Interesting New Books — 2016

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.

Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens: Reportage by László Krasznahorkai January 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.

Dodge Rose by Jack Cox January 15. Sources tell me this guy’s the real deal.

The Knack of Doing by Jeremy M. Davies January 15. If you like the books on this blog, you should definitely be reading Jeremy Davies.

At the Writing Desk by Werner Kofler January 15. The first English translation of a “Beckett” of Austrian literature.

On the Edge by Rafael Chirbes January 16. THE novel of the Spanish Great Recession. Think Bernhard.

The Business Affairs of Mr Julius Caesar by Bertolt Brecht January 28. Never before in English.

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

The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig February 2. Zweig may be the Pepsi of Austrian writing, but he’s still pretty easy to enjoy.

Sudden Death: A Novel by Álvaro Enrigue February 9. Enrigue may be the best Mexican writer at work today. This novel is genius.

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

A Room by Youval Shimoni February 12. Hailed as a Hebrew Gravity’s Rainbow. At 656 pages, maybe?

Goethe Dies by Thomas Bernhard February 15. Hot damn.

A Cup of Rage by Raduan Nassar February 16. A modernist cult classic of Brazilian alienation and eros, translated by the estimable Stefan Tobler.

Fortuny by Pere Gimferrer February 25. A bizarre book of the Belle Époque, translated by the multi-lingual Adrian Nathan West.

The Oldest Boy: A Play in Three Ceremonies by Sarah Ruhl March 1. Sarah Ruhl is definitely one of my favorite contemporary playwrights.

In the Café of Lost Youth by Patrick Modiano, Young Once by Patrick Modiano March 8. Reputed to be two of his best.

The Sky Isn’t Blue by Janice Lee March 11. Short essays on the spaces we live in , by one of our leading up-and-coming essayists.

Something Will Happen, You’ll See by Christos Ikonomou
March 15. I’ve heard amazing things about these stories.

How Will Capitalism End? by Wolfgang Streeck March 15. Good question.

Extracting the Stone of Madness by Alejandra Pizarnik March 28. Just pray with me that this book gets published.

The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial by Maggie Nelson April 5. Looks interesting.

The Street Kids by Pier Paolo Pasolini April 5. This novel made Pasolini’s name long before he picked up a movie camera.

Hardly War by Don Mee Choi April 12. Looks to be a landmark collection from a deadly poet.

Paris Vagabond Paperback by Jean-Paul Clebert April 12. The last of the flâneurs?

Travesty by John Hawkes April 18. Only a guy like Hawkes could make a book like this work. Fucking genius.

God is Round by Juan Villoro April 19. Villoro is such a good essayist I’d even read him on fútbol.

The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction by M. A. Orthofer April 19. This exists, oh yes, it exists.

Frantumaglia: Bits and Pieces of Uncertain Origin by Elena Ferrante April 19. Interviews, correspondence, etc, with the woman no one knows.

The Storyteller: Tales out of Loneliness by Walter Benjamin April 19. Benjamin’s fiction.

My Struggle: Book Five by Karl Ove Knausgaard April 19. Will this be the year of the backlash?

Ladivine: by Marie NDiaye April 26. Don’t sleep on Marie NDiaye. She’s massive.

White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World by Geoff Dyer May 3. Essays from an aging—and very successful—Geoff Dyer.

Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo May 3. It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Richard Russo.

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes May 10. Barnes does a novel about Shostakovitch. Yes.

Albina and the Dog-Men by Alejandro Jodorowsky May 10. Curious about this one. “Jaw-dropping” doesn’t begin to describe Jodorowsky’s films.

Something for the Pain: A Memoir of the Turf by Gerald Murnane May 10. This is a pretty good book. You learn some of the contents of Murnane’s file cabinets, and how he pissed in the sink.

The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera May 10. Last year Yuri Herrera was a bona fide hit. Who knows what this book can do.

Zero K by Don DeLillo May 10. Well of course.

