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. 





As Portugal is guest of honour at the Leipzig Book Fair 2021, the Camões Institute and the DGLAB offer special grants for the translation and publication of Portuguese and African authors writing in Portuguese into German.

The new application deadline is 29th May 2020.




After the city of Beira and the entire central region of Mozambique have been hit by the cyclone Idai with damages that still cannot be quantified, the Fernando Leite Couto Foundation has joined the national and international solidarity movement in order to meet the immediate needs of saving people and assets, as well as to study ways to maintain support in the reconstruction of the city of Beira.


Please find here the Call for Solidarity by Mia Couto:




We're happy to share that The Black Cathedral by our Cuban author Marcial Gala, just published in a beautiful edition at FSG, was included in Publishers Weekly’s "Writers to Watch Spring 2020".


Farrar, Straus and Giroux acquired world English rights to Gala's latest novel Call Me Cassandra (Llámenme Casandra), winner of the prestigious Premio Ñ 2018 in Argentina.


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The prestigious Portuguese weekly magazine Expresso has chosen six names to mark the coming years, in Portugal and abroad. A work to read in the special edition dedicated to the next decade. Leaders and references in culture, the fight for the environment, sports and politic, among them Margrethe Vestager, Greta Thunberg and Gonçalo M. Tavares.


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In its last edition of 2019, PublishNews published the "Bestsellers of the Week": In Fiction, Piled Women (LeYa), by Patrícia Melo, ranks number 14, with a thousand copies sold during the week.


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Tatiana Salem Levy is selected by Brazilian Publishers, a project of the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) as one of the contemporary Brazilian writers who gained prominence in this year's editorial production and as one of the authors you should talk about.


The online magazine Pessoa pre-published an extract of her new novel with the working title Vista Chinesa (a proper name of an urban district in Rio de Janeiro), forthcoming in Brazil in May at Todavia.


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Dulce Maria Cardoso wins the second place of the Oceanos Prize 2019 with her novel Eliete - A Normal Life (“Eliete - A vida normal”).

The prize consists of 80.000 R$ (approx. 17.270,00 €).


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Héctor Abad’s new book What Was Present. Diaries (1985-2006) (“Lo que fue presente. Diarios, 1985-2006”) was published at Alfaguara in November 2019.

Please find a detailed interview with the author in El Espectador


Héctor Abad in his big BBC interview about his novel Oblivion ("El olvido que seremos"), relaunched at World Editions in London in October 2019. The novel is a tribute to the author's late father, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his brutal murder by paramilitaries in 1987.


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Jorge Carrión has won the City of Badajoz Award in the category journalism, endowed with 6.000 Euros. Among over one hundred works submitted, the jury chose his chronicle "Sanmao en Canarias" about the long stay of the famous Chinese writer in Spain.


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After having contributed as a cultural critic to the Spanish edition of the Washington Post, Jorge Carrión is now back to the New York Times.




We are mourning the death of our author Sergio Schmucler, who passed away on 4th November.


Sergio Schmucler, born in Córdoba, Argentina in 1959, went into exile to Mexico at the age of seventeen where he studied social anthropology and screenwriting. A tireless fighter for human rights, Schmucler was a relevant scriptwriter and novelist who lived between Mexico and Argentina since 2002. In 2001 he received the Ariel Award from the Mexican Academy of Film for the screenplay of Crónica de un desayuno.


We are thankful to have worked with Sergio for several years, sharing his works and dreams. The last time we saw him was in April 2019 during the International Book Fair of Buenos Aires, when Marea Editorial was launching his last novel La cabeza de Mariano Rosas.


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We are happy to share with you that José Eduardo Agualusa is the winner of the National Prize for Culture and Arts in Angola 2019 in the area of literature.

The jury underlined his contribution "to the emergence of the emancipated reader" and "to the strengthening of citizenship and freedom of expression".


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Estuary by Lidia Jorge has been selected with 12 other novels for the Prix Médicis étranger 2019.


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Jan Jacobs Mulder passed away in Haarlem on 13th of September 2019.


Born in 1940, he spent his childhood years in a Japanese internment camp and combined his work in the visual arts with his writing. His historical novel Joseph, the Black Mozart was a big success in Dutch and German language.



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Agustina Bessa-Luís passed away in Porto on 3rd of June 2019.


