NEWS AND UPDATES
THE WORD IS OUT: CRITICS PRAISE THROUGH THREE ROOMS HE RAVE
Early reviews are in for our new translation of Sven Elvestad's Through Three Rooms and they are glowing! Some of the top voices in the genre are calling it "thoroughly entertaining" and "enjoyable"
Tom Mead, author of 'Death and the Conjuror'
“(A) brisk, pacey and thoroughly entertaining page-turner by one of crime fiction's unsung heroes. It's a good old-fashioned thriller that benefits immeasurably from a concise, skilful translation, and is well worth rediscovering.”
Martin Edwards, novelist and author of 'The Life of Crime'
“(A)n entertaining country house mystery novella…(t)he pace is fast and the story an enjoyable example of the traditional murder mystery.”
Kate Jackson, author of How to Survive a Classic Crime Novel and www.crossexaminingcrime.com
“Like the expert marksmanship displayed in this story, Riverton shows excellent aim in picking off our (genre-trained) assumptions about the mystery enclosed. Fortunately police detective Asbjørn Krag, Norway's answer to Sherlock Holmes, is not so dazzled by the 'inexplicable and the mysterious' in this country house murder mystery.”
A NEW TRANSLATION OF A SCANDINAVIAN MYSTERY CLASSIC
Available from 27.04.23
It's been more than a year in preparation, but the release of a new Sven Elvestad is just around the corner! Despite being written more than a hundred years ago, Through Three Rooms has never before been available in English, so this is a ground-breaking new release. In fact, it might just be the first new English translation from the 'Father of Norwegian Crime Fiction' in over 100 years!
What's more, prominent writer and broadcaster Nils Nordberg has written a fascinating introduction about Elvestad, with his "bottle-bottom glasses and bluest nose north of the Alps."
It will be launched on 27th April 2023, but right now you can get your pre-order paperback from Kabaty Press for the guaranteed lowest price on the market. Hurry, as once it launches the price will go back up!
THE GRAND DUKE'S...BOOK LAUNCH
2 December 2022
We are thrilled to announce the launch of another book in the Scandinavian Mystery Classic series. This time, it's the Grand Duke's Last Chance (previously published in 1924 under the title 'The Grand Duke's Finances). It's by the effervescent Frank Heller and features the gentleman-swindler Mr. Collin.
The Westminster Gazette called it “A story of national bankruptcy, revolution and high adventure in the curious Grand Duchy of Minorca and elsewhere…It is all wildly impossible but none the less amusing on that account.”
It's available in eBook, paperback and hardcover from Kabaty Press and all good booksellers.
THE MYSTERY OF THE LOST BULLION - FREE DOWNLOAD
30 June 2022
As promised, through 2022 we are releasing a number of free Frank Heller short stories! 'The Mystery of the Lost Bullion' was first printed in Everybody's Magazine and features everyone's favourite criminal/sleuth, Mr Philip Collin (also known as Professor Pelotard).
It's available direct or on your favourite eBook platform.
FREE SHORT STORY DOWNLOAD!
30th January 2022
A colourful bio is a great help to a writer, and early Swedish crime writer Frank Heller has a memorable one. Son of a clergyman, after some wild university years he fled Sweden pursued by the police on fraud charges - only to lose every penny of his ill-gotten gains at the casino in Monte Carlo. What to do? Apparently, crime writing was the answer, and a lucrative one it turned out to be.
We now have an early Frank Heller short story featuring his recurring hero, Mr Collin, available for free download on your favourite platform!
MARTIN EDWARDS ON KABATY PRESS
17th November 2021
31st October 2021
If you've ever read a British Library Crime Classic, you'll know Martin Edwards - he wrote the introduction (and probably picked the book as well). A talented crime writer in his own right, he's also THE authority on Golden Age detective fiction - you can see that he literally wrote the book, as per the cover on the left. So we were thrilled when Martin published a blog about Kabaty Press and was kind enough to say that "I think that outfits like Kabaty deserve every encouragement." He also read The Man Who Plundered the City (and noted it was "conspicuously well-produced") so please click through to read the full article!
31st October 2021
The day has finally arrived, and the new Kabaty Press edition of The Man Who Plundered the City by Sven Elvestad is now available for sale! You can buy the eBook direct from Kabaty Press (and support our work) - or if you prefer a paperback we've got those too!
You'll soon be able to buy the paperback at a whole range of online retailers (including the big A), but the eBook will remain exclusive to Kabaty Press.
UPCOMING NEW RELEASE
23rd September 2021
It's here! The new Kabaty Press edition of The Man who Plundered the City by the father of Norwegian crime fiction, Sven Elvestad will be launching on October 31st, 2021!
