Danish Novel Moves to Sweden
Atlantis has acquired Swedish rights to Often I’m Happy, the latest novel by Danish author Jens Christian Grøndahl. Deals had previously been made with Grand Central/Twelve (U.S.), Picador (U.K.), Feltrinelli (Italy), Gallimard (France) and Meulenhoff (the Netherlands). Rights are controlled by Grøndahl’s agent, Paul Sebes at Sebes & Bisseling in the Netherlands. (The book's original publisher is Gyldendal in Denmark, which released the book in October 2016.) The novel follows Ellinor, a 70-year-old widow who finds herself longing for a confidante, so she addresses her deceased best friend Anna, who was also her husband's first wife, in a long monologue.
Chinese Pub Snaps Up Balzano's 'End'
Until the End by Marco Balzano, after having previously sold in a four-way auction to Italian publisher Einaudi, has now sold to CITIC in China for Chinese simplified rights (via the Grayhawk Agency). There are also pending offers on the book from publishers in Germany and France. The novel, which opens in the 1920s, spans several years and looks at the impact of World War II on the town of Curon, Italy. Einaudi will publish the book in spring 2018. Rights to the book are controlled by the Milan-based Piergiorgio Nicolazzini Literary Agency (PNLA).
Algerian Title Draws More European Buyers
Zabor or the Psalms by Algerian author Kamel Daoud has recently sold to Ambo Anthos in the Netherlands. Marleen Seegers of 2 Seas Literary Agency is handling Dutch, North American, and Scandinavian rights on behalf of French publisher Actes Sud, which released the book this month. The novel follows a burgeoning writer who, after the death of his mother, is rejected by his father's family. Actes Sud recently sold Italian rights in Italy (La Nave di Teseo) and Germany (Kiepenheuer & Witsch).
Norwegian Middle Grade Novel Continues Sales Run
The middle grade novel Ollis by Ingunn Thon has just sold to Güldünya in Turkey. The Turkish sale follows on the heels of recently-closed deals with publishers in Germany, Italy, and Denmark. Oslo Literary Agency handles rights to the book, about a 10-year-old girl named Ollis who hates her mother's boyfriend and sets out to learn about the father she has never met. The the book was published in 2016 by Norwegian house Samlaget.