latest novel Un comunista en calzoncillos (“A Communist in Underpants”) was one of the bestselling books at the Buenos Aires Book Fair and is now on the bookstore’s bestseller lists in front of Pérez-Reverte and Marcela Serrano!
Ondjaki and Tatiana Salem Levy have been awarded the Prize of the National Foundation of Infantile and Juvenile Books of Brazil! Levy won the category Revelation Writer with Curupira Pirapora, Ondjaki the category Best Title Destined For Children and Young Adults with A Bicicleta que tinha bigodes (“The Bike That Had a Moustache”).
The movie Wakolda, directed by Lucía Puenzo, has been selected for this year’s Cannes Film Festival for the category “Un Certain Regard”. The homonymous novel has been translated in a number of languages.
El crimen de los Tepames (“The Crime of Los Tepames”) by Rogelio Guedea is now among the bestselling books in Mexico’s most important bookstore, Librería Gandhi, next to Haruki Murakami and Julio Cortázar.
The independent English publishing house And Other Stories would like to invite you to have a look at three world class authors, recommended by eminent translators for their next Portuguese(-language) reading group: José Eduardo Agualusa, Ondjaki and Luandino Vieira. You can download the English sample translations here:
Literary agent Nicole Witt’s new column can now also be read in English in the renowned online magazine Publishing Perspectives.
You can read the whole column here:
In the prestigious Anagrama Award for Essays, Jorge Carrión has come second with his book Librerías, which will be published in September. Librerías is a survey of the history of book stores all over the world, their relationships with writers and how they became center pieces of culture or political resistance.
More than two weeks ago, the famous photographer Daniel Mordzinksi learned that most of his files, which had been kept in a department of the Le Monde building in Paris for the past 27 years, had disappeared. Half a lifetime of pictures of famous authors and artists are irretrievably lost.
Daniel Mordzinski's portraits are on many occasions the first impression that editors and co-agents get of our new authors when they browse through our catalogue or have a look at the agency's homepage. There couldn't be a better introduction than these insightful and beautiful professional creations that are characteristic of everything Daniel Mordzinski undertakes, just like the amicable generosity he has shown us over the years.
Tatiana Salem Levy and Rafael Cardoso have been invited to Frankfurt to talk about the Brazilian metropolis Rio de Janeiro. Salem Levy will read from her novel Dois Rios.
When: Monday, March 18, 19:30
Where: Zentralbibliothek, Hasengasse 4, Frankfurt am Main
The following 15 of our Brazilian authors have been invited to be part of the official delegation at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2013:
You're welcome to ask for more detailed information.
We are proud to present a whole host of new authors to you: Julieta Arroquy (Argentina), Tatiana Salem Levy (Brazil), Patrícia Melo (Brazil), Viviana Rivero (Argentina), Carola Saavedra (Brazil), Camilo Sánchez (Argentina), Paulo Scott (Brazil) and our graphic novel Gabo.
More information will soon be available on our homepage and in our London catalogue.
Literary agent Nicole Witt goes online: In her new column in the Brazilian online magazine publish news, the head of Literarische Agentur Mertin tells anecdotes of her busy life trying to unite editors and authors.
You can read the whole column here:
This year’s Best Translated Book Award Fiction Longlist includes Joseph Walser's Machine by Gonçalo M. Tavares, translated from the Portuguese by Rhett McNeil (Dalkey Archive Press). Also on the list are Herta Müller, Clarice Lispector, Michel Houellebecq, Andrés Neumann and Enrique Vila-Matas, among others. The finalists will be announced on April 10.
The film based on Diego Paszkowski’s award-winning novel Tesis sobre un homicidio (“Thesis about a Homicide”), has by now had a record of almost 900.000 spectators while the book is already hitting the bestseller list!
Starring the famous Argentinean actor Ricardo Darín, this captivating thriller will also be shown in Germany, France, Spain, Latin America, South Korea, Turkey and Brazil, while other deals are still in the make.
Have a look at the trailer: www.youtube.com
The prestigious German magazine Brigitte Woman, a monthly magazine with a print run of 230.000 copies, features a four-page report about bestselling author Claudia Piñeiro and her latest novel Betibú this month: A captivating and entertaining novel whose protagonist has quite a bit in common with its author, above all the courage to question her own apparently idyllic world. Betibú isn’t just another whodunnit but focuses on the background of the crime.
José Saramago’s novel Levantado do chão (“Raised from the Ground”) has been included in Oprah Winfrey’s much chased-after list of 16 Must-Read Books for January 2013! Also on the list are Tracy Chevalier and Jojo Moyes.
