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A reminder to beware those overly ardent in their piety this #feneonfriday. 🙏🏼.Félix Fénéon’s ‘Novels in Th...
05/17/2019

A reminder to beware those overly ardent in their piety this #feneonfriday. 🙏🏼
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Félix Fénéon’s ‘Novels in Three Lines’ collects more than a thousand (usually morbid) items that appeared anonymously in the French newspaper ‘Le Matin’ in 1906. Translations by Luc Sante. #felixfeneon #translation #lucsante #overlypious

Tomorrow at Metrograph (7 Ludlow St) at 6:30pm: A rare screening of John Huston's The Red Badge of Courage, the making o...
05/17/2019
The Red Badge of Courage | Metrograph

Tomorrow at Metrograph (7 Ludlow St) at 6:30pm: A rare screening of John Huston's The Red Badge of Courage, the making of which was wonderfully recorded and reported by the great Lillian Ross in Picture. Susan Morrison, an editor at The New Yorker, where Ross was staff writer for many years, will do a post-screening Q&A.

Metrograph is a new Manhattan movie theater devoted to screening archive-quality 35mm prints and new films in state-of-the-art digital projection.

05/15/2019

“Though the Reverend Timothy Fortune had spent three years in the island of Fauna he had made but one convert.” ⛪️
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Sylvia Townsend Warner claimed that the idea for her novella ‘Mr. Fortune’s Maggot’—included in ‘Mr. Fortune’ along with “The Salutation,” a companion story—came to her in “an extremely vivid dream.” Apparently the writing of it was such an intense experience for her that she once found herself dressing for the tropical weather in the book rather than the weather in the streets. Suffice it to say: this is not your usual missionary story. Dark, erotic, and itself dreamlike, this book and its volcanic setting will haunt you. #deepbacklist #🌋

Literally packing our bags for tomorrow’s Press Fest! on the steps of Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, fro...
05/10/2019

Literally packing our bags for tomorrow’s Press Fest! on the steps of Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, from 1-6. Come say hi, pick up a catalog or an issue of @nybooks, and peruse our wares. And of course have a look at all the other great vendors making appearances as well.

In honor of Backlisted Podcast's forthcoming discussion of GB Edwards’s Book of Ebenezer Le Page, we’re offering a s...
05/07/2019
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

In honor of Backlisted Podcast's forthcoming discussion of GB Edwards’s Book of Ebenezer Le Page, we’re offering a special 30% discount (until May 24). Use code “backlisted” here: https://www.nyrb.com/discount/ebenezer?redirect=%2Fproducts%2Fthe-book-of-ebenezer-le-page

Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated, and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late twentieth century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between the coasts of England and France y...

Lace up your corsets, everyone. It’s #feneonfriday. 🔪.Félix Fénéon’s ‘Novels in Three Lines’ collects more...
05/03/2019

Lace up your corsets, everyone. It’s #feneonfriday. 🔪
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Félix Fénéon’s ‘Novels in Three Lines’ collects more than a thousand (usually morbid) items that appeared anonymously in the French newspaper ‘Le Matin’ in 1906. #felixfeneon

LitHub is giving away copies of Lillian Ross's Picture, so do enter. For New Yorkers, John Huston's The Red Badge of Cou...
05/03/2019
Anjelica Huston on Finding Her Father in the Writing of Lillian Ross

LitHub is giving away copies of Lillian Ross's Picture, so do enter. For New Yorkers, John Huston's The Red Badge of Courage—the making and selling of which is the subject of Picture—is playing at Metrograph on Saturday, May 18 at 6:30pm. And if you want more of Anjelica on her dad (and other topics) this interview has been making the rounds: https://www.vulture.com/2019/05/anjelica-huston-in-conversation.html

During his lifetime and after his death, much has been written about my father, John Huston. The stories have abounded, often from first-hand witnesses, working partners, ex-wives, girlfriends, riv…

Tété-Michel Kpomassie got the BBC treatment! Kpomassie is from Togo and as a child became obsessed with Greenland. Too...
05/02/2019
The Arctic African

Tété-Michel Kpomassie got the BBC treatment! Kpomassie is from Togo and as a child became obsessed with Greenland. Took him years to do but he eventually made it and wrote about his experience in the wonderful "An African in Greenland." Watch this video— it's really charming.

