Judith Regan, with her own Harper imprint, made a six-figure preemptive buy of a new novel by a widely translated South African novelist on a recent visit to London. The author is an Afrikaner, Etienne van Heerden, and his book The Long Silence of Mario Salviati is a work of magic realism about a museum curator visiting a remote mountain town to investigate the appearance of a mysterious sculpture. Regan said that reading only one page convinced her to buy it, from agent Isobel Dixon at London's Blake Friedmann agency. She aims to publish next winter.
Volume 249 Issue 22 06/03/2002