De Bezige Bij acquires the Dutch rights to My Friend Natalia

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Dutch rights of Finlandia winner Laura Lindstedt’s new masterpiece My Friend Natalia have been sold to De Bezige Bij.

This book fits their high-end literary list perfectly – and Laura gets the honor of being the first Finnish author of De Bezige Bij! Their editorial team was hooked from the first pages of the sample:

”A universal and surprising novel, which, despite being experimental in form, is incredibly accessible with crystal clear prose. The conversations between Natalia and her therapist are full of wonderful insights about literature, art, feminism and sexuality and it is fascinating to see how their relationship develops throughout the novel.”
– Peter van der Zwaag, Editorial Director, De Bezige Bij

De Bezige Bij – The Busy Bee – is one of the oldest and most distinguished literary publishing houses in The Netherlands, and publish the very best of Dutch, Flemish and international literature: Mulisch, Claus, Hermans, and also Beckett, Bellow, Borges, Brodsky, Camus, Joyce, Kerouac, Lowry, Nabokov, Pavese, Plath, Proust, Salinger, Sartre and Woolf, as well as a diverse list of current authors such as A.M.Homes, Anne Enright, Rachel Cusk, Peter Carey, Lauren Groff, Orhan Pamuk, Mohsin Hamid, Alessandro Baricco, Amos Oz, Andrés Barba and Siri Hustvedt.

Click here to request reading materials – and join the amazing family of Laura’s publishers!

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Teos (orig.)
BELGIUM: De Bezige Bij
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
HUNGARY: Scolar Kiado
ITALY: Elliot Edizioni
NETHERLANDS: De Bezige Bij
NORWAY: Oktober
SWEDEN: Norstedts

Laura Lindstedt


Laura Lindstedt (b. 1976) became a critical darling with her adoption-themed debut novel Scissors (Sakset, Teos 2007), which earned her a nomination for the Finlandia Prize, the country’s most prestigious literary honour. She is currently revising her Ph.D. thesis on French author Nathalie Sarraute. Lindstedt’s second novel Oneiron (Teos 2015) is a work of speculative fiction that takes place in the mysterious moments that follow one’s death. Oneiron has continued Lindstedt’s critical success, earning her the coveted 2015 Finlandia Prize.

Bibliography


Laura Lindstedt

Oneiron

2015, Literary


Laura Lindstedt

Scissors

2007, Literary


Laura Lindstedt

My Friend Natalia

2019, Literary

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