Why a West African boy ran away from his village in Togo to live in the Arctic in the 1960s.

Congrats to Damion Searls on winning the Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for his work on Uwe Johnson's Anniversari...
05/01/2019
Searls Takes Home Wolff Translator’s Prize

Congrats to Damion Searls on winning the Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for his work on Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries: A Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl.

Damion Searls, translator of 'Anniversaries' by Uwe Johnson, is the winner of the Goethe-Institut's 2019 Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize.

“I was sent to stay with her two years after the war had ended, but in her house it seemed to be war-time.”  .Caroli...
05/01/2019

“I was sent to stay with her two years after the war had ended, but in her house it seemed to be war-time.”
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Caroline Blackwood’s ‘Great Granny Webster’ a is a little modern gothic gem. The heir to the Guinness fortune (as in 🍺), Blackwood, who was for a long time better known as a beautiful socialite, poured a lot of her own life into this macabre but strangely funny book about a rather monstrous matriarch. Honor Moore calls it “Merchant Ivory from hell,” which is probably all you need to know. It’s short. It’s worth reading this weekend. #deepbacklist #carolineblackwood #guiness #formothersday

An excellent profile of the great Jan Morris in The New York Times. We're very proud to have published Hav and Conundrum...
05/01/2019
The Many Lives of Jan Morris

An excellent profile of the great Jan Morris in The New York Times. We're very proud to have published Hav and Conundrum. From Conundrum:

"To me gender is not physical at all, but is altogether insubstantial. It is soul, perhaps, it is talent, it is taste, it is environment, it is how one feels, it is light and shade, it is inner music, it is a spring in one’s stem or an exchange of glances, it is more truly life and love than any combination of genitals, ovaries and hormones."

It wasn’t until her latest book, “In My Mind’s Eye,” was serialized on BBC that many of her neighbors realized there was a celebrity in their midst.

On sale today! Picture by Lillian Ross—an account of the making of John Huston's Red Badge of Courage. To quote Nick S...
05/01/2019

On sale today! Picture by Lillian Ross—an account of the making of John Huston's Red Badge of Courage. To quote Nick Schenck, head of MGM: “They did the best they could with it. Unfortunately, that sort of thing costs a lot of money.”

We have a special treat in store for #independentbookstoreday: a new NYRB dedicated shelf Bookculture on Columbus. Come ...
04/27/2019

We have a special treat in store for #independentbookstoreday: a new NYRB dedicated shelf Bookculture on Columbus. Come raise a glass in praise of independent bookstores with us at 6 pm today (Saturday 4/27)!

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day. We'll be celebrating at Bookculture on Columbus, with wine and cheese and the unv...
04/26/2019

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day. We'll be celebrating at Bookculture on Columbus, with wine and cheese and the unveiling of a brand new NYRB dedicated shelf. We'd love to see you there at 6 pm!

04/26/2019

Tomorrow is #IndieBookstoreDay and we'll be celebrating at Bookculture on Columbus (450 Columbus Ave. btw 81st & 82nd). Come say hi around 6pm. We'll be bringing the wine & cheese & good company.