Aprender a Rezar na Era da Técnica (“Learning to Pray in the Age of Technology”) by Gonçalo M. Tavares has been nominated for the renowned Dutch Europese Literatuurprijs. The award, now in its third year, consists of € 10.000 for the author of the best translated book and € 2.500 for the translator. The winner will be announced in September. Also on the longlist are Julia Franck, Ian McEwan and Hilary Mantel, among others.
Luis Sepúlveda's latest book Historia de Mix, de Max, y de Mex ("The Story of Mix, of Max, and of Mex") is second on the bestselling list in Italy since its launching in mid-November, having sold nearly 170,000 copies.
Starring the famous Argentinean actor Ricardo Darín, this captivating thriller will also be shown in Germany, Turkey and Brazil, while other deals are still in the make.
Have a look at the trailer: www.youtube.com
Nobel laureate José Saramago's novel Levantado do chão ("Raised from the Ground") has finally been translated into English and French - and received the highest praise from renowned voices all over the world!
Saramago's truth-telling arises from a rare combination of intelligence, fierce artistic courage and intense human tenderness.
Ursula K. Le Guin in The Guardian
This book is a chant. Listen to Saramago and this particular language of his, magnificent and authentic.
Saramago himself was “raised from the ground” and his intimate, particular knowledge of peasant life is one of several reasons the novel transcends propaganda, by a long shot.
The New York Times
You can take a look at the complete articles here:
The English world rights for renowned Mozambican author Mia Couto’s latest novel A confissão da leoa (“The Lioness’s Confession”) have been sold to Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the US. In France, this captivating novel based on true facts will be published by Métailié.
The prestigious Portuguese magazine Ípsilon has included the outstanding novels Teoria geral do esquecimento (“A General Theory of Oblivion”) by José Eduardo Agualusa and Os transparentes ("The Transparent Ones") by Ondjaki among its list of Best Books 2012!
The list also features other famous writers like Herta Müller and Ian McEwan.
João Paulo Cuenca is among the 15 semi-finalists of Venice's Biennale College Filmlab! The teams behind the 15 projects will each participate in a 10-day workshop next month, after which up to three finalists will be paired with established industry professionals to produce a film.
For more information, have a look at: www.hollywoodreporter.com
On 16 November 2012, José Saramago would have been 90 years.
He is present in our hearts and in his books. For his readers all over the world.
The nominations for the highly renowned 2013 International IMPAC Dublin award have just been released: They include the much-praised novels Rakushisha (“Hut of Fallen Persimmons”) by Adriana Lisboa, Aprender a rezar na Era da Técnica (“Learning to Pray in the Age of Technology”) by Gonçalo M. Tavares and The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler. Also among the nominees are Julian Barnes, Umberto Eco, T.C. Boyle, Michel Houllebeqc, Judith Hermann, Haruki Murakami and Siri Hustvedt.
The Angolan author Ondjaki will be presenting his new novel Os transparentes in Frankfurt on Friday, 9 November 2012, at 20 hs at the Portuguese Bookshop Buchhandlung TFM, Große Seestrasse 47. The reading will be in Portuguese and German together with the translator Michael Kegler.
Also, Ondjaki is going to participate in the Festival Berlinda (Festival of Portuguese Language and Culture) in Berlin:
6 November 2012 at 19 hs
Reading in Portuguese and German, Moderation: Michael Kegler
Embassy of Brazil, Wallstrasse 57, Berlin
8 November 2012 at 19 hs
Presentation of the film directed by Ondjaki Oxalá cresçam pitangas (Angola, 2007)
Embassy of Brazil, Wallstrasse 57, Berlin
Once more, Gonçalo M. Tavares, one of the greatest writers of our time, is making headlines!
[Gonçalo M. Tavares] is a writer who is unlike any you’ve read before. He has a gift—like Flann O’Brien or Kafka or Beckett—for revealing the ways in which logic can be as faithful a servant of madness as of reason. His books may be bleak and unnerving, but they are, for this reason, exhilarating in the way that only the work of a powerfully original artist can be.
Mark O'Conell, The New Yorker
Héctor Abad’s book El olvido que seremos (“Oblivion, A Memoir”, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012) is the winner of the 2012 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award. The judges called Abad’s book “deeply moving,” “beautiful,” and “original”, stating that it offers us something new and challenging, something surprising and hard. The ceremony will be held on 28 November.
Dulce Maria Cardoso has been awarded the insignia of the Order of Arts and Letters of France by the French Ministry of Culture, one of the most highly regarded commendations in France, acknowledging the author’s outstanding writing. Among others, this prize has so far been given to António Lobo Antunes and Agustina Bessa-Luís.
The Colombian author and director Andrés Burgos has been awarded the Audience Award of the 21st Latin American Festival of Biarritz 2012 for his film Sofía y el terco (“Sofía and the Blockhead”), based on the homonymous book written by Burgos himself. The author is one of the 25 Best Kept Secrets revealed at the Guadalajara/Mexico Book Fair in 2011.
