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Publisher Comments:

The NYRB Classics series is designedly and determinedly exploratory and eclectic, a mix of fiction and non-fiction from different eras and times and of various sorts. The series includes nineteenth century novels and experimental novels, reportage and belles lettres, tell-all memoirs and learned studies, established classics and cult favorites, literature high, low, unsuspected, and unheard of. NYRB Classics are, to a large degree, discoveries, the kind of books that people typically run into outside of the classroom and then remember for life.

Inevitably literature in translation constitutes a major part of the NYRB Classics series, simply because so much great literature has been left untranslated into English, or translated poorly, or deserves to be translated again, much as any outstanding book asks to be read again.

The series started in 1999 with the publication of Richard Hughes's A High Wind in Jamaica. NYRB Classics includes new translations of canonical figures such as Euripides, Dante, Balzac, and Chekhov; fiction by modern and contemporary masters such as Vasily Grossman, Mavis Gallant, Daphne du Maurier, Stefan Zweig, and Upamanyu Chatterjee; tales of crime and punishment by George Simenon and Kenneth Fearing; masterpieces of narrative history and literary criticism, poetry, travel writing, biography, cookbooks, and memoirs from such writers as Norman Mailer, Lionel Trilling, and Patrick Leigh Fermor; and unclassifiable classics on the order of J. R. Ackerley's My Dog Tulip and Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy. Fall 2009 sees the publication of the series' first graphic novel, Poem Strip by Dino Buzzati, translated into English for the first time.

Published in handsome uniform trade paperback editions, almost all the 250 NYRB Classics included in this collection feature an introduction by an outstanding writer, scholar, or critic of our day. Taken as a whole, NYRB Classics may be considered a series of books of unrivaled variety and quality for discerning and adventurous readers.

This collection includes one each of the following titles:

A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes

Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser

The Living Thoughts of Kierkegaard by Soren Kierkegaard

Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

My Dog Tulip by J.R. Ackerley

My Father and Myself by J.R. Ackerley

The Other House by Henry James

Peasants and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman

A Handbook on Hanging by Charles Duff

Hindoo Holiday by J.R. Ackerley

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness by Daniel Paul Schreber

The Wooden Shepherdess by Richard Hughes

The Stories of J.F. Powers by J.F. Powers

Memoirs of Lorenzo Da Ponte by Lorenzo Da Ponte

Morte D'Urban by J.F. Powers

Records of Shelley, Byron, and the Author by Edward John Trelawny

Wheat that Springeth Green by J.F. Powers

Classic Crimes by William Roughead

The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren by Iona Opie

The Unknown Masterpiece by Honore de Balzac

Virgin Soil by Ivan Turgenev

The Glass Bees by Ernst Junger

The Pure and the Impure by Colette

The Waste Books by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr

Seven Men by Max Beerbohm

To Each His Own by Leonardo Sciascia

The Wine-Dark Sea by Leonardo Sciascia

Alfred and Guinevere by James Schuyler

The Pilgrim Hawk by Glenway Wescott

The Fox in the Attic by Richard Hughes

The Haunted Looking Glass by Edward Gorey

A House and Its Head by Ivy Compton-Burnett

Manservant and Maidservant by Ivy Compton-Burnett

Hadrian the Seventh by Fr. Rolfe

Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford

The Quest for Corvo by A.J.A. Symons

The Root and the Flower by L.H. Myers

The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton

Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Letty Fox by Christina Stead

The Golovlyov Family by Shchedrin

The Radiance of the King by Camara Laye

Eustace and Hilda by L.P. Hartley

Seduction and Betrayal by Elizabeth Hardwick

Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick

A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O'Brien

As a Man Grows Older by Italo Svevo

Autobiography of an Unknown Indian by Nirad C. Chaudhuri

Renoir, My Father by Jean Renoir

An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie

Letters: Summer 1926 by Boris Pasternak

Mr. Fortune' s Maggot by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Selected Works of Cesare Pavese by Cesare Pavese

