Since Brian and I have been having a hard time getting together to record our podcast with any regularity, I’ve decided to use the space I’m paying for to do a bit of a side-show (we will continue to do our episodes on NYRB Classics).

It’s a bit of an experiment, so I’m going to need your feedback to let me know how to tweak it . . . or whether to scrap it entirely. It’s a short segment meant to draw attention to forthcoming books that I think look interesting. While we try to cover as many of these as possible with written reviews, we cannot cover them all, so this hopefully supplements that. I’m planning on doing the show fortnightly, so this first episode covers the first two weeks of 2015.

It will be especially beneficial if you jump in and send me an email every now and again about the books I cover that you’ve read. I’d love to read your thoughts on the show.

But, on to this show.

Here are the books for the first two weeks of January (and a few in December since these weeks are slow).

A Useless ManA Useless Man: Selected Stories, by Sait Faik Abasiyanik
Translated from the Turkish by Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe
Archipelago Books
Publication Date: January 6, 2015

See the Archipelago Books publicity page here.

The Hollow LandThe Hollow Land, by Jane Gardam
Europa Editions
Publication Date: January 6, 2015

See the Europa Editions publicity page here.

TristanaTristana, by Benito Pérez Galdós
Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa
NYRB Classics
Publication Date: December 2014

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.

Midnight in the CenturyMidnight in the Century, by Victor Serge
Translated from the French by Richard Greeman
NYRB Classics
Publication Date: December 2014

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.

CaptivesCaptives, by Norman Manea
Translated from the Romanian by Jean Harris
New Directions
Publication Date: December 2014

See the New Directions publicity page here.

Subtly WordedSubtly Worded and Other Stories, by Teffi
Translated from the Russian by Robert Chandler and Anne Marie Jackson
Pushkin Press
Publication Date: December 2014

See the Pushkin Press publicity page here.

Texas the Great TheftTexas: The Great Theft, by Carmen Boullosa
Translated from the Spanish by Samantha Schnee
Deep Vellum Publishing
Publication Date: December 2014

See the Deep Vellum Publishing publicity page here.

If you have read or read any of these books, please let me know! Send me an email or comment below — I’d love to share your thoughts on future episodes.

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By |2015-01-19T14:41:34-04:00January 5th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|6 Comments


  1. Lee Monks January 5, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Captives sounds particularly interesting, Trevor – a subject little explored in fiction as far as I’m aware.

    Kazuo Ishiguro coming up soonish…could be a good prelude podcast to that with a brief glance backwards also?

  2. Trevor Berrett January 5, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Yep, he’s coming in March. I’m a bit afraid for him — expectations have built up quite a bit during the past decade! I, for one, am excited but scared it will disappoint . . .

  3. herblevy January 5, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Texas: The Great Theft is a wonderful book, telling its story through a kaleidoscope of vignettes focusing on many of the colorful people on both sides of the shifting borders of Texas-Mexico in the mid-1800s. Some readers may be turned off by the many shifts in the story-telling, but I thought it was a lot of fun.

    I’m looking forward to reading some of the other books you talk about, too.

  4. patrickmurtha January 6, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I really like both the idea and the execution here. I’ll certainly be listening to future installments. By the way, there was a very appreciative review of “Tristana” at seraillon:

  5. Trevor Berrett January 6, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks for the feedback. I’m also grateful to those who have sent me emails with suggestions and the like (feel free to keep them coming!).

    herblevy, I’ll let people know about your thoughts on Texas in the next episode. I really think, if it works out, that listener comments will help the show out a lot.

    Thanks for the link, Patrick. I will also look for appreciative reviews to cite, especially of books I haven’t had a chance to read yet.

    I’m excited about this, and always open to suggestions about how to make it work more for those interested.

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