Lídia Jorge and Dulce Maria Cardoso have just been shortlisted for the prestigious Prémio Fernando Namora, together with three other renowned writers. The winner will be announced on 4 November. Last year, it was awarded to Gonçalo M. Tavares.
The prestigious French newspaper Le Monde has published an enthusiastic full-page review of Uma Viagem à Índia (“A Voyage to India”) by multiple award winning author Gonçalo M. Tavares: With great beauty and skill, Tavares narrates a fantastic story. One of the most striking books in recent European literature. This title has just been nominated for the prestigious Prix Médicis étranger. Among the nominees are also António Lobo Antunes and Alejandro Zambra. The shortlist will be announced on 30 October.
The Guardian has just published an article about Zukiswa Wanner's top five African writers, enthusiastically praising Angolan writer Ondjaki, one of the most promising young Portuguese-language writers in Africa: Ondjaki's writing and storylines are deceptively simple but highly entertaining. One of the most prolific writers I know.
Multiple award winning author Gonçalo M. Tavares has written an insightful article for the prestigious German newspaper DIE ZEIT on his views on Germany in times of the crisis of the Euro. Among the contributors are also John Banville, Roberto Saviano and Antonio Muñoz Molina.
The movie based on the book Tuya (”All Yours”) by Argentinean bestselling author Claudia Piñeiro has been selected for the 1. Forum of European-Latin American Coproduction, among sixteen other projects. The forum will be taking place on September 27 and 28 at the Festival of San Sebastian.
We are delighted to announce that our Brazilian author João Paulo Cuenca, together with Vanessa Barbara, has been selected for the very first ever issue Best of Young Brazilian Novelists of the prestigious literary magazine Granta, which "introduced the stars of the future before they become household names", according to Granta.
John Freeman, the Granta editor, said:
I’m very pleased about this Brazilian list, released in the year of Jorge Amado’s centenary, as Brazil’s economic and cultural influence is growing. Here are his vibrant offspring, many of them appearing in English for the first time, proof that one of the great pleasures of reading is finding the unexpected, the voices we didn’t even know we needed so much.
The list consists of 20 young Brazilian writers. For more information please visit:
The Brazilian author José Roberto Torero has won the Crescer Prize 2012 for the 30 Best Children’s Books of the Year with Branca de neve e as sete versões („Snow White and the Seven Paths“). The book is part of the Fable Factory collection, the first book of which, Chapeuzinhos Coloridos („Little Coloured Riding Hoods“) has already sold over 60.000 copies.
On 3 July at 4:30 p.m. British time, Marcelo Figueras’ bestselling novel Kamchatka will feature on BBC Radio 4’s A Good Read programme. The presenter Harriet Gilbert himself has chosen the book for his show, in which each week, two guests discuss their favourite book. Don’t miss it!
Peter Grandbois has won the Gold Medal for Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Awards with his moving and beautifully written novel Nahoonkara. Set in nineteenth-century Wisconsin and Colorado, Nahoonkara follows the lives of three brothers striving to re-create themselves.
Once again, our bestselling author Claudia Piñeiro is hitting the headlines! This time, the highly acclaimed Spanish author Rosa Montero says about Claudia’s latest novel "Betibú" in the prestigious Spanish newspaper El País: So much venom below such a smooth surface. Piñeiro demonstrates an extraordinary narrative skill, keeping the reader hooked until the very last page.
You can read the whole article here: cultura.elpais.com
The multiple award winning author Gonçalo M. Tavares is going on a bilingual reading tour in Germany to present his novel Jerusalém (“Die Versehrten”), which has recently been launched by the German publishing house DVA:
Tuesday, 12 June at 18 hs in Berlin, Unter den Linden 78
Wednesday, 13 June at 19:30 hs in Frankfurt, Hasengasse 4
Thursday, 14 June at 18:00 hs in Heidelberg, Plöck 57A
For more detailed information, please have a look at:
In Cologne, Rostock and Hamburg, Ondjaki read from his acclaimed novel Bom dia camaradas (“Good Morning, Comrades”), which has already been translated into German, English, Spanish, Italian, French and Swedish.
In the course of his reading tour, the Angolan author created a debate at Cologne University about environmental issues in the Portuguese-speaking countries.
Reynaldo Sietecase has won the prestigious Martín Fierro Award for Best Journalistic Work in Radio del Plata. The author of the novels ¿A cuántos hay que matar? (“How many Should Be Killed?”) and Un crimen argentino (“An Argentine Crime”) was very candid, stating that the ethic compromise lies in telling what happens.
Rogelio Guedea’s enthralling novel 41 has won the Premio Interamericano de Novela Carlos Montemayor 2012. The award distinguishes the best novel on the whole continent that has been published between 2010 and 2011.
