We are thrilled to announce that the Norwegian rights to Katja Kettu’s THE INVESTIGATIONS OF ONE CAT have been acquired by Pax Forlag. The deal was closed by Anna Kappauf at Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency.
Pax Forlag have already published some of Katja Kettu’s previous works and are excited to add her newest novel to their list:
“Katja Kettu has a unique linguistic power. It’s as if she’s writing with her womb — raw and sensual.. We are looking forward to publishing her newest novel in Norwegian!”
– A. Audhild Solberg, Editor at Pax Forlag, Norway
Published on September 27th, THE INVESTIGATIONS OF ONE CAT received strong praise in Finnish media:
“Katja Kettu has written a wonderful novel in which the power of words brings justice to the world. It isn’t harmless or beautiful, but the novel approaches words as a form of magic. [–]And what about the cat and its investigations? “Let the Cat come, let it take over my novel. I’m the one who’s weak here. Cats know a lot and care about little.” The Cat takes over the novel and is turned into a novel, and now it sticks out, funny and teasing, and difficult in so many ways.”
– Maaria Ylikangas in Helsingin Sanomat newspaper
“Katja Kettu superbly commands the verbalization of emotional charges with strong expression. [—] THE INVESTIGATIONS OF ONE CAT alluringly combines different traditions of storytelling, as if underlining how borders and categories can be broken and pierced. The novel doesn’t stay neatly and cutely in a specific box but wanders and sprawls. Its story carries, its sensations change from one extreme to the other and its language oscillates through its wordforms and rhythms. And, amidst everything, the peculiar Cat brings delight.”
– Kaisa Kurikka in Turun Sanomat newspaper
“The attractiveness of Kettu’s novels smoulders in its multipaced idioms, the rhythm of its words, the mythological material [used in the novels] and historiography… [—] THE INVESTIGATIONS OF ONE CAT succeeds in being an impressive depiction of the building blocks of being human and intergenerational experiences that shape selfhoods even after long journeys.”
– Sanna Jääskeläinen in Savon Sanomat newspaper
The novel is one of our literary highlights for Frankfurt bookfair. Get ahead of everyone else and acquire the rights now! Rights are still available for France, Germany, Italy, Spain, US, UK, etc!
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Otava, 380 pp.
English sample and synopsis available on October 13, 2023
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
NORWAY: Pax Forlag