The Invention of Morel

Author: Adolfo Bioy Casares
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590170571
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Fiction

Jorge Luis Borges declared The Invention of Morel a masterpiece of plotting, comparable to The Turn of the Screw and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Set on a mysterious island, Bioy's novella is a story of suspense and exploration, as well as a wonderfully unlikely romance, in which every detail is at once crystal clear and deeply mysterious. Inspired by Bioy Casares's fascination with the movie star Louise Brooks, The Invention of Morel has gone on to live a secret life of its own. Greatly admired by Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, and Octavio Paz, the novella helped to usher in Latin American fiction's now famous postwar boom. As the model for Alain Resnais and Alain Robbe-Grillet's Last Year in Marienbad, it also changed the history of film.

Jakob Von Gunten

Author: Robert Walser
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 0940322218
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Fiction

The Swiss writer Robert Walser is one of the quiet geniuses of twentieth-century literature. Largely self-taught and altogether indifferent to worldly success, Walser wrote a range of short stories, essays, as well as four novels, of which Jakob von Gunten is widely recognized as the finest. The book is a young man's inquisitive and irreverent account of life in what turns out to be the most uncanny of schools. It is the work of an outsider artist, a writer of uncompromising originality and disconcerting humor, whose beautiful sentences have the simplicity and strangeness of a painting by Henri Rousseau.

Thus Were Their Faces

Author: Silvina Ocampo
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590177990
Release Date: 2015-01-27
Genre: Fiction

An NYRB Classics Original Thus Were Their Faces offers a comprehensive selection of the short fiction of Silvina Ocampo, undoubtedly one of the twentieth century’s great masters of the story and the novella. Here are tales of doubles and impostors, angels and demons, a marble statue of a winged horse that speaks, a beautiful seer who writes the autobiography of her own death, a lapdog who records the dreams of an old woman, a suicidal romance, and much else that is incredible, mad, sublime, and delicious. Italo Calvino has written that no other writer “better captures the magic inside everyday rituals, the forbidden or hidden face that our mirrors don’t show us.” Jorge Luis Borges flatly declared, “Silvina Ocampo is one of our best writers. Her stories have no equal in our literature.” Dark, gothic, fantastic, and grotesque, these haunting stories are among the world’s most individual and finest.

Zama

Author: Antonio Di Benedetto
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590177174
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Fiction

An NYRB Classics Original First published in 1956, Zama is now universally recognized as one of the masterpieces of modern Argentine and Spanish-language literature. Written in a style that is both precise and sumptuous, weirdly archaic and powerfully novel, Zama takes place in the last decade of the eighteenth century and describes the solitary, suspended existence of Don Diego de Zama, a highly placed servant of the Spanish crown who has been posted to Asunción, the capital of remote Paraguay. There, eaten up by pride, lust, petty grudges, and paranoid fantasies, he does as little as he possibly can while plotting his eventual transfer to Buenos Aires, where everything about his hopeless existence will, he is confident, be miraculously transformed and made good. Don Diego's slow, nightmarish slide into the abyss is not just a tale of one man's perdition but an exploration of existential, and very American, loneliness. Zama, with its stark dreamlike prose and spare imagery, is at once dense and unforeseen, terse and fateful, marked throughout by a haunting movement between sentences, paragraphs, and sections, so that every word seems to emerge from an ocean of things left unsaid. The philosophical depths of this great book spring directly from its dazzling prose.

Where There s Love There s Hate

Author: Adolfo Bioy Casares
Publisher: Melville House
ISBN: 9781612191515
Release Date: 2013-05-14
Genre: Fiction

A witty yet gripping pastiche of murder mysteries set in an Argentine seaside resort, peppered with literary allusions In seaside Bosque de Mar, guests at the Hotel Central are struck by double misfortune: the mysterious death of one of their party, and an investigation headed by the physician, writer and insufferable busybody, Dr. Humberto Huberman. When quiet, young translator Mary is found dead on the first night of Huberman's stay, he quickly appoints himself leader of an inquiry that will see blame apportioned in turn to each and every guest--including Mary's own sister--and culminating in a wild, wind-blown reconnaissance mission to the nearby shipwreck, the Joseph K. Never before translated into English, Where There's Love, There's Hate is both genuinely suspenseful mystery fiction and an ingenious pastiche of the genre, the only novel co-written by two towering figures of Latin American literature. Famously friends and collaborators of Jorge Luis Borges, husband and wife Bioy Casares and Ocampo combine their gifts to produce a novel that's captivating, unashamedly erudite and gloriously witty.

