The Agency’s 9th anniversary & rights report: Oneiron sold to Spain

This week Elina Ahlback Literary Agency celebrates its 9thbirthday: a big thank-you for all of our clients and colleagues for the past years’ collaborations – it is an honor to head towards our first full decade with you!

At the recently organized New York Rights Fair, Elina Ahlbäck shared her insights on the agenting business and exporting Scandinavian story-telling in a panel discussion on Nordic fiction, called “The Scandinavian Smell of Success: Why, and How, Their Crime Fiction Has Become a Global Export.”

The panelists discussed the importance of film adaptations in the book business. “Film helps keep Scandinavian literature at the top of mind,” Ahlbäck said. “We have five titles that are already optioned. That global business is very important.”

Read a full article on the panel on Publisher’s Weekly here!

The panel concentrated on crime fiction, which has opened the way to other genres as well in picky markets like the one of the United States. Literary fiction has been gaining popularity; one of our hot titles has been the Finlandia-winning Oneiron by Laura Lindstedt, for which we’re glad to announce the 14th foreign rights deal: Armaenia Editorial has acquired the world Spanish rights for the novel.

“Wildly imaginative, intense and highly entertaining, Oneiron is the fable that we most need these days of exulting feminism. A tale that introduces and celebrates diversity of women of all conditions, pasts and mentalities and pushes them into self and other-conscience, while the reader sits and watches ever more captivated,” said editor Ricardo López of Armaenia Editorial.

The French and English editions of Oneiron have also gathered positive feedback from reviewers and readers:

“The unsettling story of the book, which deals with the pain of leaving life, lingers between Elfriede Jelinek’s chilling analysis and Lars von Trier’s minimalism known from Dogville.” – Livres Hebdo, France

In the sheer diversity of her characters, Lindstedt might be responding to other modern realities: genetic interconnections revealed by DNA tests; global migration and interdependence; the random array of newspaper obituaries that follow a terrorist attack; and the boundary-breaking and community-building properties of social media, two years before the rise of the #MeToo movement.”  – Public Books, USA

Click here for reading materials for Oneiron!

Rights sold:
Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
DENMARK, Rosinante & Co.
FRANCE, Gallimard
ITALY, Elliot
LITHUANIA, Versus Aureus
NORWAY, Oktober
POLAND, Foksal
ROMANIA, Paralela 45
SPAIN, Armaenia Editorial
SWEDEN, Norstedts
TURKEY,  Everest Yayınları

About author

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. Lindstedt’s second novel Oneiron (Teos 2015), a work of speculative fiction that takes place in the mysterious moments that follow one’s death, earned her the coveted Finlandia Prize of 2015 and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2017. Lindstedt’s success has continued with My Friend Natalia (Teos 2019) which has earned critical acclaim and has been sold to 12 territories. Together with author Sinikka Vuola, she has authored 101 tapaa tappaa aviomies (101 Ways to Kill Your Husband, Siltala 2022) which has been nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize of 2024.

She is currently completing her Ph.D. thesis on French author Nathalie Sarraute.


2019, Literary Fiction

My Friend Natalia

Laura Lindstedt

2015, Literary Fiction


Laura Lindstedt

2007, Literary Fiction


Laura Lindstedt