NYC Book Haul: Martin Amis, Merce Rodoreda, Werner Herzog, Sorokin, and More

(Art bought at a street market, and a book of cool stickers.)

Our trip to New York City was very bad for our financial health, in that we wound up finding certain books irresistible. Here are a few highlights, not including books gifted to us by Lawrence Schimel, and the book accompanying the Alexander McQueen fashion exhibit. I’ll be covering those in two separate posts…


Which of these doesn’t go with the others? The one on the right is an Archipelago book, btw—they do awesome editions.

My Kind of Girl by Buddhadeva Bose
The Spirit of Terrorism by Jean Baudrillard
Story of the Eye by Georges Battaille


Both of these books look fascinating. I’d heard of Ice, but not the other one, which seems to fall into a kind of pseudo-surreal mode. With guinea pigs!

The Guinea Pigs by Ludvik Vaculik
Ice Trilogy by Vladimir Sorokin


I picked up an extra copy of the Straub-edited antho for my contributor copy library. The Grant is by an author previously known for his fantasy and science fiction novels. This one is about World War II and by all accounts supposed to be great.

American Fantastic Tales:Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940’s UntilNow (Library of America)
Another Green World by Richard Grant


Another in what I call the Semiotexte Unsettling Subversion series, along with my friend Magpie’s first novel—given to me at the B&N Steampunk Bible event!

This is Not a Program by Tiqqun
What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower by Margaret Killjoy


I have no idea what In a Strange Room is about, but I can’t resist Europa editions. It could be four hundred pages about an ant getting stepped on and I’d buy it. As for the Herzog…c’mon, who can NOT buy that!?

In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut
Conquest of the Useless by Werner Herzog


I’ve already got a (shorter) collection of Rodoreda’s stories, but this one looks more definitive, with new translations (one of which appears in our Weird antho). The other book was gifted to us by Richard A. Kirk, and I can’t wait to dive in. Looks surreal and grotesque and marvelous.

The Selected Stories of Merce Rodoreda
The Lost Machine by Richard A. Kirk


Yeah, that’s right, I like Martin Amis, all you Amis haters. He’s usually pretty brilliant. Just don’t go in wanting to read about nice people. He doesn’t usually write nice people. Ooh–and there’s Happily Ever After, the new antho edited by John Klima.

The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis
Happily Ever After by John Klima


  1. GabrielM says

    Was good to see you! (BTW, I think you mean the one on the left is an Archipelago book.)

    Gabriel M