Spain’s fiction list, which placed newcomers in the top three spots in March, saw Kate Morton’s The Distant Hours take the top position. The book, published in the U.S. by Atria, received a starred review from PW back in late 2010, stating the revelatory secrets in the book “will stun readers.” Spain’s #3 book, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, has also seen success in Germany, where it’s been in and out of the top spot since January. The book was first published by Piratförlaget in September 2009 in Sweden, where it was the bestselling book of 2010. A Swedish film adaptation is expected to begin in summer 2012, and Hyperion will publish the book in the U.S. in September.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, who landed at #4 in Italy with The Prisoner of Heaven, has published a number of books in the U.S., most recently The Midnight Palace from Little, Brown in May 2011. Prisoner will be published by Harper in June 2012.
Sweden’s top nonfiction title, an autobiography of the famous Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has both an e-book version and an app in the iTunes App Store in the U.S.—but no print version. The publisher, Albert Bonniers, published the book in November 2011 for major e-booksellers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. The app sells for $9.99 and has features like interactive looks at Ibrahimovic’s many tattoos.