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.
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.
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.
Italian rights of our bestelling Argentine author Viviana Rivero went to Giunti.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Among ten, two of our authors have been shortlisted for the DUBLIN Literary Award (previously IMPAC Dublin award):
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.
We are delighted to welcome a new author:
Jennifer Thorndike was born in Peru in 1983. She has two novels and volumes of short stories to her name and was part of the delegation "Ochenteros" at the Guadalajara Book Fair 2017, formed by twenty outstanding Latin American writers born in the eighties. Currently she is finishing her third novel.
We are delighted to welcome nine new authors:
Also from Argentina come renowned Jorge Consiglio
and newcomer Leticia Martin,
as well as our colleague Mercedes Güiraldes with an autobiographical book.
Autobiographical also describes Flaviano Bianchini’s journey using the false identity of an illegal migrant,
Also a real discovery are Marcial Gala from Cuba
and Liliana Blum from Mexico, both with acclaimed new novels to their name.
Last but not least, we are happy to begin promoting the work of the bestselling German author Marc-Uwe Kling,
and the bestselling author from Peru/Australia Sergio Bambaren.
Elias Khoury has been shortlisted with his new novel The Children of the Ghetto. My Name is Adam. for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) 2017, the most important literary prize in the Arab world, run with the support of the Booker Prize Foundation in London.
The novels selected were chosen from 186 entries from 19 countries, all published within the last 12 months. Each of the six shortlisted finalists receives U$ 10,000, with a further U$ 50,000 going to the winner. The shortlist was chosen by a panel of five judges chaired by Palestinian novelist Sahar Khalifa.
Bachtyar Ali's bestselling novel was presented at the prestigious Books at Berlinale programme on February 14th by Nicole Witt. The novel has sold 35,000 copies in Iraqi Kurdistan and nearly 10,000 copies in its German edition at Unionsverlag. The novel is "a drumbeat" according to SZ
The latest novel by David Toscana, "Evangelia", has been voted number one in two lists of best books of 2016: In the list of Siempre! and in the list of the prestigious Mexican newspaper Milenium where Toscana is followed by authors such as John Banville, Martin Amis and Svetlana Alexievich:
José Luís Peixoto’s novel “Galveias” has won the prestigious Prémio Oceanos 2016 (formerly: Portugal Telecom), Brazilian literary award for works in Portuguese language. The prize consists of 100.000 R$ for the first place and is awarded annually since 2003. Among the winners of earlier years you find Milton Hatoum, Gonçalo M. Tavares, Cristovão Tezza and Chico Buarque.
Please contact us in case you would like to receive the complete English translation of "Galveias"
Edgar Hilsenrath has been awarded the city of Heidelberg’s Hilde Domin Prize for Literature in Exile 2016 for his body of work.
The president of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Estela de Carlotto, has awarded Ana María Shua the Democracy in Literature Prize.
We are delighted to welcome four new authors:
The highly promising Iraqi-Kurdistan author Bachtyar Ali , whose novel The Last Pomegranate is now enthusiastically celebrated in its German edition (Unionsverlag). French rights have already been sold to Ed. Métailié. Ali's novel I Stared at the Night of the City was recently published at Periscope in English language.
Joseph, de zwarte Mozart (“Joseph, the Black Mozart”) Jan Jacobs Mulder a vivid historical novel set in Haiti and Paris in 1799, based on a true story. The novel has just been launched at Xander in the Netherlands. An English sample translation will be available soon.
Hernán Ronsino, one of the finest Latin American authors of the younger generation, has been selected to be part of the official Argentine delegation attending this year’s FBF. The German edition of his novel Lumbre (“Firelight”)has just been shortlisted for the Hotlist of independent publishers:
Ronsino's work is forthcoming at Gallimard in France and at Melville House in the USA.
Ariel Urquiza, whose novel No hay risas en el cielo (“No Laughter in the Sky“) was awarded the prestigious Casa de las Américas Prize this year (under the title „Ni una sola voz en el cielo“). The volume will be published at Corregidor in Buenos Aires and presented at the Guadalajara Book Fair 2016.