Born in 1922 in the North of Portugal, Bessa-Luís is considered one of the most important writers of contemporary Portuguese literature. She has novels, stories, plays, and essays to her acclaim. In 2004, she was awarded the most important literary prize of the Portuguese speaking world, the Camões Prize.



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After A Girl is Lost in Her Century Looking for Her Father by Gonçalo M. Tavares has already been finalist of the prizes Oceanos (Brazil) and Jean-Monnet (France) and winner of the Tabula Rasa (Portugal) and now the Bellas Artes Prize for the Best Translation MARGARITA MICHELENA in Mexico. The novel is also being translated into several other languages.


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We're proud to inform that Rogelio Guedea has been admitted to the Mexican Academy of Language,

the Mexican equivalent of the Royal Spanish Academy.




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The novel "Galveias" by José Luís Peixoto has won the The Best Translation Award in Japan.


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We are happy to share with you that José Eduardo Agualusa is on the cover page of L'Humanité.

In "Rendez-vous de Livres" he talks about the state of his country and the relationship between reality, dreams, wishes and memories.





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Marc-Uwe_Kling_Fotograf_Sven_Hagolani_2017_03_SWHBO announces QualityLand series. It will be a co-production between HBO and Lionsgate. Mike Judge, screenwriter, producer, and actor, will co-write and executive produce the pilot with Josh Lieb ("Silicon Valley", "The Tonight Show", "The Daily Show").



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Gonçalo M. Tavares is finalist of the Jean Monnet Prize for the best European book published in France with his novel A Girl is Lost in Her Century Looking for Her Father (“Uma menina está perdida no seu século à procura do pai). Among the other finalists are Bernhard Schlink, Julian Barnes, and Graham Swift.

Former laureates are Patrick Modiano, J.G Ballard, Claudio Magris, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, and Erri de Luca.

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Puenzo-LThe Invisibles ("Los invisibles") by Lucía Puenzo enters the February list of the Crime Leaderboard (KrimiBestenliste), a joint project of the FAZ and Deutschlandradio Kultur, as number three. Every month, a list of ten crime novels is compiled by a jury of 19 critics and crime specialists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Invisibles is also voted number 4 on the Bestenliste Weltempfänger Spring 2019 by Litprom.


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Melo-PThe Neighbour (“Gog Magog”) by Patrícia Melo enters the December list of the Crime Leaderboard (KrimiBestenliste), a joint project of the FAZ and Deutschlandradio Kultur, as number five. In January 2019, The Neighbour is voted number three, in February it is voted number seven.




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Rosencof-MBased on a true story, the Netflix production A Twelve-Year Night (“La noche de 12 años), tells how in 1973 Uruguay’s government turned into a military dictatorship and how three men, including the future president José Mújica, were hold in captivity for 12 long years. The film is currently available on Netflix in over 30 countries. It is based on the book written by two of the characters of the film: Mauricio Rosencof and Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro, Jail Memories (Memorias del calabozo).


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Lisboa-AWith her volume of poetry Small Music (“Uma pequena música) the Brazilian writer Adriana Lisboa is second in the category “Poetry” of the prestigious Premio Literario Casa de las Américas 2019, one of the most important Latin American literary awards.


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We are mourning the death of our author Edgar Hilsenrath, who passed away on 30th December.


Edgar Hilsenrath was a survivor of the Jewish holocaust and one of the most important contemporary writers in German language. His work has been translated in over thirty countries and he has been recognized through the most distinguished literary awards, like the Lion Feuchtwanger Prize and the city of Heidelberg’s Hilde Domin Prize for Literature in Exile 2016.

We are thankful to have had the pleasure and honour to work with Edgar and to accompany him for so many years. The last time we saw him was in July 2018 in our office in Frankfurt, invited for an interview to La Repubblica. Still in November, he travelled to Paris to give an interview to Radio France Culture.


Edgar Hilsenrath will be sorely missed by all who have known him. And at the same time, we will find consolation in his work, which will accompany us for all time.






Delgado-MMario Delgado Aparaín has received the Morosoli de Oro Prize in its 24th edition, one of the most important cultural awards in Uruguay which is awarded by the Lolita Rubial Foundation in Minas. Among the former laureates are Mario Benedetti (2006) and Eduardo Galeano (2008).