The Life of Henry Brulard by Stendhal

On the Yard by Malcolm Braly

Selected Stories of Robert Walser by Robert Walser

The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll by Alvaro Mutis

Mawrdew Czgowchwz by James McCourt

The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley

The Outcry by Henry James

A Book of Mediterranean Food by Elizabeth David

Letters from Russia by Astolphe De Custine

Miserable Miracle by Henri Michaux

Riders in the Chariot by Patrick White

Summer Cooking by Elizabeth David

Corrigan by Caroline Blackwood

Great Granny Webster by Caroline Blackwood

Mary Olivier by May Sinclair

Randall Jarrell's Book of Stories by Randall Jarrell

The New Life by Dante Alighieri

The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout

The Unpossessed by Tess Slesinger

The Middle of the Journey by Lionel Trilling

The World of Odysseus by M.I. Finley

The Book of My Life by Girolamo Cardano

The Moon and the Bonfires by Cesare Pavese

Paris Stories by Mavis Gallant

Troubles by J.G. Farrell

In the Freud Archives by Janet Malcolm

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg

A Sorrow Beyond Dreams by Peter Handke

The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West

Prisoner of Love by Jean Genet

We Always Treat Women Too Well by Raymond Queneau

Witch Grass by Raymond Queneau

The Stuffed Owl by D.B. Wyndham Lewis

To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson

The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns

Walter Benjamin by Gershom Scholem

Fancies and Goodnights by John Collier

Shelley: The Pursuit by Richard Holmes

In Parenthesis by David Jones

Peking Story by David Kidd

Rene Leys by Victor Segalen

Black Sun by Geoffrey Wolff

Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon

The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares

The Day of the Owl by Leonardo Sciascia

Equal Danger by Leonardo Sciascia

Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret

Three Bedrooms in Manhattan by Georges Simenon

The Tenants of Moonbloom by Edward Lewis Wallant

The Towers of Trebizond by Rose MacAulay

Varieties of Exile by Mavis Gallant

My Century by Aleksander Wat

The World I Live In by Helen Keller

American Humor by Constance Rourke

The Ivory Tower by Henry James

The Gallery by John Horne Burns

Paris and Elsewhere by Richard Cobb

Apartment in Athens by Glenway Wescott

Envy by Yuri Olesha

The Moro Affair by Leonardo Sciascia

Nights in the Gardens of Brooklyn by Harvey Swados

Part of Our Time by Murray Kempton

The Case of Comrade Tulayev by Victor Serge

Boredom by Alberto Moravia

Contempt by Alberto Moravia

The Diary of a Rapist by Evan S. Connell

Monsieur Monde Vanishes by Georges Simenon

The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell

W. H. Auden's Book of Light Verse by W. H. Auden

Asleep in the Sun by Adolfo Bioy Casares

The Bog People by P.V. Glob

Moravagine by Blaise Cendrars

The Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam by Osip Mandelstam

Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker

The Furies by Janet Hobhouse

Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford

Indian Summer by William Dean Howells

Memoirs of Hecate County by Edmund Wilson

The Inferno of Dante Alighieri by Dante Alighieri

The Year of the French by Thomas Flanagan

Flaubert and Madame Bovary by Francis Steegmuller

The Late Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello

The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes by W.S. Merwin

The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

Blood on the Forge by William Attaway

The Child by Jules Valles

The Lord Chandos Letter by Hugo Von Hofmannsthal

The Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell

Count D'Orgel's Ball by Raymond Radiguet

War and the Iliad by Simone Weil

Anglo-Saxon Attitudes by Angus Wilson

The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual by Harold Cruse

Kaputt by Curzio Malaparte

Memed, My Hawk by Yashar Kemal

The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert by Joseph Joubert

The Thirty Years War by C.V. Wedgwood

Shakespeare by Mark Van Doren

The Stalin Front by Gert Ledig

Tropic Moon by Georges Simenon

Between the Woods and the Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor

A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor

Jejuri by Arun Kolatkar

The Man Who Watched Trains Go By by Georges Simenon

Mouchette by Georges Bernanos

Warlock by Oakley Hall

The New York Stories of Henry James by Henry James

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig

What's for Dinner? by James Schuyler

English, August by Upamanyu Chatterjee

Conundrum by Jan Morris

Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman

Mani by Patrick Leigh Fermor

Roumeli by Patrick Leigh Fermor

Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig

Stoner by John Williams

The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing

Red Lights by Georges Simenon

The Jeffersonian Transformation by Henry Adams

Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang

A Savage War of Peace by Alistair Horne

Clark Gifford's Body by Kenneth Fearing

The Strangers in the House by Georges Simenon

Pages from the Goncourt Journals by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt

They Burn the Thistles by Yashar Kemal

Born Under Saturn by Rudolf and Margot Wittkower

The Stray Dog Cabaret by Edited by Honor Moore and Catherine Ciepiela

Butcher's Crossing by John Williams

Dante by Erich Auerbach

The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton

That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda

The Engagement by Georges Simenon

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya

White Walls by Tatyana Tolstaya

Memoirs of Montparnasse by John Glassco

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

The Education Of A Gardener by Russell Page

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G. B. Edwards

Sunflower by Gyula Krudy

Novels in Three Lines by Felix Feneon

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The New York Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton

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All About H. Hatterr by G. V. Desani

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household

Memoirs of an Anti-Semite by Gregor von Rezzori

Soul by Andrey Platonov

Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself by Robert Montgomery Bird

