Syrian Refugee's Memoir Sells in Romania
Last month, Allary Editions (France) published I’m From Aleppo: The Itinerary of an Ordinary Refugee by Joude Jassouma with Laurence de Cambronne. The book recently sold to Niculescu in Romania. Represented by 2 Seas Agency on behalf of Allary, the book is a first-person narrative about the author's escape from Syria. The author, a teacher, crossed the Mediterranean with his wife and daughter and settled in France.
Finnish Lifestyle Book Draws Suitors
The Nordic Kiss by Katja Pantzar, represented by Elina Ahlback of Elina Ahlback Literary Agency, has now sold in several foreign deals, including to Hodder UK, Roca (Spain) and Bastei Lübbe (Germany). Coming on the heels of a global interest in (and the publication of many books about) the Danish concept of "hygge," which is centered on the notion of taking pleasure in ordinary moments, this book helps readers discover the Nordic concept of "sisu." The author described sisu as "a unique type of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity.”
Spanish Novel Collects Sales
Kanada by Juan Gómez Bárcena, has sold to Secession Verlag (Germany) and Wereldbibliotheek (the Netherlands) in two-book deals. Sexto Piso published the novel in Spain last month, and Ella Sher of the Ella Sher Literary Agency controls all rights. The book, which opens in 1945, follows the return home of millions of Holocaust survivors after the liberation of Auschwitz. An English language sample of the book is available.
Dutch Debut Sells in Germany
Dutch publisher De Bezige Bij sold German rights to the novel It’s Monday, Today by Sytske van Koeveringe to btb Verlag. The book, slated to be released in the Netherlands next month, is about a cleaning woman named Julia, who does not like human contact but is forced to interact with her clients.