Interesting New Books — 2018

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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson. January 16. Posthumous stories by the beloved author.

The Crisis in Physics by Christopher Caudwell. January 23.

Greece and the Reinvention of Politics by Alain Badiou. January 30. Greece might once again show us how to do democracy.

Mephisto’s Waltz: Selected Short Stories by Sergio Pitol. January 30. The long-awaited release of Pitol’s fiction in translation begins.

Empty Set by Verónica Gerber Bicecci. February 6. Math and literature collide in this innovative release by the acclaimed Mexican author.

The Courage of Hopelessness: A Year of Acting Dangerously by Slavoj Zizek. February 6.

Death of a Horse by Andrés Barba. February 6. New release by the acclaimed Spanish author of Such Small Hands. See also The Right Intention (March 6).

What Are We Doing Here?: Essays by Marilynne Robinson. February 20. Always essential.

Essays on World Literature: Aeschylus • Dante • Shakespeare by Ismail Kadare. February 20. Three long essays on essential authors. This one is good.

Some Hell by Patrick Nathan. February 20.

An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom: Roberto Bolano’s 2666 by Jonathan Russell Clark. February 20.

The Neighborhood by Mario Vargas Llosa. February 27. The latest novel from Peru’s Nobelist.

Abbas Kiarostami and Film-Philosophy by Mathew Abbott. March 1.

Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin. March 6. A major new translation of a landmark novel.

Tomb Song by Julián Herbert. March 6.

Neapolitan Chronicles by Anna Maria Ortese. March 13. English release of an author admired by Ferrante and edited by Calvino.

Memento Park by Mark Sarvas. March 13.

Pure Hollywood: And Other Stories by Christine Schutt. March 13.

The Solitary Twin by Harry Mathews. March 27. The final, posthumous novel by one of the Oulipo’s best writers.

The Chandelier by Clarice Lispector. March 27. The first English translation of Lispector’s second novel.

Stream System by Gerald Murnane. April 3. Collected short fiction. On the same day as Border Districts, supposedly Murnane’s last full-length release.

Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life by Jenny Boully. April 3. The first collection in a while from a highly regarded essayist.

See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary by Lorrie Moore. April 3. A selected by one of the more interesting American novelists.

The Consciousness Instinct: Unraveling the Mystery of How the Brain Makes the Mind by Michael S. Gazzaniga. April 3.

Hamlet Globe to Globe: Two Years, 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play by Dominic Dromgoole. April 17.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. May 1. I admired The Flamethrowers quite a bit (with some reservations), so this is welcome.

Lost Empress by Sergio De La Pava. May 8. Sergio De La Pava is a true author. I expect great things.

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. May 8. Any new novel by Ondaatje is an event.

Revenge of the Translator by Brice Matthieussent. May 8.

A Certain Plume by Henri Michaux. May 15. A really strong new translation of some of Michaux’s most interesting poetry.

5: Armand V by Dag Solstad. May 30. A writer spoken of very highly by many of Norway’s most esteemed authors. Also see T Singer, released on the same day.

Bottom of the Sky by Rodrigo Fresán. May 29. A new translation from the author of The Invented Part.

Some Trick: Thirteen Stories by Helen DeWitt. May 30. A new release by the very erratic (but often brilliant) author, her first since 2011’s Lightning Rods.

Old Gods, New Enigmas: Marx’s Lost Theory by Mike Davis. June 5.

Revolution Sunday by Wendy Guerra. June 12.

Comemadre by Roque Larraquy. July 10. Experiments with guillotines, this one sounds fun.

This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga. August 7. Long-awaited follow-up to the monumental success, Nervous Conditions, by possibly Zimbabwe’s best-known author.

ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction by Joshua Cohen. August 14. A sizable selected nonfiction from a writer I’ve often been impressed by as a critic.

Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love by Anna Moschovakis. August 14.

The Idea of Perfection: The Poetry and Prose of Paul Valéry. August 21. Looks like a pretty substantial new bilingual edition of Valéry.

The Thief’s Journal by Jean Genet. August 21.

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell. September 4.

My Struggle: Book Six by Karl Ove Knausgaard. September 18. The series concludes with an epic release.

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