We are proud to announce that the Literary Agency Mertin has been voted International Literary Agent of the Year 2015 by The London Book Fair, in partnership with the UK Publishers Association! It’s a great acknowledgement of our work and above all, it's a great tribute to our outstanding authors.
La Oculta (“The Hideaway”) by Héctor Abad is one of only 11 listed novels for the second Mario Vargas Llosa Prize, which is a biennial prize consisting of 100,000 U$. Among the other authors listed are César Aira, Semantha Schweblin and Juan Gabriel Vásquez. The winner will be announced in April.
Gavin McCrea states that The House at Smyrna (Scribe, translated by Alison Entrekin) "is an arresting work about a woman’s effort to shed the load of inherited identity".
The Guardian votes Agustín Fernández Mallo's novel "Nocilla Dream" among the Best Books of 2015.
Stuart Evers states: It's a "breathtaking work of innovation and heart".
Gonçalo M. Tavares has won the Tabula Rasa Award for his novel Uma menina está perdida no século XX à procura do pai at the Festival Literário de Fátima.
Luis Sepúlveda's brand new book, the enchanting fable Historia de un perro llamado Leal (“The Story of a Dog Called Loyal“), has just been launched in Italy and is already the number 1 of the bestseller list:
The multiple award-winning Portuguese author Lídia Jorge has been awarded the Prémio Urbano Tavares Rodrigues for her latest novel Os Memoráveis. The jury commented:
It's a mark of citizenship to bring the Carnation Revolution to the pages of a literary work whose language intensity and narrative mastery, combined with a skillful compositional technique, makes it a notable presence in contemporary Portuguese literature.
The Argentine photographer Daniel Mordzinski has just received the OCIb Award of the Ibero-American cooperation for his great distribution to the relationships between the citizen and countries of the Ibero-American Community. Daniel Mordzinski is known for taking original portraits of the world’s best writers.
The Prêmio Oceanos, formerly the Prêmio Portugal Telecom de Literatura, has now released its impressive longlist. Among the selected authors are: Adriana Lisboa (Part of the Landscape), Ondjaki (The Sky Can’t Dance On His Own), José Luís Peixoto (Inside the Secret), Pepetela (The Shy One and the Women), Carola Saavedra (The Inventory of Missing Things) and André Sant’Anna (Brazil is Good). The shortlist will be announced in November.
Eugenia Almeida has won the Alberto Burnichón Award for her volume of poetry La boca de la tormenta, which was selected as the best published book in Córdoba, Argentina in 2014/2015. The jury commented: It’s an impressive little book that maintains its intensity from the first to the last word.
The French cultural magazine Transfuge has awarded the Angolan writer Ondjaki the Prize for the best African novel 2015 for Os transparentes (“The Transparent Ones”). Among the winners of the other 13 categories are Terézia Mora and Eimear McBride. Os transparentes also won the Saramago Prize 2013 and is already in its 7th edition in Portugal.
Andrea Stefanoni’s novel La abuela civil española (“The Spanish Grandmother”) has been a real hit with the Spanish media! El País called it An enthralling read while leading Spanish journalist Ana Pastor commented it was a beautiful book. Bestselling author Luis Sepúlveda thoroughly recommends it as well: It’s one of those books that you can’t put down until you’ve read the last page.
The media is already quite ecstatic about Mia Couto’s novel Confession of the Lioness: National Geographic Traveller and Playboy featured it on their books pages, Vanity Fair included it on its Best Books of July list, and The Los Angeles Times, The Denver Post, The Kirkus Review and The Guardian all gave the book fantastic reviews.
José Eduardo Agualusa’s novel A General Theory of Oblivion, which has just been published at Harvill Secker in the UK, is already receiving great critical acclaim: If it’s true that a man with a good story is practically a king, then Agualusa can count himself among the continent’s new royals. Alongside Mozambique’s Mia Couto, Agualusa has already become one of lusophone Africa’s most distinctive voices. Financial Times
The Mozambican author was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2015. He also received the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2014 and the Camões Prize for Literature 2013 and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015.
