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yah--Warlock by Oakley Hall and Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick are favorites of mine

Mr. Que, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:34 (thirteen years ago) link

I'll have to check those out.

Le présent se dégrade, d'abord en histoire, puis en (Michael White), Friday, 24 July 2009 15:36 (thirteen years ago) link

yes i always take note of the books these guys put out--they tend to be good and all that ive read so far have had excellent introductions or forewords or afterwords or whatever

max, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:36 (thirteen years ago) link

also this sounds dumb but the paper they use is really nice--the pages don't fade like other trade paperbacks. also, the font they use is easy to read. totally stupid stuff, but these books are really well made.

Mr. Que, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:37 (thirteen years ago) link


^^ i picked this one up at the bookstore the other day and ended up reading almost half of it, really amazing

max, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Just enjoyed reading this one http://www.nybooks.com/shop/product?usca_p=t&product_id=7959. I managed to avoid contact with any plot summary beforehand. If you click on the link and the cover looks interesting, click right back to here and avoid reading the synopsis.

Horace Silver Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 July 2009 15:45 (thirteen years ago) link

but these books are really well made.

Not totally stupid. I'm not in publishing or anything but I read a healthy number of books and the fact that one new (to me, of course) house was putting out or re-publishing so many books that I enjoyed struck me as, if nothing else, good business. Reprints can't be all that expensive to get the rights to, the forwards are not inane nor spoiler-filled, the covers, font, and general quality are excellent. I don't mean to make a huge deal out of it but when a boutique-y place like this has provided me such pleasure, I figured I'd just see if anyone else liked them, too.

Le présent se dégrade, d'abord en histoire, puis en (Michael White), Friday, 24 July 2009 15:47 (thirteen years ago) link

i think i posted this cover on the moomin thread, but i will do so again. i would like a print of this.


caek, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:48 (thirteen years ago) link

i have complained elsewhere that the john collier collection is among the worst books i have bought new in the past decade in terms of print quality and readability. typographically the forward is ok but looks like it was printed on a cheap laser printer. i assume this is how the other NYRB books look. but the content itself is awful. looks like they xeroxed a second hand copy (which is probably not far from the truth).

caek, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:50 (thirteen years ago) link

I've bought a bunch of these that I still haven't got around to including the L.P. Hartley trilogy, a Patrick Hamilton and one of those Corvo books. Oh yeah, and the Dud Avocado.

Horace Silver Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 July 2009 15:53 (thirteen years ago) link

but the content itself is awful

the appearance of the content, i mean. the stories are great.

caek, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:53 (thirteen years ago) link

(if a little racist)

caek, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:53 (thirteen years ago) link

i think a lot of them--and this seems to be true of a lot of smaller (and i assume poorer) boutique and academic publishers like verso--seem to just re-use the same type setting as whatever the last edition was, which can lead to v jarring differences in font, spacing, layout etc., among books ostensibly in the same series

max, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:56 (thirteen years ago) link

I love them. They are my favourite classics publishing house by some way. They are nice to look at and often to read, and just have the most interesting titles. Some random favourites: The Glass Bees, The Invention of Morel, The Lore and language of Schoolchildren, A Month in the Country, all that Simenon. But I'd have to look at my shelves. Oh - the Notebooks of Joseph Joubert. And yes, Tim Robinson, absolutely. And Kaputt!

(Londoners: generally a lot of NYRB remainders upstairs in the Gower St. Waterstone's)

woofwoofwoof, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:59 (thirteen years ago) link

thanks for the tip

caek, Friday, 24 July 2009 16:01 (thirteen years ago) link

i read the invention of morel and was not really feelin it tbh

max, Friday, 24 July 2009 16:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Really? THat's too bad. Love that one and The Glass Bees.

Good point about the jarring fonts of others. Also good point by M. White about the forewords and afterwords.

Horace Silver Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:03 (thirteen years ago) link

One publishing house that I've gone off is Europa Editions. They've got some good Italian stuff, but a lot of what they put out is just kind of Euro-bestsellers with some dusting of intellectual pretension.

Horace Silver Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Been meaning to read That Awful Mess, but I'm afraid it will just go on the shelf next to the others I've gotta get around to.

Horace Silver Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:09 (thirteen years ago) link


I liked Morel a lot a few years ago - for me got the mix of reality-twisting oddness and 19th-century Stevenson-y island adventure about right (ie it worked as middle-distance Borges), but I think I was moping about unobtainable women at the time so I might find it a bit less appealing now.

