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.

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

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.

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

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.

The Last Wolf by László Krasznahorkai Sept 6. The name says it all. Might be this.

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

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

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.

To come . . .

Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marías

The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich

The Poetry of Thomas Bernhard and The Letters of Thomas Bernhard

Jerusalem by Alan Moore


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