Just sayin’... #margaretcavendish #poetry
04/25/2019

Just sayin’... #margaretcavendish #poetry

“There are two kinds of pity. One, the weak and sentimental kind, which is really no more than the heart’s impatienc...
04/25/2019

“There are two kinds of pity. One, the weak and sentimental kind, which is really no more than the heart’s impatience to be rid as quickly as possible of the painful emotion aroused by the sight of another’s unhappiness....; and the other, the only kind that counts, the unsentimental but creative kind, which knows what it is about and is determined to hold out, in patience and forbearance, to the very limit of its strength and even beyond.” | Stefan Zweig’s ‘Beware of Pity’ is a dark cautionary tale about deceit, boredom, and class. All that and it ends with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Sounds like pretty good spring reading to us. #deepbacklist #austrianliterature #translation

All hail the great Margaret Cavendish. The NYRB Poets collection of her poetry, edited by Michael Robbins, published yes...
04/17/2019

All hail the great Margaret Cavendish. The NYRB Poets collection of her poetry, edited by Michael Robbins, published yesterday. You might have heard of her before: amazing feminist writer, utopian visionary, scientist, and science-fiction pioneer? Ring a bell? 👑

Publishers Weekly gives Grossman's forthcoming Stalingrad a ⭐️: "As a stand-alone novel, this is both gripping and e...
04/15/2019
Fiction Book Review: Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman, trans. from the Russian by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler. New York Review Books, $24.95 trade paper (1,080p) ISBN 978-1-68137-327-0

Publishers Weekly gives Grossman's forthcoming Stalingrad a ⭐️: "As a stand-alone novel, this is both gripping and enlightening, a tour de force. When considered as a whole with Life and Fate, this diptych is one of the landmark accomplishments of 20th-century literature."
http://bit.ly/2GorR9G

Grossman’s epic, sprawling novel from 1952 is a masterpiece of intertwined plots that cascade together in a long sequence of militaristic horror. Grossman (1905–1964), best known for this book’s seque

Happy almost tax day from us, the Instagram account Reading.Thinking, and Barbara Comyns!"When I talked he listened most...
04/12/2019

Happy almost tax day from us, the Instagram account Reading.Thinking, and Barbara Comyns!

"When I talked he listened most intently to every word I said, as if it was very precious. This had never happened to me before, and gave me great confidence in myself, but now I know from experience a lot of men listen like that, and it doesn't mean a thing; they are most likely thinking up a new way of getting out of paying their income-tax."

04/11/2019

Tonight! Translator and @lareviewofbooks executive editor Boris Dralyuk will be reading from and discussing Lev Ozerov’s ‘Portraits Without Frames’ with his co-translator Irina Mashinski, 7pm @mcnallyjackson (SoHo). Come learn about the great unsung hero of the Soviet Union literary scene!

"When Victor Serge died of a heart attack in the back of a Mexico City cab on November 17, 1947, there were said to be h...
04/09/2019
Victor Serge: Indispensable Critic of Leftist Illusion

"When Victor Serge died of a heart attack in the back of a Mexico City cab on November 17, 1947, there were said to be holes in the soles of his shoes. They spoke of the poverty of his last six years in Mexico, but they also symbolized the peripatetic life of this perpetual exile.
But it is a life with lessons, for Serge and his rethinking of socialism and the left have a particular resonance today."
—From Mitch Abidor's article about Victor Serge which ran last month. Abidor is one of two translators of Serge's Notebooks: 1936-47, which goes on sale today and is a great book.

When Victor Serge died of a heart attack in a Mexico City cab in 1947, there were said to be holes in the soles of his shoes. They spoke of the poverty of his last six years in Mexico, but they also symbolized the peripatetic life of this perpetual exile. But it is a life with lessons, for Serge and...

And with this, #feneonfridays makes an exultant return. #couldhavedoneworse 💀.Félix Fénéon’s ‘Novels in Three ...
04/05/2019

And with this, #feneonfridays makes an exultant return. #couldhavedoneworse 💀
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Félix Fénéon’s ‘Novels in Three Lines’ collects more than a thousand (usually morbid) items that appeared anonymously in the French newspaper ‘Le Matin’ in 1906. #felixfeneon

"Underlying all of Walzer’s prose, you can sense a quiet, unwavering confidence in the power of face-to-face relations...
04/04/2019
What The New Left Could Learn From The Old Left

"Underlying all of Walzer’s prose, you can sense a quiet, unwavering confidence in the power of face-to-face relationships, a faith in the local that’s becoming increasingly rare among political thinkers in the age of the super PAC." — Jackson Arn on Michael Walzer's Political Action: A Practical Guide to Movement Politics

This may be the least exciting book ever written about taking to the streets, but I don’t mean that as an insult.

