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Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra

Saga/Circus by Lyn Hejinian

Said and Done by James Morrison

The Salt Smugglers by Gerard de Nerval

Sarah—Of Fragments and Lines by Julie Carr

Satantango by László Krasznahorkai

Scape by Joshua Harmon

The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch

The Seamstress and the Wind by César Aira

Season of Ash by Jorge Volpi

Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo by Peter Orner

Second Simplicity: New Poetry and Prose, 1991-2011 by Yves Bonnefoy

The Secret River by Kate Grenville

Secret Son by Laila Lalami

The Selected Letters of Anthony Hecht

Selected Poems by Geoffrey Hill

Selected Poems by Jaan Kaplinski

Self-Portrait Abroad by Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Self-Portrait of an Other by Cees Nooteboom and Max Neumann

The Semantics of Murder by Aifric Campbell

Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya

A Sensual Anti-Novel: Juan the Landless by Juan Goytisolo

The Seven Madmen by Roberto Arlt

Shadowplay by Norman Lock

The Shape of Things to Come by Greil Marcus

Show Up, Look Good by Mark Wisniewski

Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

The Silence Room by Sean O’Brien

Silent House by Orhan Pamuk

Six Novels in Woodcuts by Lynd Ward

The Sixty-Five Years of Washington by Juan Jose Saer

The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolaño

Slut Lullabies by Gina Frangello

The So-Called Other Europe: Best European Fiction 2010 edited by Aleksandar Hemon

Sobbing Superpower: Selected Poems of Tadeusz Różewicz

So Many Ways to Begin by Jon McGregor

The Song of Everlasting Sorrow by Wang Anyi

Sons and Other Flammable Objects by Porochista Khakpour

Sophia by Michael Bible

Souls of the Labadie Tract by Susan Howe

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Spanish Noir: Tattoo: A Pepe Carvalho Mystery by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

The Spare Room by Helen Garner

The Sri Lankan Loxodrome by Will Alexander

‘SSES”‘SSES”“SSEY’ by Chaulky White

The State of Gaddis: William Gaddis, “The Last of Something”: Critical Essays eds. Crystal Alberts, Christopher Leise, and Birger Vanwesenbeeck

Stella by Siegfried Lenz

Stone Upon Stone by Wiesław Myśliwski

Stories about Stories from Iraq: The Madman of Freedom Square by Hassan Blasim

Storm Still by Peter Handke

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

The Storyteller by Walter Benjamin

Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue [1]

Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue [2]

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Summer in Baden-Baden by Leonid Tsypkin

The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy

Sunset Oasis by Bahaa Taher

Suspension by Robert Westfield

Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones

Systems of Survival: The Great Wave by Ron Slate

Bonus Articles


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The Constant Conversation

Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name

Francisco Goldman is an unlikely Hades. Other than the cartoonish arch of his black eyebrows and his swarthy overall appearance, he is more Pan than underworld overlord. He is quick to laugh and does so with abandon; he has an infectious appreciation for beauty and eccentricity, is prone to exuberance, flights of fancy.

Mr. Stein drops knowledge

Mr. Lorin Stein making a direct link between the decline of independent booksellers and the falling number of so-called "midlist" literary authors.

Paris Review interview with Anne Carson

We’re big Anne Carson fans around here, so I’d be remiss not to point out that she’s interviewed in the newest Paris Review. This exchange, about a line from Carson’s poem “Stanzas, Sexes, Seductions,” is both interesting–I love Carson’s description of the way the line came to her–and amusing: INTERVIEWER The other line, the one I persist in [...]

The National Humanities Medal, or, the New York Times misses a trick

Yesterday, the Times’s Arts Beat blog featured a post titled “Roth and Oates to receive National Humanities Medals.” Which led me to ask: Where’s Hall? Today, I learned, from an amazing photo on the National Journal Tumblr, that Hall was right there the whole time! Poet Donald Hall, that is. Oh, and the Oates was Joyce Carol. Still, [...]

Why Shop Indie?

"No one should shop at Green Apple out of charity or pity or noblesse oblige, but because you want what we've got. You mold the retail landscape with every purchase; vote wisely."

A little love for Melville House covers

I make a point of encouraging my friends to get their books from me, to consider me their personal bookseller, and to send me e-mails, text messages, or smoke signals whenever they need a book. I like it. It's still very personal, it's reasonably reliable, and it really does strike me as a great marriage of modern convenience and old fashioned bookselling.

“Nothing genuine in a poem, or so I have learned the hard way, can be willed,” or, Charles Simic on sources of inspiration

Over at the New York Review of Books blog, Charles Simic has written a wandering, endearing post about where poets get their ideas, the way those ideas transform in the process of writing, and the “uncertain and often exasperating” work of writing a poem. The post is full of wonderful lines–the sort of aphoristic observations [...]

Mister K meets Mister M

Peter Mendelsund, one of the industry's top designers (and, honestly, one of my favorites) explains the hideous choices he made when redesigning Kafka for Schocken. On the plus side, there's the gorgeous typography by Julia Sysmäläine developed from Kafka's own handwriting (!) and the brilliant Knopf/Arendt story for industry nerds. Enjoy.

“This poetry is not an ornament to the uprising—it is its soundtrack and also composes a significant part of the action itself.”

At Jadilayya, Elliott Colla has published an interesting and informative piece about the role of poetry–slogans and more–in the current protests in Egypt, as well as in earlier protests and revolutions in Egyptian history. Colla writes of a feeling that will be familiar to anyone who’s been part of a demonstration, however small or inconsequential [...]

Congratulations to Peter Cole

Gabriel Josipovici hailed Cole’s work as a “treasure trove, a labour of love and exceptional erudition, which will open up . . . a world of poetry and culture as rich as anything in human civilization”.

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