A Plan for Escape

Author: Adolfo Bioy Casares
Publisher:
ISBN: UTEXAS:059173006315676
Release Date: 1988
Genre: French Guiana

Henri Nevers is a French navel lieutenant sent to the penal colonies of French Guiana where he becomes intriqued by a mysterious Jew known as Dreyfus and faces the illusion of freedom

Fatale

Author: Jean-Patrick Manchette
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590175729
Release Date: 2011-12-07
Genre: Fiction

A New York Review Books Original Whether you call her a coldhearted grifter or the soul of modern capitalism, there’s no question that Aimée is a killer and a more than professional one. Now she’s set her eyes on a backwater burg—where, while posing as an innocent (albeit drop-dead gorgeous) newcomer to town, she means to sniff out old grudges and engineer new opportunities, deftly playing different people and different interests against each other the better, as always, to make a killing. But then something snaps: the master manipulator falls prey to a pure and wayward passion. Aimée has become the avenging angel of her own nihilism, exacting the destruction of a whole society of destroyers. An unholy original, Jean-Patrick Manchette transformed the modern detective novel into a weapon of gleeful satire and anarchic fun. In Fatale he mixes equal measures of farce, mayhem, and madness to prepare a rare literary cocktail that packs a devastating punch.

Diary of the War of the Pig

Author: Adolfo Bioy Casares
Publisher: Plume
ISBN: 052548423X
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Fiction

A group of men who play cards together find their lives endangered when a brutal scheme is devised by youths to rid their Argentine town of its elderly inhabitants

More Was Lost

Author: Eleanor Perenyi
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590179505
Release Date: 2016-02-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Best known for her classic book Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden, Eleanor Perényi led a worldly life before settling down in Connecticut. More Was Lost is a memoir of her youth abroad, written in the early days of World War II, after her return to the United States. In 1937, at the age of nineteen, Perényi falls in love with a poor Hungarian baron and in short order acquires both a title and a struggling country estate at the edge of the Carpathians. She throws herself into this life with zeal, learning Hungarian and observing the invisible order of the Czech rule, the resentment of the native Ruthenians, and the haughtiness of the dispossessed Hungarians. In the midst of massive political upheaval, Perényi and her husband remain steadfast in their dedication to their new life, an alliance that will soon be tested by the war. With old-fashioned frankness and wit, Perényi recounts this poignant tale of how much was gained and how much more was lost.

Selected Stories

Author: Adolfo Bioy Casares
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811212750
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Fiction

A collection of short stories that blend love and fantasy to create probing fiction marked by ironic twists

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

Author: Gerald Basil Edwards
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590172337
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Fiction

Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated, and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late twentieth century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between the coasts of England and France yet a world apart from either. Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the stories of those he has known. He writes of family secrets and feuds, unforgettable friendships and friendships betrayed, love glimpsed and lost. The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is a beautifully detailed chronicle of a life, but it is equally an oblique reckoning with the traumas of the twentieth century, as Ebenezer recalls both the men lost to the Great War and the German Occupation of Guernsey during World War II, and looks with despair at the encroachments of commerce and tourism on his beloved island. G. B. Edwards labored in obscurity all his life and completed The Book of Ebenezer Le Page shortly before his death. Published posthumously, the book is a triumph of the storyteller’s art that conjures up the extraordinary voice of a living man. "Imagine a weekend spent in deep conversation with a superb old man, a crusty, intelligent, passionate and individualistic character at the peak of his powers as a raconteur, and you will have a very good ideas of the impact of The Book of Ebenezer Le Page...It amuses, it entertains, it moves us...” –The Washington Post "A true epic, as sexy as it is hilarious, it seems drenched with the harsh tidal beauties of its setting...For every person nearing retirement, every latent writer who hopes to leave his island and find the literary mainland, its author–quiet, self-sufficient, tidy Homeric–remains a patron saint." –Allan Gurganus, O Magazine

Other Electricities

Author: Ander Monson
Publisher:
ISBN: 1932511156
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Fiction

Through an unsettling, almost crazed gestalt of sketches, short stories, lists, indices, and radio schematics, Ander Monson presents a world where weather, landscape, radio waves, and electricity are influential characters in themselves, affecting an entire community held together by the memories of those they have lost. Other Electricities charts a new and strange direction in American fiction.

Silvina Ocampo

Author: Silvina Ocampo
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590177747
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Poetry

Silvina Ocampo possessed her own special enchantment as a poet. For fifty years she was associated with prominent literary and artistic personalities in Buenos Aires, and content to live as oa famous unknowno far from the public eye, writing furiously, hiding her work, gradually publishing several books of poetry and fiction, and eventually winning all of her country's major literary prizes. Only now is her extraordinary achievement as a poet becoming more widely recognized beyond Latin America. Ocampo's poetry occupies a mythical, enigmatic space with its meditations on love's travails, intuitions of kinship between plant and animal realms, and inquiries into place and family and memory. This is the first collection of Ocampo's poetry to appear in English and displays the full range of her production-from her first published book in 1942 to her last in 1972, from her early sonnets on native landscape and history to her explorations of myth and classical history and love's depths, as well as the metaphysical turn in her later verse.