Great list of books on and about Prague from Lorraine Berry and Read it Forward, includes Bohumil Hrabal's Dancing Lesso...
04/01/2019
Books That Celebrate Prague | | Books on Prague

Great list of books on and about Prague from Lorraine Berry and Read it Forward, includes Bohumil Hrabal's Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age and Salka Viertel's The Kindness of Strangers.

After reading any of these books on Prague, don’t be surprised if visiting the capital city of the Czech Republic goes to the top of your bucket list. Or if you can't get there, these reads will serve as an instant air ticket to Prague.

03/30/2019

What you see is all we have left here at #awp19. Stop by booth 3043 while we still have books! #goodbooks

We’re at AWP! Come see us at booth #3043. We’ve got discounted books, a raffle, and free copies of the current issue...
03/28/2019

We’re at AWP! Come see us at booth #3043. We’ve got discounted books, a raffle, and free copies of the current issue of @nybooks. We’re pretty friendly, too. #awp19 #pleasevisit @ Oregon Convention Center

"In the mid-1990s, literature departments all around the world, including India, had suddenly grown nervous about litera...
03/27/2019
The Deeply Unserious, Important Work of Amit Chaudhuri - Los Angeles Review of Books

"In the mid-1990s, literature departments all around the world, including India, had suddenly grown nervous about literature, or certainly about the 'literary'....Chaudhuri’s writing, on the other hand, is grounded in explorations of the sensuous, the emotional, the affective — it refuses to give any of the old professorial subjects center stage or speak about them in a stentorian voice."

Sumana Roy on the joy and influence of Amit Chaudhuri's work.

A  🌟 from @PublishersWkly for Maxim Osipov's Rock, Paper, Scissors (trans. by Boris Dralyuk & others). This is the fi...
03/22/2019
Fiction Book Review: Rock, Paper, Scissors by Maxim Osipov, trans. from the Russian by Boris Dralyuk, Alexandra Fleming, and Anne Marie Jackson. New York Review Books, $17.95 trade paper (312p) ISBN 978-1-68137-332-4

A 🌟 from @PublishersWkly for Maxim Osipov's Rock, Paper, Scissors (trans. by Boris Dralyuk & others). This is the first time Osipov has been published in English. http://bit.ly/2FqzMSd

Osipov makes his English-language debut with this masterful and sublime collection, largely set in rural Russian villages. In “Moscow-Petrozavodsk” a young doctor is taking the 14-hour trip from Mosco

This just in: galleys of Vasily Grossman’s Stalingrad, translated from the Russian by Robert Chandler & Elizabeth Chan...
03/21/2019

This just in: galleys of Vasily Grossman’s Stalingrad, translated from the Russian by Robert Chandler & Elizabeth Chandler (available in bookstores this June!)

On sale today: ‘Uncertain Manifesto’ by Frédéric Pajak. A memoir and a meditation on the life and ideas of Walter ...
03/19/2019

On sale today: ‘Uncertain Manifesto’ by Frédéric Pajak. A memoir and a meditation on the life and ideas of Walter Benjamin, this book combines Pajak’s words and moody black-and-white illustrations to create a mysterious world full of—as Pajak writes in the preface—“memories, maxims, ghosts, forgotten heroes, trees, and the raging sea.” Read more here: https://www.nyrb.com/products/the-unsure-manifesto?variant=6992809263156

Keep your pitchforks down on your way home this #feneonfriday. 👩‍🌾⚡️👨‍🌾.Félix Fénéon’s ‘Novel...
03/15/2019

Keep your pitchforks down on your way home this #feneonfriday. 👩‍🌾⚡️👨‍🌾
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Félix Fénéon’s ‘Novels in Three Lines’ collects more than a thousand (usually morbid) items that appeared anonymously in the French newspaper ‘Le Matin’ in 1906. #felixfeneon #quittintime #⚡️

Duchess, Fascist, pinko, Nazi, bright young thing—get to know the Mitford sisters. (You can find books by the pinko, t...
03/15/2019
No One Betrays You Like Your Sister

Duchess, Fascist, pinko, Nazi, bright young thing—get to know the Mitford sisters. (You can find books by the pinko, the duchess, and the bright young thing our list of books published.)

