Books by Mike Mitchell

OPERATION YELLOW STAR / BLACK THURSDAY by Maurice  Rajsfus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"A heartfelt, timely plea to remember past atrocities."
An unsparing indictment of Paris police during the Nazi occupation. Read full book review >
THREE TEARLESS HISTORIES by Erich Hackl
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"These powerful inquiries spurred by photos are history made flesh, the untold lives of the mostly forgotten."
The clash of fascism and communism on two continents over half a century, as traced through a few family photographs. Read full book review >
ADOLFO KAMINSKY by Sarah Kaminsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Writing in Adolfo's voice gives this suspenseful narrative candor and immediacy."
A brilliant forger's 29-year resistance against oppression. Read full book review >
WHERE TIGERS ARE AT HOME by Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès
Released: March 5, 2013

"If you're a fan of Foucault's Pendulum and its kin, you'll enjoy Blas de Roblès' concoction."
Psychodrama meets history meets mystery—vintage Umberto Eco territory, as practiced by French philosophy professor turned novelist Blas de Roblès. Read full book review >
EROS by Helmut Krausser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Though occasionally slow-moving, this narrative explores major themes of obsession, passion and control."
A novel of obsession—only partially erotic—that spans 50 years of German history, from World War II till the fall of the Berlin Wall. Read full book review >
DEATH AND THE DEVIL by Frank Schatzing
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Lackluster characters populate a choppy narrative."
First published in Germany in 1995, this historical novel from Schatzing (The Swarm, 2005, etc.) concerns a 13th-century petty thief who witnesses the murder of a renowned cathedral architect. Read full book review >
FEVER by Friedrich Glauser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"First published in 1936, Glauser's offbeat tale, alternately chilling and droll, offers welcome insight into early European crime fiction."
Obsessive Police Sergeant Studer investigates a pair of strange murders in a strange land. Read full book review >
AN AFTERNOON WITH ROCK HUDSON by Mercedes Deambrosis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2006

"Slim but potent."
An accidental meeting between two old acquaintances turns into a long evening of bitter, drunken humiliations for both. Read full book review >
IN MATTO’S REALM by Friedrich Glauser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Complex characters, a deft puzzle and an authoritative sense of place compensate for a pace slower than most modern readers are used to. It's worth noting that Glauser, a diagnosed schizophrenic, wrote most of his novel while institutionalized."
The first English translation of a widely respected crime novel originally published as a serial in 1936. Read full book review >
THE CLASS by Hermann Ungar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2004

"Like a glimpse three-quarters of a century back into a world that has wholly vanished: formal, constrained, class-ridden, quintessentially European. Fascinating."
The first English translation of Czech author Ungar's extremely interesting second novel, published in 1927, preceding the better-known The Maimed (1928, 2002). Read full book review >
MILAGROSA by Mercedes Deambrosis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2002

"An exceptional debut, sensitive and rich without sentimentality."
A finely crafted first novel that, in the form of a young woman's childhood recollections of her mother, creates a portrait of the last days of Franco's Spain. Read full book review >
THE MAIMED by Hermann Ungar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2002

"Unusual and unsettling: what a film it would make."
First English translation of a bleak 1928 novel by a forgotten Czech member of the generation of Döblin, Brecht, and Werfel. Read full book review >
ANDROIDS FROM MILK by Eugen Egner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2002

"Vonnegut in his heyday did it better."
A Candide-like protagonist stuck in time, at the age of 17, who attracts the attentions of ineffably sinister "primate researchers"—that's the thin premise stretched to unwieldy length in this amiable yet labored futurist comic fantasy by a well-known German graphic artist and playwright. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF COURAGE by Johann Grimmelshausen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2001

"A rich, sly entertainment."
A companion volume to Mitchell's (equally fine) earlier translation of Grimmelshausen's classic 1688 satire Simplicissimus, this defiantly earthy first-person narrative (which followed it closely, in 1670) contains the "confession" of the resourceful camp follower and entrepreneur who schemed and prospered throughout the carnage of the Thirty Years' War (1618-48)—and inspired the eponymous heroine of Brecht's epic political play Mother Courage and Her Children In Grimmelshausen's hands, Courage is a resolutely apolitical survivor: a highborn beauty brought low, who combats social and sexual disenfranchisement and victimization with a gusto that blithely negates her creator's intermittent moralizing, and puts her in a class with Defoe's Moll Flanders. Read full book review >
THE OTHER SIDE by Alfred Kubin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2000

"Blackly funny and boldly imagined, it's an authentic modernist masterpiece."
A new translation of a phantasmagoric allegorical (1908) novel—the only one completed by the renowned Austrian expressionist graphic artist (1877-1959)—that has often been compared to Mervyn Peake's fabulistic Gormenghast. Read full book review >