Book List:15 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 timeThis is the first English-language translation of Jean...


  • In the fall of 1849, Herman Melville traveled to London to deliver his novel White-Jacket to his publisher. On his return to America, Melville would write Moby-Dick. Melville: A Novel imagines what happened in between: the adventurous writer fleeing ...


  • 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 wom...



  • The Serpent of Stars(Le serpent dtoiles, 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. The na...


  • Long regarded as one of France's finest writers, Jean Giono (1895-1971) is best known for his classic best seller The Man Who Planted Trees. Conscription reaches into the hills as the First World War comes to a small Provencial community one blazing ...


  • Set in the remote High Hill country of Provence, the lives of the inhabitants are molded along fiercely passionate lines. Two brothers are members of a family renowned for its brutality and strong ties. Yet this affection turns to hatred after Marcea...


  • 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...



  • 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 ...




  • 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...