Adriana Lisboa’s novel Azul-Corvo (“Crow Blue”) has just been sold to Bloomsbury in the UK. This unusual road-story is already availabe in the Spanish translation and will soon be published in Portugal and France.
Teresa Ruiz Rosas has been shortlisted for the Premio Copé, the most prestigious award in Perú, with her most recent novel Nada que declarer (“Nothing to Declare”).
For more information or reading a German extract, see this page: http://www.perlentaucher.de
After reading Richard Zimler's novel The Seventh Gate, the renowned Argentinean author Alberto Manguel said it was not only a superb thriller but an intelligent and moving novel about the heartbreaking human condition. And the prestigious Publishers Weekly stated: Zimler surpasses himself with this epic while La Repubblica called The Warsaw Anagrams a novel of great simplicity and perspicacity.
Mia Couto, one of the the most prominent writers in Portuguese-speaking Africa, will be launching his new novel in May 2012: A confissão da leoa (“The Lioness’s Confession”) tells the captivating story of the hunter Arcanjo, who is sent to an African village haunted by man-eating lions and slowly discovers its darkest secrets.
José Eduardo Agualusa, winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2007, is publishing his latest novel this Spring: Teoria geral do esquecimento (“A General Theory of Oblivion”) tells the true story of a Portuguese woman who, horrified by the ongoing events of the Angolan War of Independence in 1975, bricks herself into her apartment in Luanda for almost thirty years.
Bestselling author of “City of God” Paulo Lins is about to launch his long-awaited new novel: Desde que o samba é samba (“Ever Since Samba Has Been Samba“) depicts a colourful evolution of what was to become samba as it is known today, starring a multitude of vividly painted characters in 1920s Rio de Janeiro.
The thriller An Enemy, based on José Saramago‘s novel O homem duplicado (“The Double”), will probably be starring the famous American actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The film will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, who was recently nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Beatriz Bracher, considered one of Brazil’s outstanding contemporary voices, has been invited to read from her novel Antonio in various German cities in March. In Frankfurt she continues the BrasiLesen series that already starred Leticia Wierzchowski, Adriana Lisboa and Santiago Nazarian, among others.
The Heritage Film Project has made a documentary about Brazilian rising star Adriana Lisboa where among other things she talks about her inspiration for her latest novel Azul-Corvo (“Crow-Blue”), which has already been translated into French and Spanish.
The Spanish edition of Nobel laureate José Saramago’s novel Claraboia (“Skylight”), unedited until now, was presented in Madrid on 1 March.
The most important Spanish TV-programme TVE invited bestselling Argentinean author Claudia Piñeiro to an interview during the main news where her novels Las viudas de los jueves (“Thursday Night Widows”) and Betibú were presented. Las viudas de los jueves have sold more than 250.000 copies in Spanish so far.
The award-winning author Gonçalo M. Tavares has just been given the Prémio Literário Fundação Inês de Castro for his novel Uma Viagem à Índia (“A Voyage to India”). Among its former winners is Hélia Correia.
The grande dame of Portuguese literature, Lídia Jorge, gets her own exposition in Paris: From 28 January to 10 March 2012, a selection of documents and objects related to her work will be displayed in the Cité Internationale Univesitaire de Paris, showing us more of the highly regarded author's life.
An English excerpt of Rui Zink’s O destino turístico (“The Tourist Destination”) will appear in the prestigious volume "Best European Fiction 2012" published by Dalkey Archive, next to authors like Clemens Meyer (Germany), Marie Darrieussecq (France), Zsófia Bán (Hungary) and Lee Rourke (UK).
The bestselling novel O vendedor de passados (“The Book of Chameleons”) by José Eduardo Agualusa is about to be adapted for the movies by the prestigious director Lula Buarque de Hollanda with a budget of 2,2 million euro. The film will be released at the end of 2012.
Furthermore, the award-winning debut novel Os Malaquias (“The malaquias”) by the young Brazilian author Andréa del Fuego will be launched as leading title by the prestigious German publishing house Hanser in 2013 and by Editorial Edhasa in Spanish language.
Gonçalo M. Tavares was placed second in this year’s prestigious Prémio Portugal Telecom de Literatura with his novel Uma Viagem à Índia (“A Voyage to India”), receiving 14.600 Euro. The highly acclaimed author already won the award in 2007. Marina Colasanti was placed third with her memoir Minha guerra alheia (“My Foreign War”).
The young Brazilian author Andréa del Fuego has been awarded unanimously the prestigious Prémio José Saramago 2011 for her debut novel Os Malaquias (“The Malaquias”): Andréa del Fuego offers us a read that won’t leave anyone untouched. Os Malaquias is harsh, poetic, authentic. The prize consists of 25.000 Euro and is one of the most important awards of the Portuguese language.