Haven't got more than a few pages into his one about a dog though.

woofwoofwoof, Friday, 24 July 2009 16:12 (thirteen years ago) link

I enjoyed 'The Awful Mess...', but from what I gather, it's what Bierce disdainfully referred to as 'novel in dialect' - apparently Gaddo captured Roman slang really, really well though how you would translate that is a complete mystery to me.

Is 'Morel' by Bioy Casares? Wasn't he pals w/Borges or something?

Le présent se dégrade, d'abord en histoire, puis en (Michael White), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes, they were great mates I believe. Also collaborated with him on some stories. So Morel being Borges-y is very understandable, but I meant it's successful in that - doesn't seem like a rip, seems to be synthesising the same stuff well over a different length.

woofwoofwoof, Friday, 24 July 2009 16:23 (thirteen years ago) link

borges wrote an intro to morel, that i believe is included in the NYRB edition

i was disappointed by morel in part because it was recommended to me very highly--it had the borgesian plot mechanics w/out the economy of style that makes borges so gripping; i felt like the man himself could have done the same thing twice as well in half as many pages

max, Friday, 24 July 2009 16:25 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, that is Borges' forte, isn't it?

Le présent se dégrade, d'abord en histoire, puis en (Michael White), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:44 (thirteen years ago) link

i would read all these nyrb books.

seriously, they all look appealing to me. of the ones i've seen.

scott seward, Friday, 24 July 2009 18:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, that is Borges' forte, isn't it?

Indeed. He could have done it infinitely better with no pages.

Horace Silver Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 July 2009 18:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Warlock by Oakley Hall

^^^ i think this may be the only one of these i read but it was dope. oh - looking ive also read the stephen leacock nonsense novels, which was okay.

here comes the slug line (Lamp), Friday, 24 July 2009 18:47 (thirteen years ago) link

For those who enjoyed Morel, I also recommend his similarly Wells-ian Plan of Escape. His later stuff I don't like too much.

Horace Silver Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 July 2009 18:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, Michael, I really liked The Dud Avacado -- you recommend the other Dundy as well?

It's true, these things have always looked a cut above, from the get-go.

nabisco, Friday, 24 July 2009 20:33 (thirteen years ago) link

Cesare Pavese - The Moon and the Bonfire

Really on the WILL WILL read: Victor Serge - The Unforgiving Years, and Henry De Montherlant

As for the Gadda - The 'mess' is part of the point and integral, but this seems amplified by the almost impossible job of translation of those linguistic puns! Still it does hold its fascination and the guy has written widely on a range of topics. I really hope that bringing this translation out will mean more novels and writings to come in English, but I do fear it was the wrong book of his to bring out, as much as I liked it.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 24 July 2009 20:36 (thirteen years ago) link

I really liked The Dud Avacado -- you recommend the other Dundy as well?

Yes! Unfortunately it's in England as opposed to France but the plot is neater and the ending far superior to the ending of TDA, which I found a little artlessly abrupt. You can tell that Dundy is more grown-up or something. It's a hoot.

I find Montherlant rather depressing. His prose is rather gorgeous in French but he's such a bitter misogynist.

I seriously, like scott seward, would read almost all of these (except for the translations from the French) but the one that's next for me is probably Zweig's 'The Post-Office Girl'.

It's a posthumous novel, just now translated into English and it's a 2009 PEN Translation Prize Finalist. Also, I just love Zweig.

Le présent se dégrade, d'abord en histoire, puis en (Michael White), Friday, 24 July 2009 20:45 (thirteen years ago) link

yah the zweig u linked sounds fantastic

here comes the slug line (Lamp), Friday, 24 July 2009 20:49 (thirteen years ago) link

turn yr zweig on

max, Friday, 24 July 2009 21:01 (thirteen years ago) link

The Post Office Girl is, indeed, fantastic. I love NYRB--beautiful books, and most of those I've read have been great.

