Our list of some of the best Nyrb books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.
- The Corner That Held Them (New York Review Books Classics) (2019)
- Abel and Cain (New York Review Books Classics) (2019)
- All for Nothing (New York Review Books Classics) (2018)
- The Peregrine (New York Review Books Classics) (2004)
- Once and Forever: The Tales of Kenji Miyazawa (New York Review Books Classics) (2018)
- Anniversaries (Boxed Set): From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl (New York Review Books Classics) (2018)
- Lucky Jim (New York Review Books Classics) (2012)
- Three Summers (New York Review Books Classics) (2019)
- Notebooks: 1936-1947 (New York Review Books Classics) (2019)
- Moravagine (New York Review Books Classics) (2004)
Sylvia Townsend Warner’s The Corner That Held Them is a historical novel like no other, one that immerses the reader in the dailiness of history, rather than history as the given sequence of events that, in time, it comes to seem. Time ebbs and flows and characters come and go in this novel, set in the era of the Black Death, about a Benedictine convent of no great note.
The Death of My Brother Abel and its delirious sequel, Cain, constitute the magnum opus of Gregor von Rezzori’s prodigious career, the most ambitious, extravagant, outrageous, and deeply considered achievement of this wildly original and never less than provocative master of the novel.
In East Prussia, January 1945, the German forces are in retreat and the Red Army is approaching. The von Globig family’s manor house, the Georgenhof, is falling into disrepair. Auntie runs the estate as best she can since Eberhard von Globig, a special officer in the German army, went to war, leaving behind his beautiful but vague wife, Katharina, and her bookish twelve-year-old son, Peter.
From fall to spring, J.A. Baker set out to track the daily comings and goings of a pair of peregrine falcons across the flat fen lands of eastern England. He followed the birds obsessively, observing them in the air and on the ground, in pursuit of their prey, making a kill, eating, and at rest, activities he describes with an extraordinary fusion of precision and poetry.
Kenji Miyazawa is one of modern Japan’s most beloved writers, a great poet and a strange and marvelous spinner of tales, whose sly, humorous, enchanting, and enigmatic stories bear a certain resemblance to those of his contemporary Robert Walser.
Anniversaries (Boxed Set): From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl (New York Review Books Classics) (2018)
Late in 1967, Uwe Johnson set out to write a book that would take the unusual form of a chapter for every day of the ongoing year.
Regarded by many as the finest, and funniest, comic novel of the twentieth century, Lucky Jim remains as trenchant, withering, and eloquently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers in 1954.
Three Summers is the story of three sisters growing up in the countryside near Athens before the Second World War.
Notebooks: 1936-1947 (New York Review Books Classics) (2019)
In 1936, Victor Serge—poet, novelist, and revolutionary—left the Soviet Union for Paris, the rare opponent of Stalin to escape the Terror. In 1940, after the Nazis marched into Paris, Serge fled France for Mexico, where he would spend the rest of his life. His years in Mexico were marked by isolation, poverty, peril, and grief; his Notebooks, however, brim with resilience, curiosity, outrage, a passionate love of life, and superb writing.
At once truly appalling and appallingly funny, Blaise Cendrars’s Moravagine bears comparison with Naked Lunch—except that it’s a lot more entertaining to read. Heir to an immense aristocratic fortune, mental and physical mutant Moravagine is a monster, a man in pursuit of a theorem that will justify his every desire.
Best Nyrb Books You Should Enjoy
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Writing Politics: An Anthology
Author(s): David Bromwich (Editor, Introduction)
ID: 2798939, Publisher: NYRB Classics, Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub
Surviving: stories, essays, interviews
Author(s): Green, Henry; Yorke, Matthew (Editor); Updike, John (Introduction); Yorke, Sebastian (Afterword)
ID: 2865902, Publisher: NYRB Classics;New York Review Books, Year: 2020, Size: 766 Kb, Format: epub
The True History of the First Mrs. Meredith and Other Lesser Lives
Author(s): Johnson, Diane; Gornick, Vivian (introduction)
ID: 2866413, Publisher: NYRB Classics;New York Review Books, Year: 2020, Size: 11 Mb, Format: epub
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