The Clouds by Juan José Saer May 10. Everyone who visits this site knows Saer is royalty.

The Fox Was Ever the Hunter by Herta Müller May 10. A newly translated novel from the Nobel Prize winner.

Newcomers by Lojze Kovacic May 17. This autobiography/novel from mid-century Slovenia looks like a landmark.

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich. May 24. The mammoth masterwork from the lasted Novelist. So very excited to read this one.

Don’t Leave Me by Stig Sæterbakken May 27. Stig Sæterbakken will break you.

Among Strange Victims by Daniel Saldaña París. June 7. I rarely laugh out loud at books. This is the exception. Plus so much more . . . just a great, great, great debut novel.

Éric Rohmer: A Biography by Antoine de de Baecque and Noël Herpe June 14. I love Rohmer. I want to know.

Invisible Hands by Stig Sæterbakken July 22. No, seriously, Stig Sæterbakken will break you.

Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador by Horacio Castellanos Moya
July 26. It seemed inevitable that this book would be translated one day.

Peacock & Vine by A. S. Byatt August 2. Sounds like a genre-breaking book from Byatt.

American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin August 2. Seems like a pretty good cultural moment to reset the Patty Hearst story.

Bright Magic: Stories by Alfred Döblin August 9. A volume of Döblin’s stories has never appeared in English before.

The First Wife: A Tale of Polygamy by Paulina Chiziane Aug 9. Polygamous fiction from Mozambique. How can you not?

The Frontier Within: Essays by Kobo Abe August 9. If you think Murakami’s the Japanese master of the surreal, read some Kobo Abe.

Save Twilight: Selected Poems by Julio Cortázar August 9. Cortázar is always money.

Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here by Angela Palm August 16. Graywolf does some of the best creative nonfiction in the biz.

Little Jewel by Patrick Modiano Aug 23. More Modiano, always good.

Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto Aug 23. If you’ve got a favorite living Latin American author, chances are they’ll tell you to read this book ASAP.

Against Translation: Displacement Is the New Translation by Kenneth Goldsmith Aug 23. I’ve got my doubts about this one, but I want to give it a fair shot. Though, $49 paperback isn’t gonna happen.

The Last Wolf and Herman by László Krasznahorkai Sept 6. A 2-in-1. The Last Wolf is this.

Vampire in Love by Enrique Vila-Matas Sept 6. A selection of E V-M’s short stories, at last.

Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids by Nicholson Baker Sep 6, 2016. Pray for the children if Nicholson Baker is their substitute teacher.

The Revolutionaries Try Again by Mauro Javier Cardenas. Sept 6. For years I’ve watched Mauro work on this book. I’m hearing great things, and I expect a lot.

The End of Imagination by Arundhati Roy Sep 6. Roy’s first book in a long time.

Jerusalem by Alan Moore September 13. 1280 pages. People have been waiting a long time for this book.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead September 13. This one looks promising.

Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World by Adrian Goldsworthy. September 13. Rome is pretty damn fascinating.

Nutshell by Ian McEwan September 13. McEwan writes about an affair from the perspective of a fetus. Sure.

Good People by Nir Baram September 13. This one has got me intrigued.

Girlfriends, Ghosts, and Other Stories by Robert Walser Sep 13. More Walser is always a good thing.

A Tree or a Person or a Wall: Stories by Matt Bell September 13. Stories to tide you over while you wait for Matt Bell’s next novel.

Inferno: A Poet’s Novel by Eileen Myles September 13. I always love it when poets can write good novels.

Now: The Physics of Time by Richard A. Muller Sep 20. We still know so little about what time actually is.

Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School by Stuart Jeffries September 20. Frankfurt School group bio. Looks like fun!

The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride Sep 20. Modernist Irish literature is alive and kicking.

Bottom’s Dream by Arno Schmidt Sept 23. You may need a load of $$$ and a vacation to read this one.