When two tribes go to war, he always gets picked last (James Morrison), Saturday, 25 July 2009 02:40 (thirteen years ago) link

wasn't there a thread on this before?

i have read and enjoyed:

the Joyce Cary trilogy - Herself Surprised/The Horse's Mouth/To be A Pilgrim
Darcy O'Brien - A Way of Life Like Any Other
J.F. Powers - Morte D'Urban
Georges Simenon - Three Bedrooms In Manhattan

velko, Saturday, 25 July 2009 09:14 (thirteen years ago) link

oh yeah, High Wind In Jamaica - Richard Hughes too

and i have The Go-Between on my shelf,bought it a few years ago and forgot it so I will start that in the next couple of weeks

velko, Saturday, 25 July 2009 09:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Darcy O'Brien - A Way of Life Like Any Other

Seconding this. But don't make the same mistake I did and read his true crime books afterward. Which are well written, but will give you unpleasant heebie jeebies for a long time after reading.

Horace Silver Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 25 July 2009 12:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick
Seconding this one too. Will take this opportunity to recommend Great Granny Webster by Caroline Blackwood. I think they've got another one by her as well.

Horace Silver Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 25 July 2009 12:24 (thirteen years ago) link

i really like the thing mentioned upthread, where the typesetting is a slightly wonky copy of the previous edition's. it's nice to have that reminder of er the history of the book you're reading as a series of previous physical objects


their children's books are occasionally quite gorgeous; i bought this for my nephew and never actually gave it to him


thomp, Saturday, 25 July 2009 15:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Didn't Buzzati write 'The Tartar Steppe'?

Le présent se dégrade, d'abord en histoire, puis en (Michael White), Saturday, 25 July 2009 17:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Think it was called The Desert of The Tartars but yeah, that's the same guy.

Found another one to recommend: The Waste Books by George Chistoph Lichtenberg. Perhaps will post some cherce nuggets in the near future.

Found a bunch more I've purchased but never gotten round to reading. It's a little depressing. Ah, M. White! Ah, humanity!

Horace Silver Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 25 July 2009 22:41 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...


!!!!! these dudes have been str8 killing it w/east european translation l8ly

also nice that they put out that mavis gallant collection - penguin canada had a slim and pretty collection of eight stories that i have but this one seems tighter and better chosen also bought memoirs of an anti-semite, vladimir sorkin's ice and the chrysalids (lol)

as the hart pants after the water brooks even so my blashphemous soul (Lamp), Wednesday, 23 September 2009 09:34 (thirteen years ago) link

That's just up my alley

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 20:48 (thirteen years ago) link

Memoirs of an Anti-Semite and The Chrysalids are arse-kickingly good. Must read Memories of the Future!

When two tribes go to war, he always gets picked last (James Morrison), Wednesday, 23 September 2009 23:43 (thirteen years ago) link

i would like to read memoirs of an anti-semite. i have a couple of these on my shelf that i haven't read (because they're on my shelf...). they're very pretty!

steamed hams (harbl), Wednesday, 23 September 2009 23:46 (thirteen years ago) link

I have been enjoying some of those mid-century novels of the American left, which I barely knew existed: "Clark Gifford's Body" by Kenneth Fearing; "The Unposessed" by Tess Schlesinger; "What's For Dinner" by James Schuyler, that Lionel Trilling novel, all variously fine, I'm sure there were one or two more.

I love publishing houses I can trust when I'm not sure whether to take a punt or not. I recently took a punt on "The Ten Thousand Things" by Maria Dermout, and I was pleased I did. It ended up reminding me of "Sleepless Nights" by E. Hardwick herself, which is somewhere near where we came in.

It's costing me money, though: now I want the nice NYRB editions not inferior editions from elsewhere. Time was I'd have been very pleased to pick up the Virago copy of "The Old Man And Me" available for pennies off Amazon...

Tim, Thursday, 24 September 2009 13:19 (thirteen years ago) link

After reading Stephen Vizinczey's review of The Death of My Brother Abel I don't plan to read anything by von Rezzori.

alimosina, Thursday, 24 September 2009 19:20 (thirteen years ago) link

haha that's funny because i got memoirs out today. but it was the viking edition :(

steamed hams (harbl), Thursday, 24 September 2009 19:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Really good turn for these guys to give away some of the essays for free -- really enjoyed reading Toni Morrison on Camara Laye.

Right now I really want to have a look at the Walser short story collection. Really.