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Melo-PGog Magog by Patrícia Melo is number 1 on the Bestenliste Weltempfänger Winter 2018 by Litprom.


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Litprom also recommends the translation of the novel Oestrogens by Leticia Martin into German.


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“The Sibyl” by Agustina Bessa-Luís, “Learning to Pray in the Age of Technology” by Gonçalo M. Tavares, “The Murmuring Coast” by Lídia Jorge, and “The Return” by Dulce Maria Cardoso are among the Top 10 of Portuguese Literature chosen by Babelia, the cultural supplement of El País, one of the most traditional and important daily newspapers of Spain. Other authors included are José Saramago and António Lobo Antunes.







Rogelio Guedea wins the Albert Jovell Prize for novels 2018 with his work “Habitaciones compartidas”. The prize is awarded for the fourth time, and the work will be published by Editorial Almuzara. Guedea’s novel has been selected out of 96 manuscripts. The award ceremony will take place on December 14th.



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Gala-MMarcial Gala wins the Premio Ñ 2018 with his novel Call Me Cassandra (working title: “Intensos compromisos con la nada”).




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Marc-Uwe_Kling_Fotograf_Sven_Hagolani_2017_03_SWFeltrinelli secured the Italian rights to QualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling. Taiwanese, Dutch, Russian and Swedish rights have also been sold recently, and an offer for Chinese rights has been received.


We're happy to announce two English language deals for QualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling: In partnership with William Morris, rights have been sold in a preempt to Grand Central (Hachette) in the USA and at auction to Orion in the UK.


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WME has also closed a television deal with Lionsgate for Mike Judge (Silicon Valley, Idiocracy) to Executive Produce, Write, and Direct.






IMG_1551-11_SWGonçalo M. Tavares is one of five finalists of the Prémio PEN Clube with his novel The Woman-Without-a-Head and the Man-With-the-Evil-Eye (“A mulher-sem-cabeça e o homem- do-mau-olhado”).

Among the former laureates are Agustina Bessa-Luís and José Saramago.


Tavares is also the winner of the Literature Without Frontiers Prize (Literatură fără Frontiere), Romania, for his contribution to world literature with his complete works.


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Terron-JNight Within Night (“Noite dentro da noite”) by Joca Reiners Terron has been shortlisted for the Jabuti Prize 2018 in the category novels. The winner will be announced on 8th November 2018. The prize consists of 100,000 Brazilian Reais for the author of the year and 5,000 Brazilian Reais for the winners of each category.




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Kling-MMarc-Uwe Kling receives the German Science Fiction Award 2018 for his novel QualityLand.

According to the jury, QualityLand is the best German genre novel in the category of science fiction.


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Agualusa-JJosé Eduardo Agualusa has been awarded the Premi Llibreter 2018 in Barcelona for the Catalan translation of his novel Teoria Geral do Esquecimento (“A General Theory of Oblivion”). The jury consists of booksellers.



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Couto-MMia Couto is invited to the Shanghai International Literary Week (SILW) in August in Shanghai, next to Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk. Four novels by Mia Couto are launched and presented in China and Taiwan this year, and Nicole Witt is happy to accompany the author on his journey to Shanghai and Beijing.


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Kling-MRights to QualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling have just been acquired by Kawade Sobo Shinsha, one of the most important literary publishing houses in Japan. Their international list includes contemporary and classic authors such as Chimamanda Ngozo Adichie, George Saunders, Patricia Highsmith, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jack Kerouak and Thomas Mann. Recently Kawade published very successfully "Look Who's Back" by Timur Vermes.


Ullstein launched the original German edition of QualityLand with a first print run of 200,000 copies on 22nd September 2017, and the novel jumped from position zero to 6 on the Spiegel Bestseller list in the first week thereafter. Today, it's still among the top 20.


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Jeanmaire-FTacos altos (“High Heels”) by Federico Jeanmaire is number 4 on the Bestenliste Weltempfänger Sommer 2018 by Litprom.


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OndjakiWe are happy to share the recent praise for the English language edition of Ondjaki’s novel Os transparentes (“Transparent City”) by Biblioasis:


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Os transparentes (“Transparent City”) owes as much to Franz Kafka and Mikhail Bulgakov as it does to Gabriel García Márquez.

