The postie has been a fount of book bountifulness this week, bless him. I think, therefore, it is worth letting you know what is sat here on the mantelpiece waiting to be read over the coming weeks:

In fiction, I'm excited to note that Tom McCarthy's new novel, Men in Space, due out in September, has landed. I'll be interviewing Tom about his latest book around the time of publication. In addition, a couple of good classics have also arrived: Flaubert's Madame Bovary, in the Penguin Red Classics range, with -- don't you know! -- a cover design by Manolo Blahnik (him of the shoes); a new translation of the classic that inspired Roland Barthes' seminal S/Z, Balzac's Sarrasine (from Hesperus); and Hermann Hesse's The Journey to the East (from Peter Owen).

In politics, Murphy and Mustapha's The Philosophy of Antonio Negri: Revolution in Theory - Volume 2 is out now, as is Robert Albritton's Economics Transformed: Discovering the Brilliance of Marx. Patrick Cockburn's The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq (Verso) has a new edition coming out in September. In On the Brink (Politico's), Tyler Drumheller a "former CIA chief" exposes "how intelligence was distorted in the build-up to the war in Iraq."

In philosophy, author William Allen has been kind enough to send me his Ellipsis: Of Poetry and the Experience of Language after Heidegger, Hölderlin, and Blanchot which looks great. More on this anon.

In art, three titles from Thames & Hudson are noteworthy: Andréa Lauterwein's Anselm Kiefer / Paul Celan: Myth, Mourning and Memory, Francis Bacon: The Violence of the Real, edited by Armin Zweite and Maria Müller and, as I've already mentioned and am currently thoroughly enjoying, Linda Nochlin's essays on Courbet.

Readers Comments

  1. Oh good grief, a Flaubert cover by Blahnik ... there goes any profit I might have made this month. Order coming up!

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