INHERITED LAND by Maria Turtschaninoff sold to Ukraine! Now 21 territories!

We are happy to announce that the Ukrainian rights for INHERITED LAND (Arvejord) by internationally bestselling and award-winning author Maria Turtschaninoff have been acquired by Old Lion Publishing House!
The deal was the result of a visit of Ukrainian publishers to Helsinki, organised by FILI Finnish Literature Exchange. Author Maria Turtschaninoff is honored and very proud that her book will be published in Ukraine. And so are we: Congratulations Maria and The Old Lion Publishing House Team! INHERITED LAND will be translated by Natalia Ivanychyk, a very professional and well-known translator in Ukraine. The deal was closed by Elina Ahlbäck at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.The Old Lion Publishing House was founded in Lviv, Ukraine as a traditional publisher of children’s literature. Now The Old Lion stands for a wide range of books aimed at readers aged 0 to adults.  It publishes nearly 130 titles per year and almost 70% are translations. This year The Old Lion Publishing House received Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Old Lion also owns a network of bookstores and cafés in Ukraine.Praise for INHERITED LAND:

The book is beautiful like a piece of jewelry and rich like a forest.”  – Åbo Underrättelser

It is an extremely powerful novel. I was absolutely captivated by the writing and, whenever I was reading it, I just felt completely drawn into the story.“  – Olha Besarab, Manager of Grants & Projects, The Old Lion Publishing House, Ukraine

INHERITED LAND is now sold to 21 languages! Rights are still available in Greece, Spain, Japan, China, Portugal, Latvia, Iceland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Turkey…

Download the materials for INHERITED LAND here! 

Inherited Land

Maria Turtschaninoff

Inherited Land is an episodic work of literary fiction depicting human relationships with nature across generations, following in the tradition of family sagas like One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.

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

  • Winner of the Svenska YLE Literature Prize!

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
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FRANCE: Éditions Paulsen
GERMANY: Rowohlt
HUNGARY: L’Harmattan
ISRAEL: Hakibbutz Hameuchad – Sifriat Poalim
ITALY: Bompiani
NETHERLANDS: Atlas Contact
NORWAY: Bonnier Norsk Forlag
POLAND: Poznańskie
ROMANIA: Editura Univers
SWEDEN: Förlaget
UKRAINE: Old Lion Publishing House
WORLD ALBANIAN: Shkupi Publishing House

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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