Vintage Classics is launching a new series of pocket-sized paperbacks celebrating translation. Vintage Editions will "transport readers to wherever in the world literary innovation may be found".
With an aim of "celebrating the audacity and ambition of the written word", the new series will launch on 3rd September with eight titles.
They comprise two titles by Emmanuel Carrère, Class Trip and "surreal, haunting black comedy" The Moustache; Phillipe Besson's In the Absence of Men, described as "a beautiful evocation of young love and lust"; Revenge by Yoko Ogawa, said to be full of "twisted tales"; Nada by Carmen Laforet, a "fiery portrait of coming-of-age"; The Search Warrant by Patrick Modiano; The Door by Magda Szabó; and Distant Star by Roberto Bolaño.
The series is said to have been "inspired by a European approach" choosing a "minimal" A-format design, with French flaps and a "provocative, eye-catching" off-centre panel.
Nick Skidmore, Vintage Classics senior editor, said: "The Vintage catalogue has long been home to some of the most prized and prize-winning authors from across the world and so I’m thrilled that with Vintage Editions we now have a dedicated list with which to celebrate that range and versatility of our backlist in translation.
"All the titles in the Vintage Editions list are contemporary classics in their own right – books that surprise, transport and destabilise something in their reader – and the confident, bold design is a statement of the series’ ambitions. I’m excited to see how the list grows as a part of Vintage Classics."
Hattie Adam-Smith, editorial director of Vintage Classics, said: "We’re excited to be launching the Vintage Editions series under the Vintage Classics imprint; we very much hope that this series will grow and evolve over the coming years, showcasing some of the most exciting modern literature in translation.
"Each of these beautiful, small format books have been carefully chosen for the series because we believe that they have something unique to offer the reader. When travel is limited to us, as it is at the moment, we hope that readers will find escape and solace by exploring these wonderful books, and in doing so, see the world a little differently."