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Heaven and Hell to Appear in Europe

Since the English rights for Heaven and Hell (Himnaríki og helvíti) by Jón Kalman Stefánsson were acquired by MacLehose Press nearly a year ago, the book has attracted other publishers, and soon it will appear in Italian, Spanish and Dutch.

Italian publisher Iperboria will be responsible for publishing the book in Italy, while Salamandra, one of the largest publishers in the Hispanic world, has acquired the rights for Spain, as stated on the website of Fabulous Iceland.

In the Netherlands the rights were acquired by Ambo Anthos. Rights had previously been sold in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and France.

Stefánsson’s latest book, Sorrow of the Angels (Harmur englanna), continues the coming-of-age story of Heaven and Hell’s main character, and has received excellent reviews from critics in Iceland.

In other book-related news, an agreement was reached at the Frankfurt Book Fair between Icelandic publisher Sögur and Duomo Ediciones in Spain on the publication in Spanish of Óttar M. Norðfjörd’s books Abraham’s Knife (Hnífur Abrahams) and Sun Cross (Sólkross).

The contract is for publication throughout the Hispanic world, so the books will be distributed in around 20 countries. Sun Cross is due for publication at Christmas 2010 and Abraham’s Knife in 2011.

Publication rights for Sun Cross have recently been sold to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Abraham’s Knife has already been published in the Netherlands by Verbum Crime.

Paradise City (Paradísarborgin) is Nordfjörd’s latest novel, a story about a man in his early thirties who moves back into his childhood home after the death of his father. While renovating the cellar of the house he discovers a resilient fungus that suddenly takes over the whole city.

Critics have described the book as an allegory about Icelandic community and the effects of the financial crisis.

Click here to read our review of Stefánsson’s Heaven and Hell.

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