We are thrilled to announce that A PASTORAL by internationally bestselling author Aki Ollikainen has just been sold to Catalan, and the lucky publisher is Nits Blanques ! This is the 6th language for A PASTORAL and the 17th in total for Aki! The deal was closed by Elsa Lindström at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.
We are also happy to announce that Norwegian audio and ebook rights for BIRDBRAIN by Finlandia-Prize winning superstar of Finnish speculative fiction Johanna Sinisalo have been picked up by Cappelen Damm. The deal was closed by Anna Kappauf at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.
A PASTORAL by Aki Ollikainen
An idyllic midsummer’s day in Eastern Finland. People falling in love and taking care of each other, and nature sublime in its beauty. But darkness lurks around the corner…
Aki Ollikainen’s picturesque third novel is aglow with the rural idyll of a summer’s day and the fantasies of people wandering in the midsummer’s night. During a single day in Eastern Finland, the realities of multiple generations meet, time flows through itself, and strange things occur. And normal things occur as well. Two young people fall in love, two slightly older ones are struggling with their relationship, and two even older people have found a sublime tranquility in each other.
However, the magical world of A PASTORAL is also cruel and unpredictable. Dark clouds loom over the blue skies, a monstrous wolf wanders in the shadows and mocking ravens swing on a branch. And when the morning finally dawns, the ravenous death has raged amid the idyll.
BIRDBRAIN by Johanna Sinisalo
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Young Finnish couple, Jyrki and Heidi, go on the hiking trip of a lifetime in Australasia with Heart of Darkness as reading material. To Jyrki’s great surprise, his girlfriend Heidi demands to come with him, frightened by the idea of several months of solitude. The trip gradually turns into a tortuous thriller with belongings disappearing and, even more mysteriously, reappearing. The travellers come to be at the mercy of untamed nature Birdbrain describes Western people’s desperate longing for somewhere unspoilt and primitive with biting irony. At the same time, it reveals the dark side of this longing, showing it to be an insatiable desire to control, invade and destroy.. Birdbrain reveals the dark side of the explorer’s desire: the insatiable need to control, to invade and leave one’s mark on the landscape. But what happens when nature starts to fight back?
Rights sold: FINLAND: Siltala (orig.); ARMENIA: Guitank; FRANCE: Éditions Héloïse d’Ormesson; HUNGARY: Polar; POLAND: ArtRage, SPAIN (Catalan): Nits Blanques