October deals & reviews round-up: The Guardian Angel and The Core of the Sun

New deals for Hansen’s psychological thriller

The Guardian Angel, Einar Hansen’s psychological thriller, has sparked a lot of interest from Frankfurt. We currently have first offers in Denmark – where the story takes place – and a newly-closed deal in Serbia with Vulkan, whose list includes high-profile thriller authors such as Paula Hawkins and Stephen King, with plans for a film tie-in for the Serbian premiere of The Guardian Angel, the movie.

Rights also sold in Italy to Piemme, at auction, last month. In Finland, the book will be published by WSOY in spring 2018.

Hansen’s novel, which has been written alongside an eponymous feature film, directed by Arto Halonen as a Finnish-Danish-Croatian co-production, is based on real events of the so-called ’hypnosis murders’ that shook Copenhagen in the early 1950s.

Turkey and Denmark acquire a feminist dystopia

Meanwhile, Johanna Sinisalo’s Prometheus Award-winning dystopian novel The Core of the Sun has just been sold in two territories, coinciding with its longlisting for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award.

In Denmark, indie publisher Jensen & Dalgaard acquired the rights, and in Turkey rights sold to Ithaki Yayinlari. The prominent Turkish publisher of speculative and general fiction acquired Johanna’s topical dystopian novel, which has received a stream of great press attention since its publication in English:

“Margaret Atwood and Aldous Huxley get down with Carlos Castaneda in The Core of the Sun, an adventurous and original dystopian satire which isn’t likely to be forgotten in a hurry… It’s dark, biting, unlike anything you’ll read this year and, ultimately, a triumph,” The Herald (Scotland) wrote.



Highlights of recent foreign and Finnish press for our authors’ books…

Undertaker by Marko Kilpi:
“At the top of its genre.” – Helsingin Sanomat, Finland
Undertaker is also a work of art.” – Kauppalehti, FinlandThey Know Not What They Do by Jussi Valtonen:
“This hugely ambitious work of contemporary realism offers a dramatic warning about the influence of digital culture.” — Booklist,USA
“A contemporary novel that doesn’t lose sight of perennial dilemmas.” – Kirkus Reviews, USA

Roots by Miika Nousiainen:
“A quirky Nordic story that’s simply fun!” – Brigitte Extra, Germany
“Quirky humour, a good story, a happy end. Reading is rarely as deliciously amusing while also educative about dental hygiene and public health.” – NDR Kultur, Germany

Rights sold:

ITALY, Piemme
SERBIA, Vulkan

Reading material:
English manuscript

Rights sold: 

CZECH, Euromedia
DENMARK, Jensen & Dalgaard
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta
LATVIA, Petergailis
TURKEY, Ithaki
WORLD ENGLISH, Grove Atlantic

Reading material:
English & Finnish editions

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.

Jussi Valtonen

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).

Marko Kilpi

Marko Kilpi (b. 1969) is an author and policeman. Praised by critics, his novels have been awarded several literary prize nominations. The Land of the Living was honored with the Savonia Prize for Literature and a Hollywood movie is in the making.

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.