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Interesting New Books — 2015

Remember to check back often. This list grows with time.

Note: I try to make this a curated list, taking a variety of factors into account. Just because you don’t see a certain book on this list, it doesn’t mean I think it’s bad.

And also remember, publishers love to change their release dates. These dates are current as of when I tracked down the data.


Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists by Joan Copjec. Jun. 9. Foucault vs Lacan for all-out supremacy.

Salad Anniversary by Machi Tawara (trans Julie Winters Carpenter). June 9. A big deal in Japan, and Julie Winters Carpenter is a great translator.

The One Before by Juan José Saer (trans. Roanne Kantor). Jun 9. The latest from Saer the god. Here are your intros.

Urgency and Patience by Jean-Philippe Toussaint (trans. Edward Gauvin). Jun 16. Toussaint’s essays.

Disagreeable Tales by Léon Bloy (trans Erik Butler). Jun 23. Some pretty terrible things happen.

Newspaper by Edouard Levé (trans. Jan Steyn). Jul 7. Sadly, the last we’ll be hearing from Levé.

Genoa by Paul Metcalf Jul 14. My friend Brad says amazing things about this book. Brad tends to be right about this.

The Book of Feral Flora by Amanda Ackerman. Jul 14. I’m still trying to wrap my head around just what this book is.

The Peach Blossom Fan by K’ung Shang-jen (trans Chen Shih-hsiang). Jul 21. A classic drama written in China at more or less the same time Shakespeare was writing in England. I personally love it that NYRB Classics does this sort of thing.

The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector (trans Katrina Dodson). Aug 4. Every single one of the goddess’s stories—these are straight fire. For your intro to Clarice, go here.

Rock, Paper, Scissors by Naja Marie Aidt (trans. K.E. Semmel) Aug 11. The only novel (so far) by the author of the startling Baboon. (Note: I am paid to promote Baboon.)

Henri Duchemin and His Shadows by Emmanuel Bove (trans. Alyson Waters). Aug 11. Some people on Twitter went pretty wild when I posted the cover of this one. They’re usually right.

‘I’ by Wolfgang Hilbig (tans. Isabel Fargo Cole). Aug 15. Hilbig is definitely one of my 2015 discoveries in translation.

Rechnitz and The Merchant’s Contracts by Elfriede Jelinek (trans Gitta Honegger). Aug. 15. Two of Jelinek’s plays, plus DVDs of performances.

Pedigree by Patrick Modiano (trans. Mark Polizzotti). Aug 25. A memoir by the Nobelist.

Desolation of Avenues Untold by Brandon Hobson. Aug 25. If you like American experimentalism, but don’t like precious pretension, go here.

Morning and Evening by Jon Fosse (trans. Damian Searls) Sept 8. More meditations on life and death from Norway’s Nobel candidate.

The Folly by Ivan Vladislavic. Sep 15. Reading Vladislavic is anything but a folly. Jan Steyn’s essay will explain his greatness to you.

Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila (trans Roland Glasser). Sept 15. Totally nutso novel from the Congo. (Note: I am paid to promote this book.)

TRANS by by Juliet Jacques. Sept 22. The whole story of a life lived in two genders. Came out of the Orwell Prize-nominated column for The Guardian.

Sebald’s Vision by Carol Jacobs. Sept 22. I know as much about this one as you do.

Something For the Pain by Gerald Murnane. Sept. 23. This is being billed as a “memoir.” Reportedly it’s got a lot about horseracing in it.

Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962 – 1972 by Alejandra Pizarnik (trans. Yvette Siegert). Sept 29. An Argentine legend who hasn’t gotten anything near her due in English. Get this.

Vertigo by Joanna Walsh. Oct 1. These stories are intense. I’ve been reading them one at a time with lots of space in between.

The Most Foreign Country by Alejandra Pizarnik (trans Yvette Siegert). Oct 5. For those things in the New Directions Collected, there is Ugly Duckling Presse.

Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives by Karin Wieland (trans. Shelley Frisch) Oct 5. I’m equally fascinated by D and R, but for completely different reasons. And I love film.

Dinner by César Aira (trans Katherine Silver). Oct 6. You all know Aira. If you don’t this is the best intro available.

México20 by various author. Oct 6. I love me some Mexican lit. Just try to ignore the DBC Pierre foreword.

The Sleep of the Righteous by Wolfgang Hilbig (trans. Isabel Fargo Cole). Oct 13. There’s a reason Laszlo Krasznahorkai loves this guy. (Note: I am paid to promote this book.)

