Frankfurt deals: Rights to Ray Girl sold in Germany and in Denmark and Cruel is the Night in Italy!

Supinen_Sade_etukansiWe are thrilled to announce that the German rights to Ray Girl and Jelly Control by Miina Supinen have been sold in a two-book-deal to Suhrkamp for publication in 2014 and 2015.  Danish rights to Ray Girl have been acquired by Turbine Forlaget for publication in 2014.

A mystical love story. Beauty meets two beasts in search of the meaning of life and death.

“I wanted to write a novel about the most important things in life – love and death. I wanted to say something new and fresh, genuine and heart-breaking and still fabulously fun. Ray Girl is an extraordinary love triangle, a novel about light and shadow, about the impermanence of everything and amazingly good sex. Plus a little about archaeology and ancient gods and wildflowers.“ – Writer Miina Supinen

Praise:
“Säde (Ray Girl)  invites the reader to surrender.”   Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“Miina Supinen’s book (Jelly Control) is side-splittingly hilarious.“ – Helsingin Sanomat  newspaper, Finland

Reading material: English sample and synopsis; Finnish edition
Original publisher: WSOY, September 2013, 328 pp.

 

Hamalainen_Ilta on julma_cover_(c) WSOY 2013Italian rights to literary thriller Cruel is the Night by Karo Hämäläinen have been sold to Newton Compton for publication in 2014.

Agatha Christie meets Quentin Tarantino by way of Alfred Hitchcock.

Praise for Cruel is the Night:
“ A thriller that lasts the duration of a dinner is a compelling setup. The diners’ repartee and the flashbacks revealing their relationships call to mind Herman Koch’s The Dinner, translated into Finnish last year. Hämäläinen’s novel takes things to a completely different level, however. – The reader follows events safely through a wall of Plexiglas, holding back laughter but absolutely absorbed.”
 – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

Reading material: English sample and synopsis; German sample, Finnish edition
Original publisher: WSOY, August  2013, 345 pp.

Rights enquiries: Elina@ahlbackagency.com

Karo Hämäläinen


Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

Miina Supinen


Miina Supinen (b. 1976) is a journalist, essayist and author. Her critically acclaimed novels and short stories have a dedicated fan following, and many consider her the funniest, most effervescent female writer in Finland. Nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Debut Book of the Year Award in 2007, her novel Jelly Control (Liha tottelee kuria, WSOY 2007), is a cult classic. The collection of short stories, Land of the Apatosaurus (Apatosauruksen maa, WSOY 2010), was nominated for the 2010 Runeberg Prize.

Based on Supinen’s radio plays, Violet Jawbone’s Career Guide (Orvokki Leukaluun urakirja, WSOY 2013) was published in the spring of 2013. Ray Girl (Säde, WSOY 2013), is a mystical love story examining death, beauty, love, religion, sexual norms and culture clashes. Her latest book, Jingle Land (Mantelimaa, Tammi 2015), is a darkly comical look at Christmas obsession gone awry.