French rights to Johanna Sinisalo’s The Core of the Sun sold to Actes Sud

Sinisalo_Auringon ydinWe are thrilled to announce that the French rights to Johanna Sinisalo’s The Core of the Sun (Auringon ydin, Teos 2013) have been sold to Actes Sud for publication in 2015. Previously the German rights were acquired by Klett-Cotta, for publication in Fall 2014. Rights to Johanna Sinisalo’s works have been sold in 19 territories.

The Core of the Sun depicts a dystopian version of Finland called the Finnish Eusistocratic Republic. Here sex has been turned into a commodity, and women have been bred into two subspecies based on their ability to provide pleasure and bear children.


“The Core of the Sun is Johanna Sinisalo’s best novel since the Finlandia Prize-winning Not Before Sundown (Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi, Tammi 2000)….it deals with themes similar to those in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s largest newspaper 

Rights sold: 
France, Actes Sud
Germany, Klett-Cotta

Original publisher: Finland, Teos

Please ask the Agency for reading materials.

For more information see Johanna Sinisalo Rights Guide.


Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is one of Finland’s most successful and internationally acclaimed authors. Praised by readers and critics alike, she has won several literary prizes, among them the Finlandia Prize in 2000 and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004. Johanna Sinisalo has been nominated for the Prix Escapades 2012, the Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Traveller”) award in 2014 and the Nebula Award in 2008. Her works have been translated into 19 languages.


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The Core of the Sun

2013, Fantasy & S/F

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The Blood of Angels

2011, Fantasy & S/F

Johanna Sinisalo


2008, Fantasy & S/F

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Not Before Sundown

2000, Fantasy & S/F

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Hidden Powers

2010, Fantasy & S/F

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The Land of Mobius

2010, Middle-Grade

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The Glass-Eye

2006, Fantasy & S/F

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The Handless Kings and Other Disturbing Tales

2005, Fantasy & S/F

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Renate’s Story

2018, Fantasy & S/F

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Strangers Inside

2020 Spring, Fantasy & S/F

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