We are very happy to announce that LEDA, publisher of bestselling fiction, nonfiction and educational titles, has acquired Czech rights to Jussi Valtonen’s Finlandia Prize-winning They Know Not What They Do (Tammi 2014)
Among other contemporary authors published by LEDA are Khaled Hosseini, Marilynne Robinson and Kazuo Ishiguro. LEDA has also published classics by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Set in the U.S. and Finland, They Know Not What They Do explores family loyalties, scientific ethics and the search for identity in a fragmented and technology-ruled society. It has been Finland’s most talked-about novel since its publication in 2014, and has sold 100,000 copies. Rights are sold in eight territories.
Praise from international publishers:
“Jussi Valtonen’s work is ambitious, moving and fresh in the way it regards some of the major issues of our societies.”
– Sophie de Closets, Président Directeur Général, Fayard, France
“Jussi Valtonen is a wonderful writer who asks crucial questions about our time and the technological progress, scrutinizing if it really should be one of the highest goods of our society. Mainly, though, he portrays a family with all possible empathy, and portrays people living and working, loving and failing.”
– Anvar Cukoski, Editor, Piper Verlag, Germany
“It is so exciting to come across a novelist who seeks to engage deeply with the questions of our time, and in They Know Not What They Do Jussi Valtonen has achieved that rare thing – an intelligent, compellingly readable, and above all thought-provoking novel.”
– Juliet Mabey, Publisher, Oneworld, UK
“Jussi Valtonen is one of those authors who can evoke a change in your thoughts, ideas and prejudices, while entertaining you at the same time. The thin line between what we think is our reality, and what it could become, is fascinating. His psychological portraits and observations on science and society are spot on.”
– Juliette van Wersch, Publisher, Signatuur/A.W. Bruna, Netherlands
“This book is fresh and contemporary…it does not contain a single unnecessary word.”
– Ingrida Dubauskienė, editor, Alma Littera, Lithuania
“Jussi Valtonen is the first Finnish author we are going to work with, and we’re very happy to publish his brilliant novel in Hungarian. We are convinced that Valtonen’s fiction will enchant readers on the Ugrian side of our Finno-Ugric language family.”
– András Vörös, Editor, Cser Publishing, Hungary
About They Know Not What They Do:
When professor Joe Chayefski’s neuroscience lab in Baltimore is attacked by animal rights activists, he doesn’t connect the dots at first. But when he receives a phone call from Alina, his Finnish ex-wife, he begins to realize that the threats on his career and new family are connected to Samuel, the son he left behind in Finland two decades ago.
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
CZECH REPUBLIC, LEDA
GERMANY, Piper Verlag
LITHUANIA, Alma Littera
NETHERLANDS, Signatuur/A.W. Bruna
WORLD ENGLISH, Oneworld Publications