TLS May 2018


“A contemporary masterpiece”

The Star, Toronto





Silva-FNat Geo Kids has greenlit its first two original productions for children in Latin America, entitled Nat Geo Lab and Pilar and will develop the Pilar series by Flávia Lins e Silva into an animated series for young audiences.

Nat Geo Kids launched in July 2017 in Latin America, followed by a separate launch in Brazil in September. The multiplatform destination is a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox.


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Almeida-GGermano Almeida of Cape Verde is the winner of the 2018 Camões Prize for Literature, the most prestigious international award honoring the work of Portuguese language writers.


Among its former winners are Miguel Torga, Jorge Amado, José Saramago, Pepetela, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Agustina Bessa-Luís, Lygia Fagundes Telles and Mia Couto. The prize consists of 100.000 Euro.


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Bambaren-SDaniel Dolphin and the Guardians of the Ocean is a 3D-animated adventure film for the whole family inspired by the bestselling novels of Sergio Bambaren, The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer and The Dolphin – Ten Years later, with over 14 million copies sold. It will share the message that we have to protect what we love: our oceans and each other.


The film will be produced by Rainmaker Entertainment, a division of WOW! UNLIMITED MEDIA, who just finished "Surf's Up 2". The attached director is Kyle Jefferson, who worked as previs supervisor on "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and co-directed "Megamind" (DreamWorks).


The budget is over 20 million U$. The world release is planned for Christmas 2019.


The film is now officially announced at the Cannes Film Festival.


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Kling-MQualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling is the WINNER of the WDR Audience Award.


The WDR Audience Award of the West German Broadcasting Corporation, a public institution founded in 1956 and the second largest radio and television station in Europe after the BBC, was celebrated on 6th March 2018 in a ceremony which is at the same time going to open the renowned lit.COLOGNE literary festival.



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Couto-MWe are happy to share the recent praise for the English language edition of Mia Couto's novel Mulheres de Cinza (“Women of the Ashes”) by Farrar, Straus and Giroux:


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"A rich historical tale thick with allegory and imagery that recalls Márquez and Achebe.”

Kirkus Reviews


"Couto achieves a powerful narrative.”

Library Journal


„An excellent novel, a fascinating, intricate story.“

Publishers Weekly



Mulheres de Cinza (“Women of the Ashes") by Mia Couto is number 6 on the Bestenliste Weltempfänger Spring 2018 by Litprom.








Melo-PThe French edition of Fogo-Fátuo by Patrícia Melo was voted n° 8 of the TOP 20 of Crime Novel 2017.


Le Monde (blog polar)


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Terron-JNoite dentro da noite (“Night Within Night”), the latest novel by Joca Reiners Terron, figures as number 3 in the list of best books of 2017 of Folha de S.Paulo, the second largest newspaper in Brazil.





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QualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling is among 18 nominations out of 279 proposals for the German Audio Book Award 2018!


The hardcover edition of the novel, which jumped from position zero to 6 in the first week after its launching on 22nd September 2017, rose again to number 6 on the Spiegel Bestseller list.


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Kling-MQualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling has been voted among the 10 most popular audiobooks 2017.


The WDR Audience Award of the West German Broadcasting Corporation, a public institution founded in 1956 and the second largest radio and television station in Europe after the BBC, will be celebrated on 6th March in a ceremony which is at the same time going to open the renowned lit.COLOGNE literary festival.


Photo © Ramon Kramer





Tavares-GGonçalo M. Tavares is the youngest winner of the prestigious Vergílio Ferreira Prize, created by the University of Évora in 1997 for the body of work of a Portuguese-speaking author dedicated to narrative and/or essay. Among the former laureates are Agustina Bessa-Luis, Mia Couto and Lídia Jorge.




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 Heitor Cony passed away on 5th January 2018.


He is one of Brazil's most distinguished authors. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1926, he has been a writer and journalist all his life, witnessing and chronicling almost a century of modern Brazilian history. He has three Jabuti prizes to his name and in 1996, he won the Machado do Assis prize in recognition of his body of work.


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Couto-MThe German language edition of Mulheres de Cinza (“Women of Ashes”) by Mia Couto, entitled Imani, has been voted on the prestigious SWR Best List for the 2nd time in a row, this time as number 3, following Peter Handke and Tristan Garcia.    2018


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Cuenca-JPThis year the Brazilian Biblioteca Nacional Foundation distinguishes the novel Descobri que estava morto (“The Day I Found Out I was Dead”) by JP Cuenca with the prestigious Machado de Assis Award as the Best Novel of the Year. The prize consists of 100,000 Reais (approx. 26,000 Euros) and is one of the most important literary prizes in Brazil.


