Here are a few new releases for the month of November 2016 that have caught my eye. All of these, and many, many more new releases, can be found on my Interesting New Books — 2016 page.
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.