German rights to Laura Lindstedt’s MY FRIEND NATALIA sold to dtv

One of the biggest German trade publishers, dtv, has acquired in a pre-empt the German rights to Laura Lindstedt’s sensational novel MY FRIEND NATALIA – now sold in 12 territories and counting. The acquiring editor at dtv is thrilled:

My Friend Natalia is a daring feminist tour de force, dealing with sexuality, gender and power dynamics in highly original and intelligent ways. Laura Lindstedt is a literary voice to be reckoned with and we are overjoyed to bring her brilliant novel to a German readership!” – Lucy Harries, Editor,  dtv Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, Germany

Congratulations, Laura Lindstedt! Congratulations, dtv!

dtv is a Munich-based independent publisher and they publish books in literary fiction & commercial fiction, children‘s books, YA as well as non-fiction. Their catalogue include authors such as John Williams, James Baldwin, Celeste Ng, Graham Swift and Min Jin Lee.

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My Friend Natalia  (Teos 2019, 240 pp.) is a thrilling exploration of gender, sexuality, and power following an ambitious therapist and a patient with a unique psychological obsession who become entangled in a complicated, explosive relationship.

The narrator of My Friend Natalia is a therapist whose gender is deliberately left undisclosed. The story begins when Natalia arrives at her therapist’s surgery. Natalia is having problems in her sexual life. Her thoughts obsessively swirl around the subject of sex, but during the act itself, her mind drifts elsewhere. Natalia has had a vast number of sexual partners, but these relationships never last long. Why are fantasy and reality so far removed in Natalia’s life? Is Natalia’s hypersexuality a symptom of a deeper problem? Running through the novel is the question of power. Who is ultimately guiding the course of these sessions – the therapist or Natalia? And which of them is the true narrator of the novel?

About the author:

Laura Lindstedt is a Finlandia-winner and one of the most celebrated young Finnish authors of recent years: her novels verge on the postmodern and experiment with form and language in an accessible style. The Finlandia winning novel Oneiron has been sold in 14 territories, and over 50,000 copies sold in Finland. Her works have been translated into 18 languages so far. Laura Lindstedt is currently revising her PhD on French author Nathalie Sarraute and touring the world to promote her works

Rights sold:

Teos (orig.)
De Bezige Bij
Rahva Raamat
Scolar Kiado
Elliot Edizioni
De Bezige Bij
Humanitas Fiction
W. W. Norton/Liveright

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. She is currently revising her Ph.D. thesis on French author Nathalie Sarraute. Lindstedt’s second novel Oneiron (Teos 2015) is a work of speculative fiction that takes place in the mysterious moments that follow one’s death. Oneiron has continued Lindstedt’s critical success, earning her the coveted 2015 Finlandia Prize. Lindstedt’s latest novel My Friend Natalia has been a critical success and the rights have been sold to 12 territories.


2019, Literary Fiction

My Friend Natalia

Laura Lindstedt

2015, Literary Fiction


Laura Lindstedt

2007, Literary Fiction


Laura Lindstedt