In 1940, Nancy Mitford helped send her sister, Diana, to prison. Or at least, she tried—the British government probably didn’t need the additional testimony, but she gave it, anyway.

In this week's The New Yorker, Leo Robson takes a deep dive into the fortunes of American literary style in the last hal...
03/14/2019
John Williams and the Canon That Might Have Been

In this week's The New Yorker, Leo Robson takes a deep dive into the fortunes of American literary style in the last half of the 20th century and considers the work of John Williams, author of Stoner.

A quarter century after his death, his austere, unflashy masterpiece was acclaimed a “perfect novel.” Does it belong to a larger lineage of neglected modern literature?

Cover reveal! We're so pleased to use Françoise Gilot's self-portrait on the cover of her memoir Life with Picasso. Com...
03/08/2019

Cover reveal! We're so pleased to use Françoise Gilot's self-portrait on the cover of her memoir Life with Picasso. Coming this spring.

“If only one knew what to remember or pretend to remember.” | In Elizabeth Hardwick’s ‘Sleepless Nights,’ a wo...
03/06/2019

“If only one knew what to remember or pretend to remember.” | In Elizabeth Hardwick’s ‘Sleepless Nights,’ a woman looks back on her life, reflecting on the people, dreams, hopes, and fears that made her who she is. It’s not quite a novel, not quite fiction, but all 🔥. If you haven’t read this yet, now is the time. And it’s short. #deepbacklist #🔥 #elizabethhardwick #sleeplessnights

“If only one knew what to remember or pretend to remember.” | In Elizabeth Hardwick’s ‘Sleepless Nights,’ a wo...
03/06/2019

“If only one knew what to remember or pretend to remember.” | In Elizabeth Hardwick’s ‘Sleepless Nights,’ a woman looks back on her life, reflecting on the people, dreams, hopes, and fears that made her who she is. It’s not quite a novel, not quite fiction, but all 🔥. If you haven’t read this yet, now is the time. And it’s short. #deepbacklist #🔥 #elizabethhardwick #sleeplessnights

On sale today: 'Max Havelaar: Or, The Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company' by Multatuli, with an introduction b...
03/05/2019

On sale today: 'Max Havelaar: Or, The Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company' by Multatuli, with an introduction by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke and David McKay. This book is a scorching indictment of Dutch colonial rule in Indonesia. https://www.nyrb.com/products/max-havelaar?variant=7056801103924

Have a safe #feneonfriday, everyone. 🍻💀.Félix Fénéon’s ‘Novels in Three Lines’ collects more than a thous...
03/01/2019

Have a safe #feneonfriday, everyone. 🍻💀
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Félix Fénéon’s ‘Novels in Three Lines’ collects more than a thousand (usually morbid) items that appeared anonymously in the French newspaper ‘Le Matin’ in 1906. #felixfeneon #happyhour

"Serge never wavered in his belief that socialism was necessary. Unlike many on the left, both Stalinist and anti-Stalin...
03/01/2019
Victor Serge: Indispensable Critic of Leftist Illusion

"Serge never wavered in his belief that socialism was necessary. Unlike many on the left, both Stalinist and anti-Stalinist, Serge insisted that the nature of socialism had to be rethought."—Mitchell Abidor on Victor Serge, writing in The New York Review of Books Daily. http://bit.ly/2H3TWUt

When Victor Serge died of a heart attack in a Mexico City cab in 1947, there were said to be holes in the soles of his shoes. They spoke of the poverty of his last six years in Mexico, but they also symbolized the peripatetic life of this perpetual exile. But it is a life with lessons, for Serge and...

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