Friday, May 14, 2010

We Love Europa Editions

In 2005, a distinctive and immediately successful literary publisher was born. Europa Editions, whose corporate office is in Union Square in New York, was founded by Sandro Ferri and Sandra Ozzola Ferri, who are the owner-publishers of Rome-based Edizioni E/O, one of Europe’s most prestigious independent publishing houses. Sandro and Sandra were joined by veteran publisher Kent Carroll, formerly editor-in-chief at Grove Press. This team of three has created a distinguished list of mostly modern European fiction in translation. They also publish English authors. It helps that they have impeccable taste, unmatched connections, and the ability to hire the best translators in the business.

The physical format of each book is the same: all are trade paperbacks printed on creamy paper with French folds on the front and back covers. So these wonderful books are easy to spot on any shelf, and a treasure to hold in the hand.

Many are familiar with Europa’s biggest success to date: Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog. But we invite you to consider the other titles on their list. We carry virtually all of them, as we have learned that this is a publisher that we can truly trust to consistently deliver well-written, modern, literary fiction. The list spans many genres: general fiction, mystery, humor, and more. We especially like Jane Gardam’s two novels, Old Filth and The Man with the Wooden Hat, two novels about British attorney Sir Edward Feathers. Another English author published by Europa that we have loved for years is James Hamilton-Paterson, whose faux-travel memoirs (Cooking with Fernet Branca, Amazing Disgrace, and Rancid Pansies) are hysterically funny send-ups of the current rage for travel writing about Italy. And if you think you’ve run through every single Italian mystery series, we ask you to consider Massimo Carlotto, who was been called “the reigning king of Mediterranean noir” by one critic. His titles include The Goodbye Kiss, Death’s Dark Abyss, Poisonville, and The Fugitive.

Come in and have a look at these marvelous and affordable gems.

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