By Edward Nawotka
All week, LitAg—the center for literary agents and scouts—has been buzzing with activity, while others have been busy at their stands taking meetings with editors and publishers. Here’s a sample of some books being showcased for rights and translation sales throughout the fair—a list that includes a surprising range of topics, from a French cultural history of the bedroom to German treatise on the business of new media on entrepreneurship to an Israeli novel about a dangerous career woman.
GERMANY: EICHBORN AG
No Economy: How the Freebie Culture Destroys the Internet by Gisela Schmalz
Media economist Gisela Schmalz criticizes the fact that advertising has become the only functioning online business model. Here, she calls for fair micro-markets in which providers and users trade quality content and pay for it.
Histoire de chambers (History of the Bedroom) by Michelle Perrot
A cultural history of the bedroom in the Western world, from antiquity onward, the book touches on travel, love, reading, writing, games, cures, penitence, prayer, disease, rest, sleep, and death.
Démon (Demon) by Thierry Hesse
In order to understand his grandparents’ desperation during WWII, Pierre travels to Grozny in Chechnya. The author interweaves fiction with fact to meditate on the massacre of the Jews, the attack of the Twin Towers, and other forms of terrorism.
ARGENTINA: EDICIONES CORREGIDOR SAICIYE
Selected stories (Cuentos Selectos) by Enrique Anderson Imbert
This collection of poetic stories by Anderson Imbert features a surprising variety of viewpoints—from fantastic literature to humor to inter-textual games to parody.
UNITED STATES: RANDOM HOUSE
Rework by Jason Fried and David Hansson
Internet entrepreneurs and the founders of 37Signals, Jason Fried and David Hansson explain the counterintuitive philosophy behind their success with hundreds of approaches to productivity, creativity, customers, marketing and more. No business school jargon—just bite sized takeaways and the wisdom to put them into practice.
SPAIN: ANTONIA KERRIGAN AGENCY
Salón de Belleza (Beauty Salon) by Mario Bellatín
A dream-like parable from one of Mexico’s cutting-edge literary stars, in which a mysterious and deadly plague suddenly appears among the inhabitants of an unnamed city. Shunned by family and friends, some of the afflicted have nowhere to finish out their days until a lone hair stylist decides to convert his “Salon to the Stars” into a refuge for the dying.
SPAIN: RBA LIBROS – GREDOS
Una novela de barrio (A Novel of the Neighborhood) by Francisco Gonzalez Ledesma
One of the most important and famous Spanish crime writers returns with his latest, a story of revenge set in contemporary Barcelona
NORWAY: GYLDENDAL AGENCY
A Hundred Years by Herbjørg Wassmo
Wassmo examines her childhood on the coastline of Northern Norway through the lives of her three forebears.
NORWAY: HAGEN AGENCY
Eyes in Gaza by Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse
A memoir by a pair of Norwegian doctors who were the only Western eyewitnesses to the recent war between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza.
ISRAEL: THE INSTITUTE FOR THE TRANSLATION OF HEBREW LITERATURE
Sigal by Asaf Schurr
The anti-hero of Asaf Schurr’s third novel, Sigal, is a cold, ruthless and tyrannical career woman. The struggle for survival in the workplace drains her weaker colleagues, depletes their compassion and drives them—like her—to get rid of anyone who stands in their way.