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.
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.