dijous, 19 de març de 2009

'Trago amargo' (Bitter Drink) sold to Denoël (France)!

Éditions Denoël has acquired French Rights of ''Trago amargo'' (Bitter Drink), by F.G.Haghencbeck. This wonderful crime novel will be published in their prestigious series '& d'ailleurs',where you can find titles by authors such as Alan Bennett, Juan Villoro, Sarah Waters, Takeshi Kitano, Chuck Palahniuk or Arto Paasilinna amongst others.

'Trago amargo', originally published by Joaquín Mortiz (México) is one of those stories that ‘one writes at ease, like being at home’ says Francisco Gerardo Haghenbeck, its author (Mexico City, 1965). With this work the author was unanimously awarded the National Una Vuelta de Tuerca Award to the best crime novel in Mexico. (2006).

RocaEditorial (Spain) recently acquired World Spanish Rights (except Mexico) and will release it in June 2009. Now, Denoël has been the first international Publisher to acquire translation rights.
Translation rights (except French) are free. (info@salmaialit.com) 

divendres, 6 de març de 2009

Behind the Spanish Barricades: Catalan Rights Sold

We are very happy to announce the deal for Catalan rights of Behind the Spanish Barricades, by John-Langdon Davies, on behalf of Il Caduceo Literary Agency. The book will be published by Angle Editorial.
This wonderful book, a chronicle of the first weeks of the Spanish Civil War, was first published in English in 1936 and was reissued by Reportage Press (UK) in 2007.
The deal for Catalan rights comes after the deal for Spanish rights to Península Ediciones, which was announced in a previous post of the blog.

For more info click on the following link: 
John Langdon-Davies (1897-1971)

19 pulgadas at the European Festival of Debut Novels

Patricia Rodríguez's 19 pulgadas (19 Inches) has been selected as the Spanish representative at the European Festival of Debut Novels 2009, which will be celebrated this spring at the Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel, Germany.

19 Pulgadas (19 inches), by Patricia Rodríguez
El Aleph – Grup 62 
227 pp. 

19 pulagdas is a surprising debut novel and narrative excercise. As if it were an impressionistic painting, the author gives brushstrokes, suggests characters, sketches landscapes… but never giving a final shape, and manages to depict a reality very close to that of so many young Westerners, in which everything is staggering and there is nothing to grab at, an everyday life in which "we only exist within ourselves, in a place that always remains immobile and from where it is very difficult to escape." 

19 pulgadas recounts the story of a group of mostly young women living in London. From various social and geographical origins, the ties that bind them are ephemeral and selfish. All of them are drugaddicts, some even dealers. Disoriented and dominated by a suffocating apathy, they do not seem to aspire to nothing else than to satisfy their craving for entertainment, fun and pleasure. Among fortuitous encounters and more or less fortunate relationships, they aimlessly wander in a merciless city, so crude and pragmatic as themselves, "a frozen and dark city, a dense and impenetrable environment, in which it is almost impossible to find related or similar life forms". 

‘An author whose voice is worth paying attention to’ Babelia 

‘In her first novel Patricia Rodríguez unfolds the overwhelming void of a world crowded with youngsters’ El País 

Patricia Rodríguez (Valladolid, 1975) is a Bachelor of Arts (University of Middlesex). 
During the last years she’s been a contributor to El País de las tentaciones and Vanidad
In 2002 she was one of the founders of the magazine Kilimanjaro, devoted to literature and arts. She’s been living in London since 1995. 
19 pulgadas is her first novel.