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. 









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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.






The 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. Every month, a list of ten crime novels is compiled by a jury of 19 critics and crime specialists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


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Mario 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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Gog 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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Marcial Gala wins the Premio Ñ 2018 with his novel Intensos compromisos con la nada.





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Feltrinelli 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.





Gonçalo 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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David Toscana wins the Premio Iberoamericano de Novela Elena Poniatowska 2018 for his novel Olegaroy.

The prize consists of 500,000 MXN (approx. 23,000 Euros).




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Night 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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Marc-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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José 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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Mia 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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Rights 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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Tacos altos (“High Heels”) by Federico Jeanmaire is number 4 on the Bestenliste Weltempfänger Sommer 2018 by Litprom.


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We 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





Nat 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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Germano 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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"Khoury is one of the greatest writers of our times and perhaps the greatest Arabic-language writer of this generation, definite Nobel Prize material."


Avraham Burg on The Children of the Ghetto. My Name is Adam by Elias Khoury in Haaretz, May 2018











Daniel 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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David Toscana receives the Xavier Villaurrutia Award for Writers 2017 for his novel Olegaroy. The prize consists of 500,000 MXN (approx. 22,000 Euros) and is one of the most distinguished literary prizes in Mexico. Among the former laureates are Juan Rulfo, Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, Margo Glantz, Álvaro Mutis and Carmen Boullosa.


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QualityLand 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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We 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.








The 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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In the frame of Bogotá39-2017, organized by the Hay Festival, Daniel Ferreira has been selected as one of the 39 highest profile Latin American writers under the age of 40.

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Noite 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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QualityLand 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.


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Gonçalo 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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Carlos 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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The 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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This 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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We'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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Also 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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QualityLand, 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:



Boris 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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Bachtyar 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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The 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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Teoria 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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No 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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José 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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 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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For 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):


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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.