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.
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:
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We are happy to share with you that José Eduardo Agualusa is on the cover page of L'Humanité on 18th of April 2019.
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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HBO 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 one of the finalists 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.
Among the former laureates are Patrick Modiano, J.G Ballard, Claudio Magris, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, and Erri de Luca.
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The 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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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, in February it is voted number seven.
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Based 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”).
With 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.
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.
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).
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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”).