Multi-Volume German Novel Sells in France
A 1,000-page novel called On the Edge of the World Man Sits and Laughs, by Phillip Weiss, has sold to Seuil for French rights. Rights to the tome, which will be published in five volumes next month in the author's native Germany, is controlled by Suhrkamp Verlag. Each volume of the novel, about a man's search for belonging, is a standalone work with its own narrative style; the volumes range from diary-type entries to graphic fiction.
Italian Author Moccia Breaks Into U.S. Market
Italian author Federico Moccia, who has been published in 15 languages but never in English, sold his Three Meters Above Heaven trilogy to Grand Central Publishing. The books were acquired, at auction, for world English rights. Pontas Literary & Film Agency controls all rights to the books, which have been published in Italy over the course of 25 years; the first book in the series was released in 1992, while the third book was published in 2017. The trilogy follows the love affair between Babi, the quintessential perfect daughter, and Step, who comes from a violent world.
Flemish Debut Novel Sells in Germany
North by Sien Volders, which was originally published by Hollands Diep in the Netherlands, has sold to Germany's Residenz Verlag. Hollands Diep originally published the novel in November 2017. The 2 Seas Agency represents world translation rights on behalf of the publisher. Set in the early 1980's in North Canada, the novel follows two women whose paths cross with two men.