One slight negative => Let me suggest the way its bound/the design of the books doesn't quite suit anything over 250 pages. But I speak as someone who has not given an awful lot of thought to the way books are designed.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 21:28 (thirteen years ago) link

If the magazine shuts down it may take nyrb publishing with it. It doesn't really matter, its not like its a huge derail.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 17 September 2018 10:00 (four years ago) link

”It was unclear if Mr. Buruma resigned or was fired. He did not respond to a phone call and email seeking comment.” https://t.co/fyBrhZI8Oy

— Davey Alba (@daveyalba) September 19, 2018

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 19:50 (four years ago) link

being discussed here Book Reviews? LRB vs the failing New York Review of Books vs ... ?

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 19:57 (four years ago) link

ah thanking you

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 20:04 (four years ago) link

If the magazine shuts down it may take nyrb publishing with it. It doesn't really matter, its not like its a huge derail.

― xyzzzz__, Monday, September 17, 2018 6:00 AM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i think publishing would survive

flopson, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 21:36 (four years ago) link

It would, but i would be sad. NYRB books are great.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 23:30 (four years ago) link

Think maybe I’d better get me a copy of Moderan before they go under.

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 20 September 2018 01:06 (four years ago) link

Mine just arrived today. It has a LOT of stories--contents list is 3p long--for a 320p book.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Thursday, 20 September 2018 02:16 (four years ago) link

A great NYRB book:


the pinefox, Thursday, 20 September 2018 12:27 (four years ago) link

Their sci-fi selections in general are few and eclectic but very high-quality.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 21 September 2018 00:43 (four years ago) link

Among which is the ILBeloved Inverted World

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 21 September 2018 00:46 (four years ago) link

three months pass...


mookieproof, Friday, 4 January 2019 16:15 (four years ago) link

one month passes...


good new interview with leonard gardner about "fat city"

na (NA), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 22:50 (four years ago) link

thanks. really loved that one

flopson, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 23:34 (four years ago) link

btw someone wrote a biography of john williams, author of noted ILB text 'stoner'


mookieproof, Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:36 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Since this seems to be the de facto John Williams thread:


o. nate, Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:27 (four years ago) link

Too many good lines to quote from that interview. Mrs Williams seems like a very cool lady.

o. nate, Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:34 (four years ago) link

a dissent

Novelist John Williams is enjoying a bit of a revival. There’s just one problem: his books are not good. https://t.co/ZSomxtafwt

— The Baffler (@thebafflermag) February 22, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 22 February 2019 16:42 (four years ago) link

counterpoint: i've read all of his books, they're fuckin good

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 February 2019 17:03 (four years ago) link

His books are also misogynistic. Women in his novels are frigid, they are bitches, they are, usually, stupid; at their best, they are a liability

ctrl+f "augustus" "julia"

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 February 2019 17:05 (four years ago) link

His newfound popularity has also coincided—again, not surprisingly—with the fetishization of the book as an object. This kind of book-fervor is a few years old now, but as the recent backlash to Marie Kondo’s dry suggestion that most people only need thirty books indicates, it’s far from gone. Books now exist as book-objects; they are written by writers, loved by “book lovers,” made into lists, declared important. As objects they can be staged, as purveyors of relatability they can be used. But there’s a pervasive sense that they aren’t really meant to be read, critically evaluated, hated, or loved.

also weird tangential paragraph talking about something old as if it is new: dud

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 February 2019 17:09 (four years ago) link

actually i've never read nothing but the night but if you have to base the majority of your criticism on a book he disowned then

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 February 2019 17:14 (four years ago) link

I’ve only read Stoner, so I can’t comment on the other books, but I do think that reviewer is getting at something kind of odd about the interior void and fatalism in the character of Stoner, except I guess I thought it was interesting and they hated it.

o. nate, Friday, 22 February 2019 17:16 (four years ago) link

i mean yes the writer definitely approaches the point of the books and says "i don't like the point of these books"; the interiority hinted at but never quite described bc we're just skating over the surface of stoner's actions, the way it suddenly rears up in the otherwise stiff undecorated prose like we've been sucked backwards into a dream state (the scene where he looks through his office window at the snow-covered campus for instance), the way he only seems to come close to approaching himself in (spoiler but... imo it doesn't matter) death

augustus is probably truly his best book bc it breaks out of that third person swinging between stiff observation and dreamy suspended light configurations to dwell richly in character, in the simultaneous performance of identity and narrative that makes up someone's perspective. but the former approach i rarely encounter in books i guess? the tense bridge they walk between intimacy and distance, between the ordinary and the brutal

