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Icelandic Children’s Novel Published in Germany

By Iceland Review

Historic German publisher Berlin Verlag secured the publishing rights to Gardurinn (“The Garden”) earlier this month, a ghost story for children and teenagers by Icelandic author Gerdur Kristný, which was released in Iceland this year.

According to a press release from the Icelandic publisher, German publishing houses entered a bidding war over the publishing rights to the book. Berlin Verlag won the rights and plans to release Gardurinn under the Bloomsbury label in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Ann-Cathrine Geuder at Berlin Verlag said she had become fascinated by the book as soon as she heard the story.

Geuder describes it as “exciting and complex, an entertaining mixture of reality and ghost story and features important things that young people have to deal with, first love, friendship and confidence, sickness, losses and the death of loved ones.”

Gardurinn will feature prominently on Bloomsbury’s book list in 2011. That will also be the year that Iceland is the honorary guest at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Click here to read more about the book fair.

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