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Once and for All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz

by Delmore Schwartz, Craig Morgan Teicher & John Ashbery

The publication of this book restores a missing chapter in the history of twentieth-century American literature

With his New Directions debut in 1938, the twenty-five-year-old Delmore Schwartz was hailed as...


The Yellow Sofa

by José Maria de Eça de Queirós & John Vetch

A compassionate tale of marriage, manners, and betrayal, from the Portuguese master José Maria Eça de Queirós, the first great modern Portuguese novelist, wrote The Yellow Sofa with (in his own words) “no...


Travesty

by John Hawkes

An exceptionally brilliant novel from “our most interesting writer” (Flannery O’Connor) Travesty is John Hawkes’s most extreme vision of eroticism and comic terror. In the south of France, an elegant...


Confessions

by Rabee Jaber & Kareem James Abu-Zeid

A powerful novel about trauma and forgiveness, from the winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction During the violence and chaos of the Lebanese Civil War, a car pulls up to a roadblock on a narrow...


Voyage Around My Room

by Xavier de Maistre, Stephen Sartarelli & Richard Howard

A lively and utterly singular travelogue of the intricate curiosities that are directly within one’s own reach In 1790, while serving in the Piedmontese army, the French aristocrat Xavier de Maistre (1763–1852)...


A Barbarian in Asia

by Henri Michaux & Sylvia Beach

A wild journey to the East narrated by a writer who is “without equal in the literature of our time” (Jorge Luis Borges) Henri Michaux (1899–1984), the great French poet and painter, set out as a young...


Baby Doll & Tiger Tail: A screenplay and play by Tennessee Williams

by Tennessee Williams

A taut, vivid drama of a voluptuous child-bridge who refuses to consummate her marriage to an older, down-on-his-luck cotton-gin owner. In 1956, Time magazine called Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll "just...


Vieux Carre

by Tennessee Williams & Robert Bray

Born out of the journals the playwright kept at the time, Tennessee Williams's Vieux Carré is not emotion recollected in tranquility, but emotion re-created with all the pain, compassion, and wry humor of the...


Sweet Bird of Youth

by Tennessee Williams & Landford Wilson

Now with an insightful new introduction, the author's original Foreword, and the one-act play, The Enemy: Time, on which Sweet Bird of Youth was based. Tennessee Williams knew how to tell a good tale, and this...


Camino Real

by Tennessee Williams

Now with a new introduction, the author's original Foreword and Afterword, the one-act play 10 Blocks on the Camino Real, plus an essay by noted Tennessee Williams scholar, Michael Paller. In this phantasmagorical...


The Two-Character Play

by Tennessee Williams

A classic play by Tennessee Williams in a definitive, author-approved edition. Reality and fantasy are interwoven with terrifying power as two actors on tour—brother and sister—find themselves deserted by...


Lost Words

by Nicola Gardini & Michael F. Moore

Winner of the Viareggio Prize, a vivid portrait of Italy on the brink of social upheaval in the 1970s. Inside an apartment building on the outskirts of Milan, the working-class residents gossip, quarrel, and...


On the Edge

by Rafael Chirbes & Margaret Jull Costa

On the Edge is a monumental fresco of a brutal contemporary Spain in free fall On the Edge opens with the discovery of a rotting corpse in the marshes on the outskirts of Olba, Spain—a town wracked by despair...


Because She Never Asked (New Directions Pearls)

by Enrique Vila-Matas & Valerie Miles

A novella—half joke and half nightmare— by "Spain's most significant contemporary literary figure" (The New Yorker)

Because She Never Asked is a story reminiscent of that reached by the travelers in Patricia...


Tropisms

by Nathalie Sarraute & Maria Jolas

Nathalie Sarraute's stunning debut—vignettes of "inner movements"—foreshadowed the rise of the nouveau roman. Hailed as a masterpiece by Jean Genet, Marguerite Duras, and Jean-Paul Sartre, Tropisms is considered...


Battles in the Desert & Other Stories

by José Emilio Pacheco

Intense, despairing accounts of life in Mexico City. Seven stories depict harsh realities of life in urban Mexico and the tragedies of childhood innocence betrayed.


Montano's Malady

by Enrique Vila-Matas & Jonathan Dunne

A quirky, cosmopolitan novel about life and literature by the prize-winning Spanish writer Enrique Vila-Matas, author of Bartleby & Co. The narrator of Montano’s Malady is a writer named Jose who is so obsessed...


Mr. Kafka: And Other Tales from the Time of the Cult

by Bohumil Hrabal & Paul Wilson

Wonderful stories of Communist Prague by “the masterly Bohumil Hrabal” (The New Yorker) Never before published in English, the stories in Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult were written...


Dinner

by César Aira & Katherine Silver

Was it a nightmare—the result of a bad case of indigestion—or did something truly scary happen after dinner in the Argentine town of Coronel Pringles? One Saturday night a bankrupt bachelor in his sixties...


The Hotel Years

by Joseph Roth & Michael Hofmann

The first overview of all Joseph Roth’s journalism: traveling across a Europe in crisis, he declares,“I am a hotel citizen, a hotel patriot.” The Hotel Years gathers sixty-four feuilletons: on hotels;...