Want to know more about Elvestad, his detective Asbjørn Krag, and which city was plundered? Check out our new page and buy a copy!
EXPECTING A NEW ARRIVAL
4th August 2021
It's been a long wait, but finally - we're expecting a new arrival! The next book from Kabaty Press is planned for launch in October 2021. We can't give any details yet, but we can say - it's a crime novel originally published in 1924, and it comes from an author the New York Times Book Review called 'the Edgar Allan Poe of Scandinavia'. If you can't guess, stay tuned for more details shortly!
NEW BLOG ON TRANSLATION
January 24, 2021
We have Thoughts. On translation. On digital publishing. On publishing in a pandemic. And sometimes, a few lines isn't enough to share them. That's why from today we've added a blog to the site. We'll keep this page for the short and sharp announcements, but for the Thoughts, head over here!
KABATY PRESS ON POLSKIE RADIO
August 16, 2020
Recently Isobelle from Kabaty Press caught up with Michal Kubicki from Polskie Radio to chat about translations, Impressions of America, and what's next on the agenda for Kabaty Press. Have a listen here!
TO MELBOURNE, WITH LOVE
August 8, 2020
Kabaty Press is based in Warsaw, Poland, but our founder is from Melbourne, which is currently doing it tough under Covid. Not only is it the middle of winter, but there's a curfew in place from 8pm and you can't venture more than 5km from your house.
To send some love from Warsaw to Melbourne in this difficult time, we're therefore reducing the price of the Kindle edition of Impressions of America on Amazon.com.au by 75%, bringing it down to $4.99 AUD. This will run until the end of the lockdown in Melbourne (currently planned for six weeks from yesterday).
When rereading the introduction of Impressions, which was written after the First World War, it's striking how much Buszczynski's world has been turned upside down. Like us, he discovered that things we thought were fixed constants are no such thing. Despite that, it's helpful to remember that we're not the first to go through dark times and we will all come out the other side eventully.
Hang in there Melbourne.
PREPARE TO LAUNCH...
May 12, 2020
Publishing in a time of Covid is an interesting challenge. Sure, people are at home, hopefully reading, hopefully getting better acquainted with the digital channels that are Kabaty Press' bread and butter.
On the other hand, there is a giant, infectious, elephant in the room, dominating the news and people's attention. Not to mention the energy-sucking effects of constant worry.
Nevertheless, at Kabaty Press, we're all about the long term. We want to show that publishing doesn't have to work on a three-months-of-hype-then-give-up-and-remainder-the-rest cycle. So despite everything, we are excited to launch Impressions of America on 31st May. We'll be selling the ebook through the 'books' page on this website, as well as all major online retailers. The print copy will however be available exclusively at Amazon.
We'll be updating this webpage as we get closer to launch and we hope you'll come along with us on this journey!
OUR MISSION - UPDATED
September 13, 2019
Have you heard of an elevator pitch? It's when you get into an elevator with someone you're trying to impress and have roughly 3 seconds to summarise what you're working on.
It's substantially longer than a 3 second pitch but we at Kabaty Press have been spending some time recently thinking about the purpose of the business and what it's trying to achieve. You'll find the result on the Our mission page.
As always, if you have any thoughts we'd love to hear from you via our Contact Form.
TRANSLATION IN THE NEWS
April 10, 2019
It's been a big few weeks for translation in the news, and Polish literature as well, with the announcement of the Man Booker International short list. Once again Polish author Olga Tokarczuk features, this time with Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead.
The Guardian featured Tokarczuk and other translated writers in a feature on the relationship between writers and their translators ('It's a silent conversation: Authors and Translators on their Unique Relationship') . It's a fascinating read.
POLISH POET NOMINATED FOR US AWARD
February 13, 2019
Nominees for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in the US were announced recently, and renowned Polish poet Adam Zagajewski is among the poetry award finalists for his book 'Asymmetry'. Given the challenge of translating poetry, it is an achievement simply to be nominated and we note all the other finalists were writing in English. Congratulations to both Pan Zagajewski and his translator Clare Cavanagh.
The full list of nominees can be found here.
POLISH AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION - CALL FOR PAPERS
January 30, 2019
The Polish American Historical Association (PAHA) has put out a call for papers for their Conference/Annual Meeting in New York in January 2020.
While papers can be on any topics, they suggest reflecting on the three most recent anniversaries, the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence, the centennial of Polish women gaining voting rights, and PAHA’s 75th anniversary. Details of the submission guidelines can be found on the PAHA Call for Papers site and the deadline is April 15, 2019.