Europa Editions has launched a non-fiction imprint, Europa Compass, with the first book coming from French author Antoine Compagnon in May.
Europa Editions described the new imprint as featuring “sophisticated yet accessible” titles on travel and contemporary culture, on popular science, history, philosophy, and politics. “Europa Compass will publish books that are informative, entertaining and diverse, and which will introduce Anglophone readers to new voices and points of view from all four corners of the map,” a spokesperson for the independent publisher said.
Europa Compass titles are published “in a trim size” that is slightly smaller than the trademark paperback editions and many “will be slim volumes that can be read in a handful of sittings and remembered for a lifetime”. By 2020, Europa Compass will publish six to eight titles a year.
A Summer With Montaigne by Compagnon, a French author, professor, and commentator, will be the first book to be published under the imprint in May. Compagnon explores the life and impact of Michel de Montaigne across 40 brief chapters, placing the 16th century French philosopher and essayist in a very contemporary context and underlining how his “essays” remain a moving commentary on what it means to be a human, Europa said.
Other forthcoming titles coming from Europa Compass in 2019 include Out of Italy (July), a reissue of the classic treatise on the Italian Renaissance by historian Fernand Braudel, The Brilliant Language in the autumn, by Andrea Marcolongo which is billed as “a love letter to ancient Greek and the ability of language to shape one’s world view”. Sylvain Tesson’s Berezina promises to be the “intrepid travel writer’s account of his journey tracing Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow to Paris in a motorcycle sidecar”.