Dutch pre-empt for Roots by Miika Nousiainen

Prometheus, the prestigious Dutch publishing house of authors such as Jonathan Franzen and Jeffrey Eugenides, has acquired Dutch rights to Miika Nousiainen’s Roots in a pre-empt. Rights have previously sold in Sweden and Italy.

“We are very, very happy to be the Dutch publishers of this wonderfully written, both hilarious and moving novel by Miika Nousiainen. This fast-paced and tragicomic story immediately grabs the reader’s attention with its irresistible humour and suspense, while combining universal themes with typical Finnish elements. Absolutely brilliant. We cannot wait till we can surprise Dutch readers with this unique novel,” says Sophie Visser, editor at Prometheus.

The book was published in Finland this month and has received glowing reviews in the press: “Roots’ undoubtable trump card is its incisive and genuine yet stylized cast of characters that create a microcosm: in essence, a portrayal of humanity and mankind,” stated Keskisuomalainen newspaper.

Roots is at the same time hilarious and touching novel about family relations, roots and rootlessness; the right to your own home country and identity, and the common denominator of humankind. As Cristina Gerosa, the editorial director at Nousiainen’s Italian publisher Iperborea noted: “A great book: you read it in one breath, it makes you cry (several times) and smile (very often).”

Click here to request the Finnish manuscript

English sample & synopsis (coming soon)
Finnish manuscript

FINLAND, Otava (Original publisher)
ITALY, Iperborea
SWEDEN, Brombergs

About author

Miika Nousiainen

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.


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