The Black Notebook by Patrick Modiano Sep 27. It just keeps coming.

The Path of the Jaguar by Stephen Henighan October 1. Latest novel from one of my favorite critics, translators, and all around literary eminence.

Caught, Back, and Loving by Henry Green. Oct 4. Henry Green is your favorite author’s (and critic’s) favorite author. So incredibly pumped that NYRB Classics is reissuing all 9 of his novels.

Ghostland by Colin Dickey October 4. I’ve been a big fan of Colin’s essays for some time, and I love the topic for this book.

Cockroaches by Scholastique Mukasonga October 4. Probably the worst interview I’ve ever experienced, but she’s an interesting author.

A Greater Music by Bae Suah Oct 11. The first time I read Bae Suah, I knew she was a very special writer.

My Private Property by Mary Ruefle Oct 11. New short prose collection from one of my favorite essayists and poets.

In Another Country: Selected Stories by David Constantine October 11. David Constantine is definitely one of the top stories writers on Earth.

Reel: A Novel by Tobias Carroll Oct 11. Excited to see what Tobias Carroll can do.

Dear Mr. Beckett – Letters from the Publisher: The Samuel Beckett File Correspondence, Interviews, Photos Oct 13. Name says it all.

Iza’s Ballad by Magda Szabo Oct 18 More Magda.

The Letters of Samuel Beckett 4 Volume Hardback Set Oct 19. All of Beckett’s letters. You might never escape.

The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories by Lynne Tillman Oct 21. Madame Realism is one of Tillman’s best creations.

Float by Anne Carson Oct 25. Looks like Anne Carson has channeled a little B.S. Johnson for this one.

Norte: A Novel by Edmundo Paz Soldán Oct 26. The translator (Valerie Miles) has impeccable taste, and I’ve published Paz Soldán before, so I know he’s got a lot of talent.

Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marías Nov 1. New Marías is always a moment. Been hearing lots of good about this one.

Kafka: The Early Years by Reiner Stach Nov 1. Final volume of a bio of Kafka that will break new ground for the English-language reader.

Landscapes: John Berger on Art by John Berger Nov 1. Major new work from John Berger at 90. You gotta love it.

The Voynich Manuscript Nov 1. Nobody actually knows how to read this. Maybe you’ll decode it!

The Beach at Night by Elena Ferrante Nov 1. Elena for your children.

The Apparently Marginal Activities of Marcel Duchamp by Elena Filipovic Nov 4. New take on Duchamp.

Pieces of Soap: Essays by Stanley Elkin Nov 15. Beloved essay collection by one of America’s most respected experimental authors.

Wayward Heroes by Halldor Laxness Nov 1. A new translation of Laxness is always a big deal.

The Attraction of Things by Roger Lewinter Nov 1. Short and vvvery powerful.

Nocilla Experience by Agustín Fernández Mallo Nov 8. If you dig experimental, pomo lit, Book 2 in the Nocilla trilogy.

Spooky Action at a Distance by George Musser Nov 14. I liked this a lot last year in hardcover.

Thomas Bernhard: 3 Days by Thomas Bernhard Nov 15. Bernhard talks about himself for 3 days; so probably brilliant and horrifying at once.

The Post-Structuralist Vulva Coloring Book by Elly Blue and Meggyn Pomerleau Nov 15. I’m not actually recommending this, I just think it’s one of the most oddly specific titles I’ve ever seen.

In Praise of Defeat: Poems of Abdellatif Laabi Nov 15. One of the major poets of North Africa.

Chronicle of the Murdered House by Lúcio Cardoso Nov 21. Classic of Brazilian lit, for the lovers of Faulkner. Supposedly Clarice was a big fan.

Ema the Captive by César Aira Dec 6. An early work of Aira’s.

The Moravian Night: A Story by Peter Handke Dec 6. A sizable novel from one of Europe’s best.

Of All That Ends by Günter Grass Dec 6. Grass’s last book?

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