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
NORWAY: Oktober
SWEDEN: Norstedts

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