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2012-09-24 04:16 3003730 Anonymous (9781878972101.jpg 290x400 58kB)
Favorite publishing companies and some works/authors you've recently read/purchased in their catalog I've been really into... >Exact Change - Maldoror, Paris Peasant, Heresiarch + Co >New Directions - JTTEOTN, Artuad, Valery >NYRB - Stoner, Season of Migration to the North, Religio Medici >Twisted Spoon - Edition 69, Valerie and her Week of Wonders, Kafka lately.

8 min later 3003747 Anonymous
Soho Press They do a lot of mystery but their literary stuff is great

46 min later 3003839 Anonymous
/lit/ means "some 4chanfags who read" not "literary people" please, get it right

56 min later 3003853 Anonymous (lit sucks.jpg 663x496 237kB)
Yeah, I hate to say it but this thread is doomed. It's actually an attempt at literature related discussion. It's a shame because I would actually like to see some replies besides my own.

1 hours later 3003875 Anonymous
Dalkey and their edition of William Gaddis's J R is p. good, except for the shitty introduction by Rick Moody.

1 hours later 3003880 Anonymous
>>3003853 >lit sucks because everyone makes lists of books >OP asks for lists of books just because OP knows what he's talking about doesn't mean this is a "literature" thread or whatever

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>Peirene Press Just read their newest release, Sea of Ink by Richard Weihe, the other day. Pretty damn excited about next year's series. >New Directions Read Indian Nocturne by Antonio Tabucchi from them recently - was not fond of the ending/reveal, but the journey towards it I loved. >Hesperus Press Read The Topless Tower by Silvina Ocampo from them - I haven't read much from them in general, but I do admire them as a publishing company. Loved the Ocampo story, "children's lit," but in that extraordinary and creative way like Alice. >NYRB Classics Most recent I've read from them was The Wedding of Zein by Tayeb Salih, my first taste of Sudanese literature. I enjoyed the non-title stories too, but the one of Zein is of my favorite kind - fable-like and hitting all ranges of emotion. >Archipelago Press Haven't read anything from them lately, but I did purchase Prehistoric Times by Eric Chevillard recently. Before that, got Telegrams of the Soul by Peter Altenberg, which I've only picked through, but highly enjoy. >Wakefield Press The High Life by Jean-Pierre Martinet was my recent purchase/read from them. Very short, with the introduction almost as long as the text, but interesting. It reminds me of a kind of /r9k/ in book form. >Sun & Moon Press/Green Integer Bought The Crimson Bears by Tom LaFarge. Not entirely sure what it is, but the summary sounded interesting - "a fable for adults, avant-garde bears en voyage."

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>Pantheon Folklore & Fairy Tale Library Not really a publisher, but a series like NYRB Classics. I bought the Italian Folktales one by Italo Calvino. >Dalkey Archive I actually think the last one I read from them was Log of the S.S. The Mrs Unguentine, but I bought a load of their books in the summer sale. >Twisted Spoon Press Bought The Maimed by Hermann Ungar for a sharethread, though I still haven't gotten around to reading it. >Dedalus Books Last read from them was probably The Adventures of the Ingenious Alfanhui by Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio, a very colorful, sensory book with scenes that are so vivid they'll probably never fade from my mind. >Atlas Press Most recent purchase from them would be Lives of the Gods by Alberto Savinio - Giorgio de Chirico's brother. >Exact Change Most recent purchase would be Hebdomeros: With Monsieur Dudron's Adventure and Other Metaphysical Writings by Giorgio de Chirico. I'm planning to pick up a copy of The Hearing Trumpet soon though. This is a very nice thread btw, OP. I'm all about finding publishers who publish the sort of things I like, because that's the easiest way for me to find new works to check out.

1 hours later 3003896 Anonymous
>>3003730 >Artuad stopped right about thereabouts

1 hours later 3003902 Anonymous
survey sheet for a survey shit class/company even if it is not, who cares? you read the fucking book for the fucking content. do publishing companies have particular scent on their books? and i am sure as fuck that this is not a layout/typography/illuminated script thread. do you assignment somewhere else

1 hours later 3003903 Anonymous
>>3003902 Publishing companies do tend to stick with certain genres/types of books. Which makes it easy to find other books similar in content/style to the ones you already liked.

1 hours later 3003908 Anonymous
>>3003902 you couldn't much wronger on this one Bumping with Vintage. I know it's obvious, but I have bought a lot of Bernhard and Houellebecq off them recently.

1 hours later 3003910 Anonymous
>>3003902 no half-self-respecting surveyer would ever survey /lit/ about anything, ever

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>>3003887 A few more from me: >Tuttle Publishing Most recent read from them was Edogawa Ranpo's Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination. I didn't realize he was going to be so grotesque, but I like it (also got Moju: The Blind Beast by him, but I'm unfamiliar with the publisher on that one). >Telegram Books I think Jamilia by Chingiz Aitmatov was my most recent read from them (a novella, if anyone likes A Bride's Tale by Kaoru Mori I think they'd love this), but I bought Metropole by Ferenc Karinthy more recently, for that sharethread. >Stone Bridge Press Most recent purchase from them was an essay collection by Japan scholar Donald Richie - The Donald Richie Reader: 50 Years of Writing on Japan. >Featherproof Books AM/PM by Amelia Gray was my most recent read, though I read it very soon after Scorch Atlas by Blake Butler. Enjoyed Gray very much, Butler was a bit meh. >Writings from an Unbound Europe Another not really a publisher, a series from Northwestern University Press. Most recent purchase from them was an anthology of Estonian short stories, while most recent read was Olga Tokarczuk's House of Day, House of Night. I really like her blend of magical realism - it's not cheesy to me, but genuinely integrated into her small town settings (and small town big personalities).