Poems of the Late T'ang by A. C. Graham

Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky by Patrick Hamilton

Unforgiving Years by Victor Serge

Belchamber by Howard Sturgis

A Journey Round My Skull by Frigyes Karinthy

The Widow by Georges Simenon

The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig

Afloat by Guy de Maupassant

The Family Mashber by Der Nister

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

Names on the Land by George R. Stewart

Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Norman Mailer

Inverted World by Christopher Priest

My Fantoms by Theophile Gautier

Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage by Tim Robinson

In Hazard by Richard Hughes

Victorine by Maude Hutchins

Grief Lessons by Euripides

Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter

The Liberal Imagination by Lionel Trilling

The Queue by Vladimir Sorokin

Ringolevio by Emmett Grogan

Defeat: Napoleon’s Russian Campaign by Philippe-Paul de Segur

Don't Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

The Snows of Yesteryear by Gregor von Rezzori

The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm

School for Love by Olivia Manning

Chaos and Night by Henry de Montherlant

A Meaningful Life by L. J. Davis

Short Letter, Long Farewell by Peter Handke

Slow Homecoming by Peter Handke

Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih

The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

The Complete Fiction by Francis Wyndham

The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka

The Old Man and Me by Elaine Dundy

Summer Will Show by Syliva Townsend Warner

Niki by Tibor Dery

Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter

Stones of Aran: Labyrinth by Tim Robinson

The Cost of Living by Mavis Gallant

Memories of the Future by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

Poem Strip by Dino Buzzati

No Tomorrow by Vivant Denon

The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier

Review:

"First published in 1933, this new English translation of a short, bleak psychological drama from Simenon (1903 — 1989), creator of Inspector Maigret (Lock 14, etc.), dispassionately describes the fate of the odd Mr. Hire, a reclusive middle-aged man whose life of dull routine begins an inevitable slide into disaster when a prostitute is brutally murdered near his apartment in a Paris suburb. Guilty only of a slightly disreputable occupation, a voyeuristic fascination and an unusual physical appearance, Hire inadvertently seals his fate with mundane, unremarkable observations and suggestions. His concierge brings him to the attention of the police. Though Hire is aware of the net being spread for him and tries to escape it, eventually, like a swimmer struggling against an undertow, he's gradually exhausted and sucked further away from the safety of the shore. This is a quietly compelling story with no hero, no villain and no justice — just the inevitability of fate." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

On the outskirts of Paris, a prostitute is found murdered in a vacant lot. In a seedy apartment house nearby lives pasty, fat Mr. Hire. Mr. Hire, who earns his living through a petty postal scam, is a convicted pornographer, a peeping Tom, and, once a week, the unlikely star of a Parisian bowling club, where people think he works for the police. He is a faceless man of regular habits who keeps to himself and gives his neighbors the creeps. After the murder, Mr. Hires concierge points a finger at him: he was out late the night of the crime. The police have the suspect under 24-hour surveillance. They are only waiting for him to make the inevitable mistake and give himself away.

Except that creepy Mr. Hire is in fact an innocent man, whose only mistake is to have fallen head-over-heels in love with the wrong girl.

One of the most chilling and compassionate of Simenons extraordinary psychological novels, The Engagement explores the mystery of a blameless heart in a compromised soul.

About the Author

Georges Simenon (1903—1989) was born in Liege, Belgium. He started working as a reporter at the age of fifteen and by the end of his life had published hundreds of novels under his own name and sundry pseudonyms. Renowned all over the world for his series of mysteries featuring Inspector Maigret, Simenon was also the author of many psychological novels. The Engagement is one of eight novels by Simenon published by NYRB Classics.

John Gray is Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics. He is the author of many works of philosophy and is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Oxford.

Anna Moschovakis is the author of a book of poems, I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone and co-founder of the Ugly Duckling Presse. In 2005 she translated The Authentic Bistros of Paris for The Little Bookroom. She teaches Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590172285
Author:
Simenon, Georges
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Translator:
Moschovakis, Anna
Introduction:
Gray, John
Author:
Various
Author:
Gray, John
Author:
Moschovakis, Anna
Afterword by:
Gray, John
Afterword:
Gray, John
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New York Review Books
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.96x5.12x.32 in. .35 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "First published in 1933, this new English translation of a short, bleak psychological drama from Simenon (1903 — 1989), creator of Inspector Maigret (Lock 14, etc.), dispassionately describes the fate of the odd Mr. Hire, a reclusive middle-aged man whose life of dull routine begins an inevitable slide into disaster when a prostitute is brutally murdered near his apartment in a Paris suburb. Guilty only of a slightly disreputable occupation, a voyeuristic fascination and an unusual physical appearance, Hire inadvertently seals his fate with mundane, unremarkable observations and suggestions. His concierge brings him to the attention of the police. Though Hire is aware of the net being spread for him and tries to escape it, eventually, like a swimmer struggling against an undertow, he's gradually exhausted and sucked further away from the safety of the shore. This is a quietly compelling story with no hero, no villain and no justice — just the inevitability of fate." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , On the outskirts of Paris, a prostitute is found murdered in a vacant lot. In a seedy apartment house nearby lives pasty, fat Mr. Hire. Mr. Hire, who earns his living through a petty postal scam, is a convicted pornographer, a peeping Tom, and, once a week, the unlikely star of a Parisian bowling club, where people think he works for the police. He is a faceless man of regular habits who keeps to himself and gives his neighbors the creeps. After the murder, Mr. Hires concierge points a finger at him: he was out late the night of the crime. The police have the suspect under 24-hour surveillance. They are only waiting for him to make the inevitable mistake and give himself away.

Except that creepy Mr. Hire is in fact an innocent man, whose only mistake is to have fallen head-over-heels in love with the wrong girl.

One of the most chilling and compassionate of Simenons extraordinary psychological novels, The Engagement explores the mystery of a blameless heart in a compromised soul.

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