How Staying Small Helps New Directions Publish Great Books

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This article mentions Eka Kurniawan
Written by Maria Bustillos and was originally published in The New Yorker.
Feb 16, 2016


The best book that I read last year was a New Directions title, the novel “Beauty Is a Wound,” by the Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan. Despite its warm reception in Indonesia, getting the book to American readers was a difficult undertaking. Its author had no M.F.A., no New York agent, no stories in quarterlies or journals—no “proof of concept,” as they say in business circles.

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