted by the detritus of young love ... THE 6:41 TO PARIS is a timely reminder that the past is always waiting to ambush us."—The New York Times http://newvesselpress.com/books/the-641-to-paris/

ANIMAL INTERNET, about the dawning of the bestial new world by Alexander Pschera, at the New Museum bookshop in NYC. "Ch...
04/06/2019

ANIMAL INTERNET, about the dawning of the bestial new world by Alexander Pschera, at the New Museum bookshop in NYC. "Charts the new digital frontier in the human-animal relationship ... [An] intriguing book."—The Washington Post http://newvesselpress.com/books/animal-internet/

The Madeleine Project will be the focus of an upcoming exhibition at the Musée d'Histoire de la Vie Quotidienne, France...
04/04/2019

The Madeleine Project will be the focus of an upcoming exhibition at the Musée d'Histoire de la Vie Quotidienne, France's History Museum of Daily Life, from June 15 through Dec. 29. “I opened the book out of curiosity and could not stop reading until the end," says Alan Riding, former correspondent for The New York Times.
http://newvesselpress.com/books/the-madeleine-project/

Having already been applauded by The Wall Street Journal, THE GOOSE FRITZ by Sergey Lebedev wins acclaim from Financial ...
03/30/2019

Having already been applauded by The Wall Street Journal, THE GOOSE FRITZ by Sergey Lebedev wins acclaim from Financial Times for tackling a huge swath of Russian history and its impact on one family over generations. FT's verdict: "COMPELLING," "PACY," "BRAVE AND UNFLINCHING." And "beautifully translated" by Nina Bouis. https://www.ft.com/con…/434b2df2-4b25-11e9-bde6-79eaea5acb64

Stellar Financial Times review for THE GOOSE FRITZ by Sergey Lebedev, his third novel after THE YEAR OF THE COMET and OB...
03/29/2019

Stellar Financial Times review for THE GOOSE FRITZ by Sergey Lebedev, his third novel after THE YEAR OF THE COMET and OBLIVION. "All three are coming-of-age stories driven by sharp awakenings and have been beautifully translated from Russian into English by Antonina W. Bouis (Nina Bouis). Lebedev’s latest is his most ambitious, tackling a huge swath of Russian history — from the beginning of the 19th century up to the present day — while never letting its pacy, compelling narrative flag ... brave and unflinching."
https://www.ft.com/content/434b2df2-4b25-11e9-bde6-79eaea5acb64

Foreword Reviews
03/29/2019

Foreword Reviews

Foreword Reviews Book of the Day
3.29.19
The Goose Fritz
New Vessel Press
"An evocative excursion across more than a century, The Goose Fritz provokes consideration of national identity and the role it plays in sustaining an individual."
https://fwdrv.ws/2HYLSVh

Jhumpa Lahiri has selected Anna Maria Ortese's "A Pair of Eyeglasses," one of the most widely praised Italian stories of...
03/27/2019

Jhumpa Lahiri has selected Anna Maria Ortese's "A Pair of Eyeglasses," one of the most widely praised Italian stories of the 20th century, for The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories. Translated by Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee as part of Ortese's masterful NEAPOLITAN CHRONICLES. http://newvesselpress.com/books/neapolitan-chronicles/

STARRED REVIEW in Publishers Weekly for EXPOSED by Jean-philippe Blondel: "Captivating ... The novel flies by with gentl...
03/25/2019

STARRED REVIEW in Publishers Weekly for EXPOSED by Jean-philippe Blondel: "Captivating ... The novel flies by with gentle humor, but it also poses complex questions about the meaning of art and sexuality, and offers an elegiac look at late middle age ... Irresistible, and the story’s fundamental kindness sets it apart."
https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781939931672

ALLMEN AND THE DRAGONFLIES at Solid State Books in Washington, DC. First of a series of humorous, fast-paced detective n...
03/22/2019

ALLMEN AND THE DRAGONFLIES at Solid State Books in Washington, DC. First of a series of humorous, fast-paced detective novels devoted to a memorable gentleman thief who creates an investigative firm to recover missing precious objects. Sample the ALLMEN series now streaming at MHz Choice https://mhzchoiceblog.com/first-look-allmen/…

