June deals round-up: Finlandia Prize winning dystopian satire to China, feel-good family novel to Hungary

Here’s a batch of our most recent deals and reviews of adults’ fiction, please get in touch with us for reading materials for the titles that raise your interest!

Jussi Valtonen’s They Know Not What They Do sold to China
We recently closed the 10th deal for this modern epic which won the Finlandia Prize in 2015 and sold 110,000 copies in Finland alone. China International Radio Press intends to introduce a list of Nordic fiction to Chinese readers, and was enthusiastic about securing the simplified Chinese rights of Valtonen’s novel: “The book, which is unique in genre and style, has remarkable insight into the modern life of Finland. It is a fascinating classic of Nordic literature,” said Zhang Juan Ping, editor of China International Radio Press.

Miika Nousiainen’s Roots sold to Hungary
Hungarian publisher Kossuth has acquired the rights to Miika Nousiainen’s feel-good hit Roots. The novel weaves human life and the dental glossary together laugh-out-loud well and tells the story of two brothers, who embark on a journey to find out the truth about their long-lost father. Roots has been sold to 7 languages to date.

Pauliina Susi’s Rear Window gathers blogger praise in Germany
“A very clever thriller with an incredibly exciting and explosive story that captivates until the end and shows how vulnerable the digitalized world makes us, and how fast the innovative, virtual crime develops.” – Der Kultur-Blog
“Power, money and sex… that works in a thriller, always.” – KrimiKiosk blog
“A large number of interesting characters are introduced as the story unfolds, and the changing perspective (the fact that the reader is made aware of various, crossing plot lines early on) make this thriller very exciting.” – Buchwurm blog

Elina Ahlback Literary Agency celebrates its 8th anniversary in June: We wish to thank everyone who has collaborated with us along the way, and raise a toast to many good years to come!

Jussi Valtonen

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Jussi Valtonen (b. 1974) is an author and psychologist from Helsinki. He has studied neuropsychology in the United States and screenwriting in the UK, and has also worked as a science reporter. He has written three novels and a short story collection.

Carried by Wings (Siipien kantamat, Tammi 2007) was given second place in Bonnier’s novel competition, and received a warm reception from both critics and bloggers. In 2014 Valtonen was awarded the Finlandia Prize, the country’s highest-profile literary award, for They Know Not What They Do (He eivät tiedä mitä tekevät, Tammi 2014).

Miika Nousiainen

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Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He works as a journalist and writes also for television.

Pauliina Susi

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Pauliina Susi has worked as a journalist and editor at several well-known Finnish magazines. She has a master’s degree in political science, and is known for her ability to incorporate current themes into her prose. Her debut novel  was nominated for the prestigious Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize and In the Rear Window is the Winner of the Clue of the Year 2016, a recognition of the best crime fiction or detective novel of the year.