Yarbrough's new novel is The Realm of Last Chances.
Earlier this month I asked the author about what he was reading. Yarbrough's reply:
Right now, I'm on something of a Hungarian fiction binge. Presently I am reading Peter Nadas's ambitious and challenging Parallel Stories. This comes on the heels of a Gyula Krudy collection from NYRB titled The Adventures of Sindbad. I have another Krudy novel on-deck, Sunflower, again from NYRB. The impetus for all of this is that some years ago, I became infatuated, like one of the characters in my own new novel The Realm of Last Chances, with the work of the Hungarian novelist Sandor Marai (Embers). Earlier this summer, I read a memoir by Marai, and started jotting down the names of the writers he mentioned, and I was pleased to discover that a great many of them are in print here, thanks mostly to NYRB. Many national literatures tend to be most impressive in a particular genre; in Poland, it's poetry, but in Hungary it's definitely the novel. Imre Kertesz and Gyorgy Konrad are two others I've long admired.Visit Steve Yarbrough's website.