Alma Books, Independent Publisher of the Year 2013, have bought the English rights for three books by the bestselling Chilean author Luis Sepúlveda: his long-seller The Story of a Seagull and of the Cat Who Taught Her to fly, The Story of Mix, of Max, and of Mex, and his latest book The Story of a Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow.
Héctor Abad’s latest novel La Oculta (“The Hideaway”) has been number 1 among the bestselling novels in Colombia since November 2014! Like his bestselling novel El olvido que seremos, La Oculta is part autobiographic, part fiction.
The book containing the novels Um homem: Klaus Klump (“Klaus Klump: A Man”) and A Máquina de Joseph Walser (“Joseph Walser’s Machine”) by Gonçalo M. Tavares was shortlisted for the Prémio Jean-Monnet de Literatura Europeia. Among the award’s former winners are Lídia Jorge, Claudio Magris, Antonio Tabucchi and Patrick Modiano.
Mia Couto is among the ten finalists of the sixth Man Booker International Prize, one of the most important awards for books in the English language. In 2013, the Mozambican author was awarded the Camões Prize for Literature and the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2014. He has also been longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015. Previous winners include Lydia Davis, Philip Roth and Alice Munro.
Right in time for the Salon du Livre in Paris, the renowned French newspaper Le Figaro has announced its selection of the six best new Brazilian novels. They include O drible (“The Feint”) by Sérgio Rodrigues, Hanói by Adriana Lisboa and Desde que o samba é samba (“Then There Was Samba“) by Paulo Lins.
At the Cartagena Film Festival, the documentary Carta a una sombra (“Letter to a Shadow”), based on the bestselling memoir El olvido que seremos (“Oblivion”) by Héctor Abad Faciolince, won the prestigious Audience Award Club Colombia, which consists of USD$ 15,000. The film was directed by the author’s daughter Daniela Abad and by Miguel Salazar. The novel sold over 180,000 copies in Spanish and was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the USA.
We are happy to welcome the Colombian writer Daniel Ferreira, recently awarded with the renowned Clarín Prize for his brilliant choral novel Rebelión de los oficios inútiles ("Rebellion of the Useless Professions").
The prestigious magazine Livros e Pessoas has selected their 15 best Brazilian novels of the 21st century, featuring among others Sérgio Rodrigues’s O drible (“The Feint”), Adriana Lisboa’s Sinfonia em branco (“Symphony in White”), Tatiana Salem Levy’s A chave de casa (“The House in Smyrna”) and Moacyr Scliar’s Manual da paixão solitária (“A Manual on Solitary Passion“) and Cristovão Tezza’s O filho eterno (“The Eternal Son”).
With her novel El río (“The River”) the Argentinian writer Débora Mundani is second in the category “Novel” of the prestigious Premio Literario Casa de las Américas 2015, one of the most important Latin American literary awards.
Lídia Jorge has been awarded the Vergílio Ferreira Award 2015 for her body of work. Among the previous winners are Mia Couto and Hélia Correia. In 2013, the grande dame of Portuguese literature was named one of the 10 great voices of European literature by the French Magazine Littéraire.
Mia Couto, winner of the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the Camões Prize for Literature 2013, dominates the cover of the January 2015 issue of World Literature Today. You can also listen to the KGOU radio interview where the Mozambican author describes his early life, including memories of the war for independence that would shape his literary career: kgou.org
Gonçalo M. Tavares has been entitled as brilliant by the French Magazine Littéraire. Also, various of the multiple award-winning author’s books have been voted among the best books of 2014 in the English language media as well as in France, Spain, Argentina, The Netherlands, Brazil and Turkey. He has been compared to Kafka and Karl Ove Knausgard and is already considered a classic by Le Monde.
Dulce Maria Cardoso’s novel O retorno (“The Return”) has been voted as number 4 of the 10 favourite books 2014 of the French financial newspaper Les Échos, next to Joyce Carol Oates (Nr.3), Ian McEwan (Nr.5) and JMG Le Clézio (Nr.7). The award-wining novel will be launched by MacLehose Press in the UK.
Héctor Abad’s latest novel La Oculta (“The Hideaway”), only published in the middle of November, is number 1 among the bestselling novels in Colombia for the entire year 2014! Like his bestselling novel El olvido que seremos, La Oculta is part autobiographic, part fiction.