The masterworks of W. Sebald, now in gorgeous new covers by the famed designer Peter Mendelsund New Directions is delighted to announce beautiful new editions of these three classic Sebald novels, including his two greatest works, The Emigrants and The Rings of Saturn. All three novels are distinguished by their translations, and his unique, tragic elegiac notes, slaving to carry into English all his essential elements: the shadows, every line of which Sebald himself made pitch-perfect, nineteenth-century Germanic undertones, the lambent fallings-back, quiet wit.
Austerlitz Modern Library Paperback
When he is a much older man, and obeying an instinct he only dimly understands, fleeting memories return to him, Austerlitz follows their trail back to the world he left behind a half century before. Sebald’s celebrated masterpiece includes a new Introduction by acclaimed critic James Wood. Modern Library.
G. A small child when he comes to england on a kindertransport in the summer of 1939, Jacques Austerlitz is told nothing of his real family by the Welsh Methodist minister and his wife who raise him. There, faced with the void at the heart of twentieth-century Europe, he struggles to rescue his heritage from oblivion.
This tenth anniversary edition of W. Austerlitz is the story of a man’s search for the answer to his life’s central riddle.
On the Natural History of Destruction Modern Library Classics Paperback
Six hundred thousand German civilians died—a figure twice that of all American war casualties. Modern Library. Sebald asks, why does the subject occupy so little space in Germany’s cultural memory? On the Natural History of Destruction probes deeply into this ominous silence. Modern Library. G. Seven and a half million Germans were left homeless.
During world war two, 131 german cities and towns were targeted by Allied bombs, a good number almost entirely flattened. Given the astonishing scope of the devastation, W.
After Nature Modern Library Paperback
Modern Library. After Nature, W. Sebald’s first literary work, now translated into English by Michael Hamburger, explores the lives of three men connected by their restless questioning of humankind’s place in the natural world. From the efforts of each, though more cruel, too, in places beautiful and comforting, “an order arises, than the previous state of ignorance.
The first figure is the great German Re-naissance painter Matthias Grünewald. The second is the enlightenment botanist-explorer Georg Steller, who accompanied Bering to the Arctic. G. G. Sebald explored in his subsequent books. The third is the author himself, who describes his wanderings among landscapes scarred by the wrecked certainties of previous ages.
After nature introduces many of the themes that W. Modern Library. A haunting vision of the waxing and waning tides of birth and devastation that lie behind and before us, it confirms the author’s position as one of the most profound and original writers of our time.
Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative
Why not draw on them, too?” W. Modern Library. But something that swells and tautens until climax, no? So many other patterns run through nature, then collapses? Bit masculosexual, tracing other deep motions in life. It will appeal to serious readers and writers alike. A publishers weekly best book of 2019 one of poets & Writers' Best Books for Writers "How lovely to discover a book on the craft of writing that is also fun to read.
. It is a liberating manifesto that says, in thinking of new modes, Let’s leave the outdated modes behind and, bring feeling back to experimentation. Meander, spiral, explode is a singular and brilliant elucidation of literary strategies that also brings high spirits and wit to its original conclusions.
. Other writers of nonlinear prose considered in her “museum of specimens” include Nicholson Baker, Susan Minot, Clarice Lispector, Marguerite Duras, Caryl Phillips, Jamaica Kincaid, Anne Carson, Gabriel García Márquez, David Mitchell, and Mary Robison. G. Sebald’s emigrants was the first novel to show Alison how forward momentum can be created by way of pattern, rather than the traditional arc― or, in nature, wave.
The Passion According to G.H. New Directions Books
Modern Library. Lispector’s most shocking novel. The passion According to G. H. Clarice lispector’s mystical novel of 1964, concerns a well-to-do Rio sculptress, G. H. Who enters her maid’s room, and, sees a cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe, panicking, slams the door ―crushing the cockroach ―and then watches it die.
. At the end of the novel, at the height of a spiritual crisis, comes the most famous and most genuinely shocking scene in Brazilian literature…Lispector wrote that of all her works this novel was the one that “best corresponded to her demands as a writer. Modern Library.
