French and Italian deals for INHERITED LAND by Maria Turtschaninoff! Now 11 territories for this title!

INHERITED LAND by Maria Turtschaninoff sold to Italy and France!

Just after the Frankfurt Book Fair, we are thrilled to announce that we have closed French and Italian deals for INHERITED LAND (Arvejord) by internationally bestselling and award-winning author Maria Turtschaninoff! 

INHERITED LAND follows in the tradition of family sagas like One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, and the ancestral history holds a mirror up to the history of Finland as a nation, shown in this novel through snapshots of each character’s life.

The Italian rights were sold in an auction to Bompiani! Founded in 1929, they have published 17 Nobel Literature Prize winners, and are also the publishers of authors such as Lauren Groff and Julia ArmfieldThe deal was closed by Elsa Lindström at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

The French rights were pre-empted by Editions Paulsen! Editions Paulsen publishing is an independent French publisher based in Paris. The company was founded in 2005 and their list is nature-focused publishing both fiction and non-fiction dedicated to nature and travel writing, explorations, adventure novels, outdoor literature and mountain books, with a focus on novels based in the NorthThe deal was closed by Mimi Matinpalo at Elina Ahlback Agency.

INHERITED LAND was our book of the fair and has now been sold to 11 territories, making it the fastest-moving fiction title in the agency history!

If you want to join the rapidly growing international publishing family for INHERITED LAND, we recommend you read quickly and get in touch with us!

Download the materials for INHERITED LAND here!

Praise from foreign publishers of INHERITED LAND:

“This novel has caught our interest from the very first submission. It would fit perfectly in our list with its beautiful plot, the relationship man/nature as a primary element, characters that remain in your mind for a long time and the magic touch, so charming for all kinds of readers.”
–Silvia Zamperini, Bompiani, Italy

Arvejord is a gem of a novel, an ambitious and exquisitely written saga in which the Nevabacka farm is a character in itself, observing from the depths of the forest the intertwined history of a land and of a family. With a magical atmosphere, bigger than life characters and incredibly evocative prose, Maria Turtschaninoff proves to be a talented storyteller and accomplishes an amazing feat by making four centuries of the history of Finland so strikingly alive. The editorial team at Paulsen is delighted to have the opportunity to share this novel with French readers as a highlight in 2023.”
– Aurélie Charron and Isabelle Parent, Editions Paulsen, France

“I am so full of admiration for this novel, such an elegant and strong prose and structure. I love how the stories intertwine, but you’re not at any point confused. And how matter of fact, but also imaginative and vivid the narrative is. One of my greatest reading experiences growing up was Väinö Linna’s trilogy — this is of course a very different book, but there is a core of the same urgency that have me totally captivated.”
– Anne Fløtaker at Bonnier Norsk Forlag, Norway

“I immediately had the feeling that this is something very special, something different from the rest, a story that stays with you for a long time. A novel with a strong concept, beautifully told and with topics many people can relate to. I love that nature plays such an important role and how it changes (and how we impose changes on it) and that you get an insight not only into so many different lives, but also into the history of so many centuries.”
– Friederike Ney, Editor, Rowohlt/Kindler, Germany

“We at the office are very impressed with what we have read in the English sample and the Swedish manuscript. We would love to publish this great family saga about a Finnish family followed through centuries, which we think in more general terms is also a strong depiction of human suffering, love, and survival with very powerful portrayals of characters and settings. Maria Turtschaninoff would be an amazing addition to our list next to Nordic authors such as Ann-Helén Laestadius and Rosa Liksom with Arvejord as an obvious book to put in position as the great historic novel in Fall 23 or Spring 24.”
–Anne Bjerre PetersenAlpha Forlag, Denmark

“I couldn’t be more firmly convinced that INHERITED LAND and Atlas Contact would form a match made in heaven. It is also the rare kind of book that prompts utter love at first sight for me personally: formally and stylistically inventive without making any concessions to storytelling; a compelling, episodically structured book that challenges the reader to connect some of the dots herself (but which also leaves little ‘Easter eggs’ hidden between the lines for the attentive reader); a book that addresses an urgent subject for our times – how we humans treat the natural world that has been entrusted to us – without being heavy-handed about it; and most importantly: a book that zooms in on real characters of flesh and blood and gets the reader invested in their fates in just a few strokes of the pen. It is an amazing achievement from a writer with a brilliant future ahead of her.”
– Jessica Nash, Publisher, Atlas Contact, Netherlands

Inherited Land

Maria Turtschaninoff

The roots of man and forest are intertwined in the depths of the earth.

Inherited Land tells multiple enchanting stories about short human lives on a small farmstead in the north of Finland with its golden cloudberries and the mythical woodland animals. The hub of the narrative is a marsh close to the farmstead, and nature is the constant while humans are like dragonflies: here one day, gone the next. Across four centuries, the people face wars, epidemics, and heartbreaks, but from the woods they find shelter and a place to be themselves

Inherited Land is a novel about the climate crisis without ever mentioning it by name. Instead, the novel explores what people have thought about their environment, how they have used it and why. The novel is a reminder of where we have come from, and what a relationship between humans and nature could look like in the future.


Förlaget, August 2022, 371 pp.

Rights sold: FINLAND: Förlaget (orig. Finland-Swedish),
FINLAND: Tammi (Finnish)
DENMARK: Alpha Forlag
FRANCE: Editions Paulsen
GERMANY: Rowohlt
ITALY: Bompiani
NETHERLANDS: Atlas Contact
NORWAY: Bonnier Norsk Forlag
ROMANIA: Editura Univers
SWEDEN: Förlaget

Reading materials: Swedish edition, English sample and synopsis

About author

Maria Turtschaninoff

Maria Turtschaninoff is known for crafting lyrical, historically inspired fantasy stories starring strong female protagonists. In addition to J.R.R. Tolkien, she counts Philip Pullman, Ursula K. Le Guin and C.S. Lewis among her favorite authors. She is a two-time winner of the Society of Swedish Literature Prize, winner of the Swedish YLE Literature Prize, winner of the Thank You for the Book Award, a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2020-2024), and winner of the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize.

Her Red Abbey Chronicles YA trilogy has been sold into 30 languages, while her first adult novel Inherited Land has been sold to 23 territories. Maria has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer.


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