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 February 2019 17:26 (four years ago) link

anyway i love that the piece admits that augustus might legitimately be good but it never appears again in the piece as if it might compromise the integrity of the argument somehow

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 February 2019 17:29 (four years ago) link

This guy was the Paul Auster of his generation.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 February 2019 18:15 (four years ago) link


mookieproof, Friday, 22 February 2019 18:19 (four years ago) link

NEW YORK – Monday, February 25, 2019 — Rea Hederman, the publisher of The New York Review of Books, announced today that Emily Greenhouse and Gabriel Winslow-Yost have been named co-editors of the magazine, the leading English-language journal of literary criticism and ideas with a worldwide circulation of approximately 150,000. The editors will be joined by longtime contributor Daniel Mendelsohn in the newly created position of editor at large.

mookieproof, Monday, 25 February 2019 16:52 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

ian buruma, still clueless


mookieproof, Friday, 29 March 2019 19:10 (four years ago) link

if you're paywalled, you may be able to get at that by opening this in an incognito window https://t.co/pzRImMAurH

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Friday, 29 March 2019 19:15 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

I'm reading Nothing But the Night. Another fifty pages to go. Augustus and Stoner are superior but not by much.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 May 2019 14:35 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

Great photo of NYRB Classics editor Edwin Frank:


... (Eazy), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 22:46 (three years ago) link


flopson, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:45 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Wonderful achievement for NYRB to bring these out:


xyzzzz__, Friday, 24 January 2020 11:32 (three years ago) link

Definitely! Although I read the less complete but still huge Penguin version years ago and am not strong enough to tackle them a second time.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 24 January 2020 23:34 (three years ago) link

Yeah that vol (tr. John Glad) was great, and it's good to see his poetry mentioned. There are 20/30 pages on the Penguin Russian Poetry that were a revelation to me. We need a solid edition of those poems.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 25 January 2020 10:03 (three years ago) link

Oh man,just now at the library I longread a very appealing deacription of this, with strong support from quotes (fave went with reviewer comment along the lines of "This blow, late in the book, breaks open the cloistered atmosphere and charges it with danger"--something like that! Good set-up, author):
https://www.nyrb.com/products/abigail?variant=14728981020724 Will link review if can get it past paywall, as occasionally happens.

dow, Saturday, 25 January 2020 19:52 (three years ago) link

It's Szabo, it'll be great.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 27 January 2020 06:28 (three years ago) link

four weeks pass...


this is a really fun one

na (NA), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 15:09 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

Asked the question. This is excellent news.

I’ve translated both. The Silentiary will come out from @nyrbclassics in fall 2021, and The Suicides thereafter (no set pub date yet). Thanks for asking! https://t.co/mgqu7qBbpE

— Esther Allen (@estherlallen) November 20, 2020

xyzzzz__, Friday, 20 November 2020 20:15 (two years ago) link

There's a Flash Sale at NYRB publishing right now. 20% off two titles. 30% off three. 40% off four or more.

The Solace of Fortitude (Aimless), Monday, 23 November 2020 04:25 (two years ago) link

i recommend ‘we think the world of you’ by j.r. ackerley off the sale list. ‘inverted world‘ and ‘party going’ are on there too but most ilxors have read those

flopson, Monday, 23 November 2020 06:40 (two years ago) link

Looked at four I wanted however shipping to the UK is pretty much the 40% saving lol

xyzzzz__, Monday, 23 November 2020 10:57 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

Before the pandemic I'd circle my uni library's original printing of Thomas Mann's Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man. Leave it to fucking NYRB to finally release its first paperback edition, like, ever:


I pick up a copy at my local bookstore tomorrow.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 22 May 2021 19:49 (two years ago) link

Is that his ‘Actually, it was me, not Heinrich, who was brave all along? ‘ book?

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 24 May 2021 01:24 (two years ago) link

lol the og 'actually, I was brave and right to support the invasion of Iraq'

one year passes...

What was that in the sky? A flash? Must be the NYRB Classics Summer Flash Sale! Up to 40% off list price. Free shipping on orders of $50 or more within the US. https://t.co/cMPrY3Wl6c pic.twitter.com/kBisVepIxZ

— NYRB Classics (@nyrbclassics) June 30, 2022

deep luminous trombone (Eazy), Monday, 4 July 2022 19:17 (eleven months ago) link

three months pass...

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