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.
Nicole Witt is invited as Fellow to FILBo, the International Book Fair of Bogotá, hold in April 2018:
receives the 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.
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.
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:
"A rich historical tale thick with allegory and imagery that recalls Márquez and Achebe.”
"Couto achieves a powerful narrative.”
„An excellent novel, a fascinating, intricate story.“
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 was voted n° 8 of theTOP 20 of Crime Novel 2017.
Le Monde (blog polar)
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.
Ñ, the cultural supplement of the mostly wide read daily newspaper in Argentina, finished 2017 with Ana María Shua as the cover title!
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.
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.
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.
The of Mulheres de Cinza by Mia Couto, entitled "Imani", has been voted on the prestigious SWR Best List for the , this time as number 3, following Peter Handke and Tristan Garcia.
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 14th of February 2017 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