Alberto Manguel is going to include the highly acclaimed Portuguese authors José Saramago and Gonçalo M. Tavares in the new edition of his Dicionário de lugares imaginários (“Dictionary of Imaginary Places”), as well as Luís de Camões, Eça de Queiroz and Fernando Pessoa, among others.
Paulo Scott’s multilayered novel Habitante irreal (“Nowhere people”) is number 5 on this winter’s Best-of-list of Weltempfänger. It has been published by Wagenbach in Germany and will be launched in the UK in 2014.
Only one week after its release, Luis Sepúlveda’s new book “The Story of a Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow” is the 2nd bestselling book in Italy! The first edition has already been exhausted, and nearly 200.000 copies have been sold.
J.P. Cuenca’s novel “The Only Happy Ending to a Love Story is an Accident" will shortly be launched by Cambourakis in France. The book has already been published in seven countries, among others in Germany, Spain and the US.
After winning in the category Short Stories, Luis Fernando Verissimo‘s book Diálogos impossíveis (“Impossible Dialogues”) has now also been awarded the prestigious Jabuti Prize in the category Book of the Year.
Ondjaki has won the Saramago Prize 2013 with his novel Os transparentes (“The Transparent Ones”). Jury member Nélida Piñón stated: Os transparentes is a moving fresco that I won’t be able to erase from my memory. I succumbed to its compelling beauty. The Angolan author commented the €25.000 award with the words: This prize isn’t mine, it belongs to Angola.
Mia Couto has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature! The $50,000 prize is often cited as “the American Nobel” and considered to be one of the most important literary prizes in the world. The jury said about the writer from Mozambique: He is an author who addresses not just his country but the entire world, all human beings.
The mesmerizing debut novel A filha das flores (“Daughter of the Flowers”) by famous Brazilian singer and songwriter Vanessa da Mata has just been sold to Ullstein (List) in Germany after a very intense auction. The prestigious publishing house is planning a huge marketing campaign with what is to be their leading title in Spring 2015.
Following an equally exciting auction in Italy, Vanessa Barbara’s charmingly entertaining novel Noites de Alface (“Lettuce Nights”) has just been sold to Corbaccio (Mauri Spagnol). In France it will be published by Zulma.
The movie Wakolda, directed by the author Lucía Puenzo herself, is a real hit in Argentina, shown in over 70 cinemas with over 400.000 spectators so far! It has also been selected to represent Argentina at the Oscar and the Goya Award.
Luis Fernando Verissimo has won the prestigious Jabuti Prize in the category short stories with Diálogos impossíveis (“Impossible Dialogues”). João Anzanello Carrascoza is second with Aquela água toda (“All This Water”). Maria Valéria Rezende has made the third place in the category Juvenile fiction and Socorro Acioli has won in the category Children’s books.
Luis Mey has been given an award especially created by the Premio Clarín on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Ñ magazine and worth about US$ 8.500 to honour his new novel La pregunta de mi madre (“My Mother’s Question”). After a final editing, it will be published in spring 2014 by Clarín Alfaguara.
José Eduardo Agualusa has been awarded the Fernando Namora Prize for his novel Teoria geral do esquecimento (“A General Theory of Oblivion”)! The jury stated that this work ennobles the author’s elegant literary style. The prize consists of 15.000 Euro.
Ian McEwan sings the praises of young Brazilian writer Tatiana Salem Levy, saying that he was very touched by her wonderful story.
In the question of who are Argentina’s most translated authors posed by the prestigious newspaper La Nación, Claudia Piñeiro has come in third place, right after Borges and Cortázar, while Lucía Puenzo occupies the seventh place.
Furthermore, with a first edition of 10.000 copies by Droemer Knaur and numerous prominent media events, Paulo Lins is going to be THE highlight at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
The author will be on promotion tour in Germany from October 4 to 18 - don't miss out on the chance to see him live!
Enemy, Denis Villeneuve’s thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal based on the novel O homem duplicado (“The Double”) by Nobel laureate José Saramago, will face off in competition at the 61st San Sebastian Festival, the biggest movie event in the Spanish-speaking world, held from September 21 to 28.
Lídia Jorge has been honoured as one of the “10 greatest literary voices” in the August issue of the prestigious French Magazine Littéraire.
With her polyphonic style, Lídia Jorge invokes the multiple layers of the Portuguese 20th century, from the point of view of the women living in a patriarchal society.
The mesmerizing debut novel A filha das flores (“Daughter of the Flowers”) of Latin Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Vanessa da Mata will be launched in October by the prestigious Brazilian publishing house Companhia das Letras.
Patrícia Melo is the winner of this year’s LiBeraturpreis, which will be awarded on October 12 at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The jury stated that the astute author has created authentic characters and shown without conventional means that drawing the line between good and evil is not always easy. Melo has also been on the crime list of the prestigious German newspaper DIE ZEIT for two whole months with her novel The Body Snatcher.
Mia Couto has just been shortlisted for the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2014 - often cited as “the American Nobel” - together with other renowned writers like Duong Thu Huong, Edward P. Jones and Haruki Murakami. The winner will be announced on 1 November during the Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture.
Vanessa Barbara has published an article in the New York Times about the current protest in Brazil. The Brazilian author and award-winning journalist has been included in the Granta magazine.
Richard Zimler’s novel The Warsaw Anagrams has been voted as the best crime novel 2013 by the general Council of Yvelines in Paris, who called the book a poignant, poetic and stunning odyssey that holds the reader in thrall from the very first page.