Inside the Head of Bruno Schulz by Maxim Biller (trans. Anthea Bell) Oct 13. An absurdist novella with Bruno Schulz as protagonist. Okay.

Zone: Selected Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire (trans. Ron Padgett). Oct 13. Yep.

30 April 1945 by Alexander Kluge (trans. Wieland Hoban). Oct. 15. Very interested to see what Kluge writes about the day Hitler died.

Conversations, Volume 2 by Jorge Luis Borges and Osvaldo Ferrari (trans. Tom Boll). Oct. 15. Interviews with the oracle.

Submission by Michel Houellebecq (trans Lorin Stein). Oct 20. You all know what this is. Muslims take over France democratically.

The Maximalist Novel: From Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow to Roberto Bolano’s 2666 by Stefano Ercolino. Oct. 22. This sounds interesting.

Exemplary Departures by Gabrielle Wittkop (trans Annette David). Oct 27. If you’ve got to go (and we all do) this is the way to do it.

Sonnets by Walter Benjamin (trans Carl Skoggard). Oct 27. I mean, sonnets by Walter Benjamin.

The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson. Oct 27. Great of a novelist as she is, I think Robinson is an equally good essayist.

After the Circus by Patrick Modiano (trans. Mark Polizzotti). Oct 27. More from the latest Nobelist.

Collected Stories by John Barth. Oct 27. A FAT volume of Barth, 5 decades in the making.

The Other Paris by Luc Sante. Oct 27. The Paris the tourists don’t see.

One Out of Two by Daniel Sada (trans. Katherine Silver). Nov 3. If you don’t already, you will one day know and respect the name Daniel Sada. And Katherine Silver is one of the living greats at translating the Spanish language.

Dear Reader by Paul Fournel (trans David Bellos) Nov 3. New from the Oulipo.

Because She Never Asked by Enrique Vila-Matas and (trans. Valerie Miles). Nov 10. Vila-Matas continues to storm the English language. Translated by a legend of the Spanish language. This is your intro to V-M.

The Quarry and The Birth-mark by Susan Howe. Nov 10. I’m pretty damn ready to read essays by one of the most essayistic poets out there.

The Boy Who Stole Attila’s Horse by Ivan Repila (tr. Sophie Hughes). Nov 10. This book almost made me pass out on a transatlantic flight. This is REpila’s second book. I fear the third. More here.

Dodge Rose by Jack Cox. Nov 10. The long-awaited first novel by Jack Cox.

Memory Theater by Simon Critchley. Nov 17. For those of you who didn’t get this last year when Fitzcarraldo published it in the U.K. Review here.

Bright Scythe: Selected Poems by Thomas Tranströmer (trans Patty Crane). Nov. 17. A new, bilingual edition of the recently departed Nobelist. More about Tranströmer here.

Memory Theater by Simon Critchley. Nov 17. For those of you who didn’t get this last year when Fitzcarraldo published it in the U.K. Review here.

Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto (trans Esther Allen). Nov 17. Who loves this book? Sergio Chejfec loves this book. Another Argentine classic.

The Blizzard by Vladimir Sorokin (trans. Jamey Gambrell). Dec 1. I’m sure this book is extraordinarily sick and twisted.

The Seven Madmen by Roberto Arlt (trans. Nick Caistor). Dec 8. I’ve been WAITING for years for someone to finally publish this translation in the U.S. market. Thank you NYRB. This Argentine classic will fuck. with. you.

Loquela by Carlos Labbé (trans. Will Vanderhyden). Dec 15. Chilean literature is hot right now, and here’s one of Chile’s most skilled authors. Plus translation by one of the greats-in-the-making.

A General Theory of Oblivion by Jose Eduardo Agualusa and (trans. Daniel Hahn). Dec 15. Daniel Hahn + Jose Eduardo Agualusa is a dangerous combination.

Secure the Base: Making Africa Visible in the Globe by Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Dec 15. Essays from one of Africa’s greatest writers.

And a taste of 2016 . . .

Fragments by Elena Ferrante (trans Ann Goldstein). Jan 5. Interviews, correspondence, etc, with the woman no one knows.

Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens: Reportage by László Krasznahorkai (trans Ottilie Mulzet). Jan 15. The latest in translation by the master of everything apocalyptic. The first of his “Eastern” books to ever appear in English. For more on those, read this.

Staying Alive by Laura Sims. Feb 1. I don’t know much about this one, but I like the author and it sounds good.

Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey Feb 9 Debut novel by the poet and noted translator of Clarice Lispector.

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