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The Best International Book Releases of November 2017

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Updated: 31 October 2017
November is a month of rainstorms, leftovers, and quiet reading while the leaves on the sidewalk slowly come to outnumber the ones in the trees. The last of the year’s most awaited books are trickling in, as small press and larger houses gear up for 2018 — but that’s not to say that this month doesn’t bring a few well-worth-the-wait titles our way.

In particular, there are a few high-profile European authors appearing in translation stateside, as well as some reissues of neglected masters and new books by two Man Booker Prize-winners. Culled from non-English speaking countries, here are the best of November’s international releases.

Balcony in the Forest by Julian Gracq

The consummate prose stylist in French, Gracq was once thought untranslatable. But Richard Howard’s new English edition of The Balcony in the Forest gives us a lithe, dreamlike meditation on love and war set during the German incursion into the French-Belgian border, where Lieutenant Grange has been whiling away the days in a chalet in the Ardennes, unaware of the catastrophe at his door.

Courtesy NYRB Classics
Courtesy NYRB Classics

The World Goes On by László Krasznahorkai

The World Goes On is the latest book by Man Booker Prize-winning Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai. A labyrinthine series of journeys through Shanghai, Varanasi, and past the boundaries of consciousness itself, Krasznahorkai sometimes spins tales and sometimes speaks to us directly — yet his theme is always how one finds the world at precisely when one has determined to leave it behind.

Courtesy New Directions