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Gala-MWe're excited to inform that we have sold world English rights to La catedral de los negros, outstanding novel by Marcial Gala which received the Alejo Carpentier Award for novels and the Critics' Award for the best books published in Cuba in 2012 to Farrar, Straus & Giroux.


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Abad_NewsAlso we're happy to announce that we have sold UK rights to La Oculta and El olvido que seremos by our bestselling Colombian author Héctor Abad Faciolince to World Editions.


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Italian rights of our bestelling Argentine author Viviana Rivero went to Giunti.


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Kling-MQualityLand, the first stand-alone novel by the German bestselling author Marc-Uwe Kling, jumped from position zero to 6 in the first week after its launching.


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Press on QualityLand:


Kling's narration is formally captivating and imaginative - the most exciting political novel in a long time.

Druckfrisch, Denis Scheck


A featherweight comedy with a dark wit and inventive pictures.

FAZ, Sandra Kegel


A society satire, to laugh oneself to death, for all who are not yet dead.

Die Zeit, Elisabeth von Thadden






We are delighted to welcome a new author:



Querzia-BBoris Quercia was born in Santiago, Chile in 1966. He is an actor, director, screenwriter and novelist. He is the director of Sexo con Amor (“Sex with Love”), one of the most watched films of the local cinema, and Los 80 (“The Eighties”), the most highly-awarded series of Chilean television. As a writer he won the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière 2016 with his second novel. Currently he is writing his third novel.


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Ali-BBachtyar Ali has been awarded the prestigious Nelly-Sachs-Prize, consisting of 15,000 Euro. The prize is granted biennialy since 1961. Among the former laureates are Elias Canetti, Nadine Gordimer, Milan Kundera, David Grossman, Margaret Atwood and Marie NDiaye.

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Couto-MThe German language edition of Mulheres de Cinza (“Women of Ashes”) by Mia Couto, entitled Imani, has been voted number 5 on the prestigious SWR Best List September 2017, among authors such as Henry James, Ismail Kadare, Yasmina Reza and Colson Whitehead.


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Agualusa-JTeoria Geral do Esquecimento (“A General Theory of Oblivion”) by José Eduardo Agualusa is number 1 on the Bestenliste Weltempfänger Autumn 2017 by Litprom.


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Urquiza-ANo hay risas en el cielo (“There's no Laughter in the Sky”) by Ariel Urquiza has been longlisted for the Hispanic-American Short Story Award Gabriel García Márquez 2017. Among the 13 selected authors are Mariana Enriquez, Edmundo Paz Soldán and Soledad Puértolas. The shortlist will be announced in October.


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Agualusa-JJosé Eduardo Agualusa has been awarded the DUBLIN Literary Award 2017 (previously IMPAC Dublin Award) with his novel Teoria Geral do Esquecimento (“A General Theory of Oblivion”).


José Eduardo Agualusa was selected from a shortlist that includes among other authors such as Mia Couto, Anne Enright, Orhan Pamuk, Robert Seethaler and Hanya Yanagihara. The prize consists of 100,000 Euro, to be shared between the author and his translator Daniel Hahn.


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Agualusa-J José Eduardo Agualusa's A Vida no Céu is among the winners of the Destacados de ALIJA 2016, committed by the Argentinian section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).


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deGrammont-GFor her novel Palavras cruzadas (“Crossed words”), Guiomar de Grammont has been awarded the Prêmio PEN Clube do Brazil in the category of fictional texts.

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Among ten, two of our authors have been shortlisted for the DUBLIN Literary Award (previously IMPAC Dublin award):


Agualusa-JCouto-M Photo © Rosa Cunha, Photo © Daniel Mordzinski

José Eduardo Agualusa (winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2007 and shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016) with Teoria Geral do Esquecimento (“A General Theory of Oblivion”) and


Mia Couto (winner of the Camões Prize for Literature 2013, of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2014 and shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2015) with A confissão da leoa (“The Confession of the Lioness”).

The announcement of the winner will be made on 21st June.