Earlier, I mentioned my Editor's Corner Tuesday Top Ten feature (today featuring Two Ravens Press publisher Sharon Blackie). Well, I'm going to go ahead and steal my own idea (hardly original, for sure) and have a Tuesday Top Ten here on ReadySteadyBook ...

Below is a list -- how exciting is this! -- of Gabriel Josipovici's "top ten novellas – or short novels, or long short stories – books of about 100 pages that ask to be read in one go. I give the English title of standard translations for all except the Perec, which, so far as I know, has not been translated:"

  • Diderot, Rameau’s Nephew
  • Kleist, Michael Kohlhaas
  • Stifter, Ice Mountain (often translated as Rock Crystal)
  • Melville, Bartleby
  • Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilitch
  • James, The Turn of the Screw
  • Mann, Death in Venice
  • Kafka, Metamorphosis
  • Pinget, Passacaglia
  • Perec, Un Cabinet d’Amateur

Anyone have a copy of Adalbert Stifter's Ice Mountain they want to swap for ... a pile of new books? I can't find a copy anywhere! Actually, I do have a copy (of the Pushkin Press version): I best read it!

Readers Comments

  1. Mark, I think this is also translated as "Rock Crystal." You can buy it from Pushkin Press:, which takes you to There are a few cheap second hand copies left, though only a few ...

  2. Oh, right -- that's me being very, very daft. I have the Pushkin ... somewhere!

    NYRB Classics are publishing a version in October too:

  3. What joy this brings!

    Lee Rourke

  4. ah, excellent.... and I'm on a Josipovici high, having just read The Singer on the Shore... much to ponder!

  5. Passacaglia by Pinget is available in Dalkey Archive's edition called Trio:

  6. Bailbondsman - Stanley Elkin.

  7. BritLitBlogger Stewart has written about Stifter's Rock Crystal here:

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