Peirene Press is an independent publisher that translates contemporary European literature into English. Each books is either an award winner or best seller in its original language and each is less than 200 pages, "…so you can read them in the same time it takes to watch a movie", says publisher Meike Ziervogel.
It's all really interesting; very focussed and considered. Books are released in sets of three (I love a set) and each set has a unifying theme. So far Peirene has produced a Series of the Female Voice (2010) and a Series of The Man (2011). 2012 will see The Small Epic series released.
They just happen to be superbly designed too. Both the actual books and the Press's catalogue are beautifully designed by Sacha Davison Lunt. Elegant, contemporary, irresistible. Head over to their website to find out more.