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! This is a great acknowledgement of our work and above all, it’s a great tribute to our outstanding authors.
We are delighted to welcome three new authors:
The highly promising Iraqi-Kurdistan author Bachtyar Ali , whose novel The Last Pomegranate is now enthusiastically celebrated in its German edition (Unionsverlag). French rights have already been sold to Ed. Métailié. Ali's novel I Stared at the Night of the City was recently published at Periscope in English language.
Joseph, de zwarte Mozart (“Joseph, the Black Mozart”) Jan Jacobs Mulder a vivid historical novel set in Haiti and Paris in 1799, based on a true story. The novel has just been launched at Xander in the Netherlands. An English sample translation will be available soon.
Hernán Ronsino, one of the finest Latin American authors of the younger generation, has been selected to be part of the official Argentine delegation attending this year’s FBF. The German edition of his novel Lumbre (“Firelight”)has just been shortlisted for the Hotlist of independent publishers:
Ronsino's work is forthcoming at Gallimard in France and at Melville House in the USA.
Ariel Urquiza, whose novel No hay risas en el cielo (“No Laughter in the Sky“) was awarded the prestigious Casa de las Américas Prize this year (under the title „Ni una sola voz en el cielo“). The volume will be published at Corregidor in Buenos Aires and presented at the Guadalajara Book Fair 2016.
Ana María Shua has been awarded the first Premio Iberoamericano Juan José Arreola in the category of mini-fiction.
The French cultural magazine Transfuge has awarded the Argentine writer Eugenia Almeida the Prize for the Best Hispanic Novel 2016 for La tensión del umbral (“Threshold Tension”, “L’Échange” in French).
The recently launched English edition of the great novel O retorno by Dulce Maria Cardoso at MacLehose Press is among the winners of the English PEN Translates Award 2016. The Award honours and promotes translations on the basis of outstanding literary quality, strength and innovation of the publishing project.
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J.P. Cuenca's recent novel Descobri que estava morto (“The Day I Found Out I was Dead”) has been prominently launched at the International Literary Festival in Paraty/Brazil as the leading title of the new imprint of Planeta Brazil, Tusquets.
The novel based on real facts looks into the topic of stolen identity in a city on the verge of change, Rio de Janeiro.
Descobri que estava morto will be translated into Spanish and launched by Tusquets throughout Latin America.
An English and German sample translation are available.
The prestigious Swiss newspaper NZZ states:
In Latin America, a new post-ideological realism is spreading. Héctor Abad's novel La Oculta (“The Farm”) is today's world literary response to Gabriel García Márquez' "One Hundred Years of Solitude".
Os Transparentes by the Angolan author Ondjaki has been chosen as the winner in the category of translated fiction by the prestige jury of the Prix Littérature Monde. Ananda Devi highlights Ondjaki's "dazzling talent" and calls his writing "magic".
A Vida no Céu by José Eduardo Agualusa has been awarded the Prize of the Foundation of Children and Youth books (FNLIJ). The foundation is the Brazilian section of IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People, and promotes high quality children and juvenile books.
Luis Sepúlveda has been awarded the renowned Prémio Eduardo Lourenço. The prize is organised by the Centre for Iberian Studies (CEI) and is intended to reward personalities and institutions with outstanding contributions to the Iberian culture.
Uma viagem à Índia (“A Journey to India”) by Gonçalo M. Tavares is among the Top 25 of the Portuguese Literature ever chosen by Diário de Notícias, one of the most traditional and important daily newspapers of Portugal. Other authors included are Camões, Pessoa, Saramago and Lobo Antunes:
José Eduardo Agualusa is among the six finalists of the Man Booker International Prize 2016 with his novel Teoria Geral do Esquecimento (“General Theory of Oblivion”), published in English language at Harvill Secker and Archipelago.
Also the jury of the Best Translated Book Award Fiction 2016 has chosen Teoria Geral do Esquecimento (“General Theory of Oblivion”) among the ten finalists.
The award consists of U$5,000 each for the author and translator and is awarded by Three Percent, a resource for international literature at the University of Rochester.
The novel is also the winner of the English PEN Award 2015 and of the Fernando Namora Prize 2013. In 2007, Agualusa was awarded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
We are delighted to welcome some new authors:
We are proud to announce that we have taken over the representation of the renowned Lebanese author Elias Khoury. This is the first time for us taking care of an author writing in Arabic, and it’s because of his style and contents that we feel especially close to his work. More news will follow soon.
Last but not least: Don’t miss out on the latest novel by Sergio Schmucler from Argentina/Mexico.
Fernando Sdrigotti choses the novel among his Top Ten Reads 2015, saying that "Medina is one of the most remarkable contemporary writers in London."
Philosophical Toys is also among the Top Ten Reads 2015 chosen by Joanna Walsh, who states in The National: "Exuberant, intelligent, touching, intimate and playful, Philosophical Toys is a joyful invitation to us, to love all the things that we are …"
La Oculta by Héctor Abad has been shortlisted for the narrative award Archbishop Juan de San Clemente, which turns high school students into protagonists as jury members. In recent years, the award was assigned to Javier Cercas, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Eduardo Mendoza, Carlos Fuentes, and Almudena Grandes, among others.
Barcelona. Los vagabundos de la chatarra (“Barcelona. Scrap Heap Tramps”) is one of the 10 finalists of the Salón del Cómic de Barcelona Prize as best national work 2015. In their graphic novel, Jorge Carrion and Sagar Forniés, author and illustrator, perform a work of investigative journalism leading them to the world of scrap.
Palavras cruzadas (“Crossed Words”) by Guiomar de Grammont has been shortlisted for the Rio de Literatura Prize 2016 in the category of published fiction out of 346 works. The winner will be announced in June. The prize consists of 100,000 Brazilian Reais, approx. 25,000 Euros.
We are proud to announce that the prestigious supplement to El País, Babelia, opens its latest edition dedicating the front page to Gonçalo M. Tavares and his novel Uma menina está perdida no seu século à procura do pai (“A Girl is Lost in her Century Looking for her Father”). Included are an interview with the director of Babelia and a review by Alberto Manguel.
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").