This week marks one of the biggest events in this publishing year: Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl is finally here in all of its glory. Translated from the German by Damion Searls and published by NYRB Classics, this is the best book I've read this year (and I'm still reading it!).
Robert Aickman is a master of the strange short story. NYRB Classics has just released a collection of 15 of his stories, entitled Compulsory Games.
Elizabeth Hardwick, who was one of the initial founders of The New York Review of Books, wrote essays and criticism for half a century. NYRB Classics has released a hearty collection of her best.
In the late 1930s, Jean Giono worked to translated Herman Melville's Moby-Dick into French for the first time. To accompany the new edition, Giono provided a strange, fictional introduction to Melville the man, instead giving us a lovely look at Melville our imagined author.
Trevor looks at Richard Stern's Other Men's Daughters, a complicated and often frustrating look at late 1960s New England from a decidedly 1970s perspective.
Sitting unpublished for over 100 years, Arthur Schnitzler's Late Fame is a welcome exploration of the doors that shut as time passes onward. Published by NYRB Classics this week, Trevor highly recommends it in this review.
Trevor reviews Henry Greens second novel, 1929's Living, a supreme novel of high British modernism.
Trevor reviews Leonora Carrington's account of her mental breakdown and institutionalization in Spain during World War II, Down Below.
Trevor reviews Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's The Return of Munchausen, translated from the Russian by Joanne Turnbull.