Our Little Pike has reached the peak of its world domination: the fantastic novel, dubbed as the “bomb” and a “formidable punk fairytale”, written by Juhani Karila, has now been sold to the English world. The publisher in the USA and Canada is Restless Books, and the publisher in Great Britain and The Commonwealth is Pushkin Press.
Restless Books is an independent, nonprofit house devoted to “championing essential voices from around the world whose stories speak to us across linguistic and cultural borders”, in the words of the publisher.
Pushkin Press is a beautiful publisher based in Great Britain, interested in everything from timeless classics to the urgent and contemporary. The house has published some of the twentieth century’s most widely acclaimed and brilliant authors who have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the International Booker Prize, and even won the Nobel Prize.
Fishing for the Little Pike has been recently published in the French world, in translation by Claire Saint-Germain, where it was met with raging reviews, comparing the book to Shakespeare, Paasilinna, Rabelais and Don Quixote. The novel is now nominated for Prix Micheline, a booksellers’ prize for the best literary debut.
World English is the 12th foreign rights territory for Karila’s novel, and the previous deals include:
World Arab, Al Arabi;
Denmark, Jensen & Dalgaard;
Estonia, Hea Lugu;
World French, La Peuplade;
Hungary, Metropolis Media;
Congratulations to the author! Don’t forget to tune in Literature from Finland podcast episode MYTH, where Karila discussed myths from and about Finland.