1 hours later 3003950 Anonymous
>>3003730 Which are the ones you've read and which are the ones you've purchased OP?

14 hours later 3005016 Anonymous
I love Tuttle for translating and publishing so much Japanese literature.

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>>3003937 >Olga Tokarczuk's House of Day, House of Night Fucking amazing book. One of my favorites.

15 hours later 3005128 Anonymous
>>3005076 What makes it one of your favorites?

15 hours later 3005131 Anonymous
Dalkey and NYRB are god tier

15 hours later 3005141 Anonymous
>>3005131 What have you read from them lately?

15 hours later 3005155 Anonymous
>>3005141 NYRB: Sorokin's Ice Trilogy, Kosztolanyi's Skylark, Memories of the Future by Krzhizhanovsky, and I recently bought a copy of The Anatomy Of Melancholy which I have only flicked through so far. Dalkey: J R and The Recognitions by Gaddis and a couple of Flann O'Brien novels, but there is a lot of other stuff on my wish list.

16 hours later 3005174 Anonymous
>>3005155 What were your thoughts on Kosztolanyi? Skylark was the first I read of his, and he's since become a favorite author of mine (mostly through Kornel Esti). Skylark was what got me interested though - I remember there used to be an anon always mentioning it on here in threads asking for depressing works. The most overwhelming feeling I had when reading it was nostalgia though, for small towns and their desperation.

16 hours later 3005221 Anonymous
>>3003730 Twisted Spoon is great. Gotta love that Ungar.

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>>3003730 >>3005221 Have you anons that like TSP read any of their English original works yet? I think it's predominantly expat authors - Lukas Tomin, Travis Jeppesen, Joshua Cohen and some other guys. It seems like A Bouquet of Czech Folktales by Karel Jaromír Erben will be the next book out from them, in early December (hopefully). I'm damn excited about it - I love Czech lit and I love folklore, so. They've also been releasing more and more excerpts from Dreamverse by Jindrich Styrsky, so that'll probably be out soonish too.

16 hours later 3005260 Anonymous
Big props to Pushkin Press who have released a lot of Zweig and Bely's "Petersburg", which I've enjoyed. More genre specific but Subterranean Press do some really nice editions of new books (love Chang's "The Lifecycle of Software Objects") and other collections of stories (like reprinting Ligotti's old collections and doing compilations of short stories for many good genre writers). PS Publishing are a smaller, UK, operation but they do some good genre stuff too, like releasing nice editions for Zoran Zivkovic and publishing Esselmont's Malazan novels and Erikson's Malazan novellas.

18 hours later 3005433 Anonymous
Seconding Exact Change, they have an excellent selection of beautiful books you can't get elsewhere. New Directions is also baller; they're my main source for Dylan Thomas, William Carlos Williams, Octavio Paz and lots of other modernist texts. Grove Press has a generally excellent selection, although their books are a bit ugly. I have a couple absolutely fantastic volumes of poetry (Frank O'Hara and Guillaume Apollinaire) from the University of California Press. And, although it's technically not a publishing company, Vintage has impeccable taste and good-looking editions. Nice thread OP

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23 hours later 3006211 Anonymous (Harlequins_Millions.jpg 1200x1200 132kB)
Anyone else really looking forward to any upcoming releases from favorite publishers? I've personally been waiting for Archipelago Books to come out with Harlequin's Millions by Bohumil Hrabal for a while - they've pushed back the release a few times, for some reason. But being a Hrabal novel and featuring elderly characters (two things which describe quite a few of my favorite novels), I am very excited about it.

23 hours later 3006227 Anonymous
>>3006211 favorite novels with elderly characters? huh

23 hours later 3006250 Anonymous
>>3006227 I meant that a lot of my favorites are by Hrabal and/or feature elderly characters. Like The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington, Skylark by Dezso Kosztolanyi, Too Loud a Solitude by Hrabal, many Kawabata works and others.

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>>3005467 Too mainstream, obviously.

32 hours later 3007086 Anonymous
>>3005467 >>3007080 nah, I think it just goes without saying.

32 hours later 3007089 Anonymous
nobody said verso you fascist niggers? op, if you like exact change, buy the chris marker dvd and put it up on piratebay

32 hours later 3007095 Anonymous
>>3003730 I read a couple of interesting books from Calamari Press. Specifically Motorman (David Ohle) and Singing Fish (Peter Markus).

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>Wordsworth Classics My ugly apartment isn't ugly enough

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>>3007095 Calamari Press does seem interesting! I've only read Motorman so far, but I'm going to pick up those story collections by Markus eventually, as I really enjoyed Bob, or Man on Boat. They also publish Gary Lutz and Blake Butler, both of whom I want to look into.

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