We are very happy to announce that the Dutch auction for INHERITED LAND (Arvejord), a family saga by internationally bestselling and award-winning author Maria Turtschaninoff, has concluded and that the lucky publisher is Atlas Contact! Congratulations to Maria and Atlas Contact! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe and Elina Ahlbäck at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.
Atlas Contact is one of the largest literary publishing houses in the Netherlands and Flanders and features a great list of international authors, such as Julian Barnes, Jhumpa Lahiri, Richard Powers, Salman Rushdie, Lionel Shriver, Elizabeth Strout, etc. INHERITED LAND will be featured as the lead European fiction title in Atlas Contact’s Fall 2023 catalogue.
INHERITED LAND has now been sold to 7 territories and counting – it will be our BIG BOOK in Frankfurt! The original Finland-Swedish edition was published in August by Förlaget to excellent reviews, and the title is already in its second printing. 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 Dutch publisher Jessica Nash at Atlas Contact loves Maria Turtschaninoff and INHERITED LAND:
“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. We would love to accompany Ms. Turtschaninoff on that journey.”
– Jessica Nash, Publisher, Atlas Contact, Netherlands
FILI translation grant application round is ongoing! FILI provides grants that can cover up to 70% of the costs of translating Finnish and Finland-Swedish titles to other languages. The deadline for the current application round is November 1st. You can find more information here: Translation and printing grants for publishers outside Finland – FILI
by Maria Turtschaninoff
Förlaget, September 2022, 371 pp.
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, 2022, 371 pp.
English sample and synopsis
FINLAND: Förlaget (orig. Finland-Swedish)
FINLAND: Tammi (Finnish)
DENMARK: Alpha Forlag
NETHERLANDS: Atlas Contact
ROMANIA: Editura Univers