As I’ve made pretty clear, today’s the day that Lady Chatterley’s Brother is available for general sale. You can still get it direct from this site by Paypal-ing me the money. It’s also now online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. And you can preview the ebook and get more info here.
It’s more than a little sad that right as I publish a long essay on the works of Javier Marias I discover that he will not much longer be published by the legendary press that brought him to America. It seems that Marias’ contract with New Directions is coming up for renewal and the deep-pocketed Penguin has outbid them.
This, friends, is complete bullshit. New Directions has published Marias since the early 1990s. They had the smarts to realize what an impressive author Marias is, and they had the guts to take the chance that he wouldn’t languish, as do so many worthy international authors that never find the readership they deserve in English. Not just that–they has the worth ethic and publishing savvy to sell him to an American audience and make him work here in the States. And though, yes, New Directions has certainly benefited from their hard work for many years, it is nonetheless entirely wrong that another press can come and buy him up just like that.
Which is to say, go and buy Marias on New Directions while you still can. I’m proud to own all of his books in their ND incarnations. For me, they’ll always be the “true” editions of Javier Marias in English.