Pirkko Saisio’s Autofictional trilogy pre-empted in Germany by Klett-Cotta

Pre-empted late last year in France by Robert Laffont and in the Netherlands by De Geus, Saisio’s legendary trilogy travels now to Germany.

Pirkko Saisio’s Autofictional trilogy – The Lowest Common Multiple (1998); The Backlight (2000) and The Red Book of Farewells (2003) – is one of the masterpieces in Finnish literature. Each novel was nominated for Finland’s biggest literary award, the Finlandia Prize, the last one finally taking the prize.

The latest nomination for Saisio, who has during her career received numerous literary awards, came only last year from her bestselling novel Passion – a color-saturated, Tarkovskian chronicle of Europe.

The Editorial Director for literary fiction at Klett-Cotta, Corinna Kroker, stated about the trilogy:

“I’ve not come across such beautiful, stunning prose for a long time. (…)

Saisio chooses carefully what to say and what not to say. She therefore opens the room of words to deeper layers of meaning – which I admire. Her prose breathes in its own rhythm and takes the reader on a journey of language and silence. (…)

So many of the topics which Pirkko Saisio touches with her prose are more than relevant today – feminism, class, sexuality – but there’s more to it. Relationships or love are no longer personal topics. Saisio is brilliant in exploring how individuality and society, even class, always go hand in hand.

And look the structure! Saisio works with overlapping layers that reflect the quest of the narrator so incredibly well. The quest for love, for identity, for belonging and for a life as a writer.”

Klett-Cotta is not only one of the most prestigious publishing houses in Germany, but also the oldest: it was also the publisher of such authors as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller. Today, Klett-Cotta publishes, among others, J.R.R. Tolkien, Bernardine Evaristo, Anna Burns, and Steve Sem-Sandberg.

Saisio’s autofictional trilogy is published in Hungarian by Polar. The Red Book of Farewell’s will be published in the North American area by Two Lines Press. Earlier, it has been published in Slovenian and Swedish.

Read also news about the Dutch pre-empt and the French pre-empt.

A History of Finland sold to Azerbaijan

Henrik Meinander (photo: Kenneth Bamberg)

April has been a great month for the Finnish nonfiction: after just announcing the World English deal for Henrik Meinander’s book about Marshal Mannerheim, we are now happy to share that foreign rights of the author’s A History of Finland have been sold to Azerbaijan. The publisher is Kitabistan.

This is the 14th foreign rights deal for the book.

The Azeri language edition is scheduled to be published on the occasion of the Finnish Independence Day, the 6th of December.

Henrik Meinander (b. 1960) is a professor of history at the University of Helsinki and the author of many acclaimed books on Finnish and Nordic history. He was formerly curator of the Mannerheim Museum in Helsinki.

Congratulations to the author!

Piia Leino’s thriller Apogee sold to Hungary

Happy news from Hungary! Piia Leino’s sci-fi thriller Apogee (2021) has been sold to Metropolis Media.

Apogee (2021)

Metropolis Media’s list consists of various collections, such as Nobel Prize winners, EU Prize for literature nominees and winners, as well as other high quality fiction. They have previously published Juhani Karila’s novel Fishing for the Little Pike, and acquired the rights for E. L. Karhu’s novel To My Brother earlier this month.

Piia Leino won the EU Prize for Literature in 2018 with her novel Heaven, sold to 13 territories.

“[…] like Philip K. Dick, Piia Leino has a gift for incredibly fluid narration. The topics of Overtime may be weighty, but the storytelling is light. One doesn’t come across such a combination every day.”
– Keskisuomalainen newspaper on Overtime

Congratulations to the author!

Two-book deal for Leena Krohn in Croatia

Every foreign rights deal is a small celebration at the agency, but the modern classics sales are something we are especially happy about and proud of: it is a privilege to introduce for the first time some of the biggest names in the Finnish literary scene to the foreign readers.

Tainaron (2006 edition)

Croatian publisher Hangar 7 will now publish two titles of Leena Krohn: the iconic novel Tainaron (1985 | 2006) and just as big success, novel Hotel Sapiens (2013).

Hangar 7 was founded in 2011, and is a publisher of some of the most legendary sci-fi and speculative fiction titles from all over the world. Among its authors are Stanislaw Lem, The Strugacki Brothers, Fonda Lee and others.

Leena Krohn’s (b. 1947) writing forms an impressive body of work. She has developed her ideas from the visible and the invisible, from consciousness and self, death and life, reality and illusion, good and evil. Her sly humor and lucid language speak of our existence in very strange realms with courage and intelligence. One of the greatest visionaries in Finnish literature, Krohn’s works have been translated to over 20 languages.

Congratulations to the author!

Thai rights for Minna Eväsoja’s nonfiction Shoshin sold

In turbulent times like ours, few things can offer consolation – literature, of course, being one of them.

Shoshin (2018)

Minna Eväsoja’s 2018 nonfiction Shoshin – The Mind of a Novice conveys the true beauty and calmness of Japanese philosophy, which the Thai publisher Nava deemed perfect for the age we live in: the Thai deal was closed in the end of April.

Nava Publishing has previously acquired a few titles from Finland, including illustrated children’s fiction by Salla Savolainen and Aino Havukainen & Sami Toivonen.

Congratulations to the author!