2666: A Novel
Modern Library. A national book critics circle award winnernew york times book review 10 best books of 2008 time magazine's best book of 2008 los angeles times best books of 2008 san francisco chronicle's 50 best fiction books of 2008 seattle Times Best Books of 2008 New York Magazine Top Ten Books of 2008 Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman--these are among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared.
In the words of the washington post, those like proust, joyce, roberto bolaño joins the ambitious overachievers of the twentieth-century novel, Gaddis, Fuentes, who push the novel far past its conventional size and scope to encompass an entire era, Pynchon, and Vollmann, "With 2666, Musil, if sometimes idiosyncratic, deploying encyclopedic knowledge and stylistic verve to offer a grand, summation of their culture and the novelist's place in it.
Picador USA. Bolaño has joined the immortals. Modern Library.
Open City: A Novel
. Along the streets of manhattan, reflecting on his relationships, his present, his recent breakup with his girlfriend, a young Nigerian doctor named Julius wanders, his past. A remarkably resonant feat of prose. The seattle times “a precise and poetic meditation on love, memory, friendship, race, identity, and dislocation.
The economist Modern Library. Random House Trade Paperbacks. Picador USA. A new york times notable book • one of the ten top novels of the year —time and npr named a best book on more than twenty end-of-the-year lists, including the new yorker • the atlantic • the economist • newsweek/the daily beast • the new republic • new york daily news • los angeles times • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • Minneapolis Star Tribune • GQ • Salon • Slate • New York magazine • The Week • The Kansas City Star • Kirkus Reviews A haunting novel about identity, and history, dislocation, Teju Cole’s Open City is a profound work by an important new author who has much to say about our country and our world.
A prismatic debut. Beautiful, subtle, and original. The new yorker “A psychological hand grenade. The atlantic “Magnificent.
A Place in the Country Modern Library Classics
Sebald’s meditation on the six artists and writers who shaped his creative mind—and the last of this great writer’s major works to be translated into English. Finally, sebald spies a cognizance of death’s inevitability in painter Jan Peter Tripp’s lovingly exact reproductions of life. Sebald. This extraordinary collection of interlinked essays about place, memory, and creativity captures the inner worlds of five authors and one painter.
G. Sebald’s books, which he made out of classics, remain classics for now. Joshua cohen, or fate, or chance, everything webbed together by the unseen threads of history, everything is connected, The New York Times Book Review“In Sebald’s writing, or death. Modern Library. It is an essential addition to his stunning body of work.
Praise for a place in the Country “Measured, solemn, sardonic. Jean-jacques rousseau is conjured on the verge of physical and mental exhaustion, hiding from his detractors on the island of St. Random House Trade Paperbacks. Pierre, where two centuries later Sebald took rooms adjacent to his.
The Savage Detectives: A Novel
Random House Trade Paperbacks. Picador USA. Modern Library. Picador USA. The savage detectives is an exuberant, raunchy, wildly inventive, and ambitious novel from one of the greatest Latin American authors of our age. Modern Library. National bestsellerin this dazzling novel, roberto bolaño tells the story of two modern-day Quixotes--the last survivors of an underground literary movement, the book that established his international reputation, perhaps of literature itself--on a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe: our own.
Year of the Monkey
Picador USA. Picador USA. Taking us from california to the arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places, this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment set in.
Random House Trade Paperbacks. In a stranger's words, "Anything is possible: after all, it's the Year of the Monkey. For smith--inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, aging, writing--the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre: with loss, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.
Modern Library. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland with no design, yet heeding signs--including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. Modern Library. In february, a surreal lunar year begins, heightened mischief, bringing with it unexpected turns, and inescapable sorrow.
But as smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, gimlet eye, wit, and above all, she offers this balm to the reader: her wisdom, a rugged hope for a better world. New york times best sellerfrom the national book award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.
Following a run of new year's concerts at san Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering.