Posts Tagged ‘NYRBs’

I am travelling tomorrow, which means bookstore trawling, which means new possibilities in my neverending search for NYBR Classics. I do not as yet have problems remembering what I own (good visual memory as much as anything) but I live in morbid terror of buying a duplicate. And because I cannot bear typing on my intelligent telephone but can easily access a website through it, this is the best way to have, in pocket, a list that will be easy to update alphabetically.

  • Wish Her Safe at Home, Baxter
  • The Horse’s Mouth, Carey
  • Herself Surprised, Carey
  • To Be a Pilgrim, Carey
  • The Invention of Morel, Casares
  • Love in a Fallen City, Chang
  • The Pure and Impure, Colette
  • The Vet’s Daughter, Comyns
  • The Family Mashber, Der Nister
  • The Dud Avocado, Dundy
  • The Awful Mess on the Via Merulana, Gadda
  • Pages from the Goncourt Journals, de Goncourt
  • Life and Fate, Grossman
  • Seduction and Betrayal, Hardwick
  • The Go-Between, Hartley
  • A High Wind in Jamaica, Hughes
  • The Wooden Shepherdess, Hughes
  • A Journey Round My Skull, Karinthy
  • An African in Greenland, Kpomassie
  • The Adventures of Sinbad, Krudy
  • The Letter Killer’s Club, Krzizhanovsky
  • The Balkan Trilogy,  Manning
  • Walkabout, Marshall
  • Amsterdam Stories, Nescio
  • Unforgiving Years, Serge
  • Alfred and Guinevere, Schuyler
  • The Ice Trilogy, Sorokin
  • Angel, Taylor
  • The Slynx, Tolstaya
  • An Ermine in Czernopol, von Rezzori
  • Mr. Fortune’s Maggot, Warner
  • The Thirty Years War, Wedgewood
  • To the Finland Station, Wilson
  • Chess Story, Zweig

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bookish paraphernalia

  • The Best Translated Book Awards longlist has been announced! As usual, I haven’t read any of them, but a couple have been on The List, and most of the rest are being added promptly. French is heavily represented, which I’ll have to look into–I’m not wild about contemporary fiction from France, but have enjoyed what I’ve read from other various French-speaking countries. V. excited to see two new-to-me Polish writers on the list–I’ve been wanting to explore Polish literature beyond its poetry.
  • New things:  the new Zadie Smith has a cover and I like it, maybe; it looks to me like there might be some cut-out layering going on here which is aesthetically pleasing but difficult to shelve at work without horrible tearing. I don’t always love or even like Smith’s fiction but am convinced that she and I could be BFFs and so I will certainly read this. I hope it’s genre–I seem to recall a statement from her saying she was going to explore genre, but I can’t find it now so maybe I’m just being wishful. New Junot Diaz–I was excited until I saw it was short stories, sigh. (Beleaguered Internet, you will quickly become impatient with my denigration of the short story.) AND, best of all, the sequel to Wolf Hall is coming so soon! It has a cover! A cover that I strongly dislike–it doesn’t go with Wolf Hall‘s design at all, and the purple + yellow combination is distracting and silly and not in the least foreboding as it should be–but still.
  • An “expose” on what it’s like to work at one of amazon’s shipping centers, via amazon watchdogs extraordinaire, mobylives. Apparently they’re evil and it sucks…? Though I can’t imagine anyone naive enough to think that picking items for online shipping would be a cushy, low-stress job with minimal physical wear and tear, so the import of this is quite debatable.
  • This is a few days late and I have no idea how long it will last, but NYRB Classics is doing a winter sale–50% off select titles. This is extremely fortuitous for me:  I was just coveting The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns after reading the beguiling Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead a few weeks ago and lo! what should be included in the sale but this same book!? Clearly this is fate.

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