Book List in Order:16 titles

  • An existential detective story by one of France's most popular modern writers, set in a mid-nineteenth century mountain village, available in English for the first time A King Alone is set in a remote Alpine village that is cut off from the world by ...


  • Originally published to promote his French translation of Moby-Dick, Jean Giono's Melville: A Novel is an astonishing literary compound of fiction, biography, personal essay, and criticism.In the fall of 1849, Herman Melville traveled to London to d...


  • An NYRB Classics Original Deep in Provence, a century ago, four stone houses perch on a hillside. Wildness presses in from all sides. Beyond a patchwork of fields, a mass of green threatens to overwhelm the village. The animal world—a miming cat, a...


  • "Peasant civilization possesses as a gift human qualities which philosophical civilizations spend centuries first defining, then desiring, and finally losing." —Jean GionoA true forebear of magical realism, French author Jean Giono created men and w...



  • The Serpent of Stars (Le serpent d¢étoiles, 1993; reprinted 1999 Grasset) takes place in rural southern France in the early part of the century. The novel’s elusive narrative thread ties landscape to character to an expanse just beyond our grasp...


  • Written in chilling detail, this novel describes the effect of World War I on a small community in Provence. In some of the most fiercely realistic and horrifying scenes of war ever recreated in literature, this story evokes the harsh, primitive c...


  • Two brothers, Marceau and Ange Jason, are members of a family renowned and respected for its brutality and are therefore bound together with ties stronger than those of ordinary brotherly love. This affection soon turns to hatred after Marceau kills ...


  • The Solitude of Compassion, a collection of short stories never before available in English, won popular acclaim when it was originally published in France in 1932. It tells of small-town life in Provence, drawing on a whole village of fictional char...






  • Of Sailor's twin sons, the elder is dead and the younger is missing. A simple woodsman, Sailor resolves to find the boy, fearing the worst. Soon after he and his friend Antonio set off, they stumble across a blind girl giving birth. This strange circ...



  • Panturle lives in the village of Aubignane, in the Provencal uplands. He is a huge man: "When he met a living animal, he looked at it without moving: it was a fox, a hare, or a big snake in the rubble. He did not move; he took his time. He knew that ...


  • Angelo, a young Hussar colonel and expert swordsman, has had to escape into France from his native Piedmont after killing an Austrian police-spy in a duel. Travelling the roads of Provence disguised as a French workman, he falls in with an eccentric ...


  • From the Translator's Foreward: "Two plagues ravaged Europe in 1848: Asiatic cholera and the fever of revolution. Giono, who in The Horseman on the Roof exposed his hero, Angelo Pardi, to an earlier cholera plague in France, now sets him wandering in...



  • Perhaps no other of his novels better reveals Giono's perfect balance between lyricism and narrative, description and characterization, the epic and the particular, than The Horseman on the Roof. This novel, which Giono began writing in 1934 and whic...