|We are happy to announce 2 more deals for the Finlandia 2023 winner title 36 URNS: A History of Being Wrong by Sirpa Kähkönen. The Swedish rights have been sold at auction to Lind & Co and the German rights have been pre-empted by Blessing Verlag (Penguin Random House). Both deals were closed by Anna Kappauf at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.
Lind & Co are one of the bigger independent publishers in Sweden (now partly owned by Storytel) and have already published the author’s previous works. Their authors include contemporary Swedish and international authors as well as classic voices like Leo Tolstoj, Hans Fallada, and Nathalie Sarraute.
Blessing are part of the Penguin Random House Group Germany and publish authors like David Sedaris, Deepti Kapoor, and Emily Itami.
Here is what Sirpa Kähkönen’s new German publisher said about 36 URNS:
“In her very intimate and poetically told autofictional work “36 Uurnaa”, Sirpa Kähkönen deals with her mother’s death by trying to understand her mother’s life. During a single sleepless night, the daughter examines their complicated relationship through 36 objects and memories left behind by her mother. The understanding she gains this way is comforting, forgiving and helps her to gain new insights about herself. Kähkönen takes us from Helsinki in the year 2023 to the eastern Finnish province of the 1920s, to the age of wooden houses and steam locomotives, enlighten us on Finland’s conflict-ridden relationship with Russia, sheds light on the development years of the 1970s and finally returns to the present. She connects great history with the history of the so-called little people and slowly approaches a trauma that has overshadowed her family in the form of silence for generations. It is a book for the head and the heart, with universal themes and a lot of light.”
– Dr. Silja Maehl, Fiction Editor at Wilhelm Heyne & Blessing Verlag (Penguin Random House Germany)
36 URNS is also nominated for the Runeberg Prize 2024. Over 35,000 copies have been sold in Finland since the book’s publication in August this year and it is currently #3 on the Finnish bestseller charts for printed books. Rights have been sold to 5 languages.
If you are looking for your literary highlight for 2024 – snap up the rights now!