Tobias Carroll at Words Without Borders says THE GOOSE FRITZ by Sergey Lebedev, "memorably undermine(s) the clichés of ...
03/21/2019

Tobias Carroll at Words Without Borders says THE GOOSE FRITZ by Sergey Lebedev, "memorably undermine(s) the clichés of the multigenerational family saga. Lebedev’s novel abounds with the sweep of history, but by filtering the experience of several generations through the perspective of one deeply introverted character, he achieves a decidedly intimate take on the form."
https://www.wordswithoutborders.org/dispatches/article/the-watchlist-march-2019-tobias-carroll

SLEEPLESS NIGHT by Margriet de Moor is a "gem."—@brettlikesbooks "Compact, haunting, and lovely ... a treatise on one ...
03/21/2019

SLEEPLESS NIGHT by Margriet de Moor is a "gem."—@brettlikesbooks "Compact, haunting, and lovely ... a treatise on one individual's womanhood."—Kirkus Reviews "Subtle, enigmatic, and beautiful."—Claire Fuller, author of Swimming Lessons and Bitter Orange http://newvesselpress.com/books/sleepless-night/

Introducing ALLMEN, gentleman art thief and protagonist of the bestselling detective series by Swiss author Martin Suter...
03/20/2019

Introducing ALLMEN, gentleman art thief and protagonist of the bestselling detective series by Swiss author Martin Suter. Watch MHz Choice's trailer of ALLMEN AND THE PINK DIAMOND and ALLMEN AND THE DRAGONFLIES and read these European thrillers from New Vessel Press. https://mhzchoiceblog.com/first-look-allmen/?utm_source=MHz+Newsletter&utm_campaign=bba726f3e8-MHzChoice_ALLMEN_Premiere_032019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c489b95fe9-bba726f3e8-281306921&goal=0_c489b95fe9-bba726f3e8-281306921&mc_cid=bba726f3e8&mc_eid=06e9d99c56

Igiaba Scego, author of ADUA, on “The Challenge of Being an Afro-Italian Writer” at Duke University today. ADUA is a...
03/18/2019

Igiaba Scego, author of ADUA, on “The Challenge of Being an Afro-Italian Writer” at Duke University today. ADUA is a searing novel about a young African immigrant's dream of finding freedom in contemporary Rome and the bittersweet legacies of her past. http://newvesselpress.com/books/adua/

Bracing day of popup book sales today on the corner of Broadway and West 75th in NYC, where literate crowds congregate, ...
03/17/2019

Bracing day of popup book sales today on the corner of Broadway and West 75th in NYC, where literate crowds congregate, hungry for good stories from around the globe. #rebookingmanhattan #takingittothestreets #guerrillatacticsforliterature

The Wall Street Journal calls THE GOOSE FRITZ by Sergey Lebedev "Tolstoyan" and among "the most exciting prose works bei...
03/15/2019

The Wall Street Journal calls THE GOOSE FRITZ by Sergey Lebedev "Tolstoyan" and among "the most exciting prose works being translated from Russian today." WSJ critic Sam Sacks says Nina Bouis "has once again delivered a translation of determined, adamantine beauty," noting that this "is the third of Mr. Lebedev’s novels to appear in English, and like its outstanding predecessors, OBLIVION and THE YEAR OF THE COMET, it is occupied by the business of excavation, digging through the strata of the past to bring back buried fragments of national history."

https://www.wsj.com/articles/fiction-in-the-archives-of-personal-history-11552658628

Kirkus Reviews calls EXPOSED by Jean-philippe Blondel—author of THE 6:41 TO PARIS—"radiant" and Patrick Nathan prais...
03/14/2019

Kirkus Reviews calls EXPOSED by Jean-philippe Blondel—author of THE 6:41 TO PARIS—"radiant" and Patrick Nathan praises Blondel's work as “a novel of tender, shy wisdom whose characters remind each other that memory lives in the body, loosened like knots by the right touch." http://newvesselpress.com/books/exposed/

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