Swedish Author’s Book on Preparing for Death Sells in 15 Languages
The Gentle Way of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson has now been sold in 15 languages by Susanna Lea Associates. Sales have been made to Nan Graham at Scribner in the U.S., Canongate (UK), Scribe (Australia), Fischer (Germany), and Bonniers (Sweden), among others. When the author’s husband died, she began to explore the concept of “death cleaning,” or, ordering your life before you die, so your loved ones don’t have to. The word for this in Swedish is Döstädning.
French Book on ISIS collects Sales
Published last month by French house Le Seuil, which also controls all rights, Le Djihad Et La Mort by Olivier Roy looks at the “Islamization of radicalism,” according to the publishing house. Rights have been sold to Oxford University Press (U.S.), Feltrinielli (Italy), Hurst (U.K.), among other houses. The book—which Le Seuil calls "polemical"—looks at the youths who join ISIS and their estrangement from society.
Norwegian Meditation on Silence Makes Noise Abroad
Norway’s Stilton Literary Agency control rights to Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge, which has now sold to publishers in 23 territories, including Bruna (the Netherlands), Knopf (U.S.), Einaudi (Italy), and Flammarion (France). Kagge Forlag published in Norway earlier this year. The author, who has written books on mountaineering/exploration and art collecting, explores questions such as where silence is, and why it is important in our age.
Classic Turkish Novel Sells for world English
Originally published in 1971 and considered a classic in Turkey, The Disconnected by Oguz Atay just sold to the U.K.'s Oneworld Publications in a world English rights deal. The author has received praise from Nobel winner Orhan Pamuk, and the book recently sold to Stereoma in Greece and binooki in Germany. Amy Spangler at Turkey-based AnatoliaLit Agency controls rights. In the novel, an engineer tries to learn why his friend committed suicide.