Arcadia signs Norway's Renberg

Arcadia signs Norway's Renberg

Arcadia has signed world English rights to a “haunting, neo-noir” novel by a Norwegian author.

The 600-page See You Tomorrow by Tore Renberg (pictured) has sold 18,000 in hardback in Norway and the author has been hailed as one of the writers leading a “new literary Golden Age” in the country by national newspaper Expressen. Rights have also sold in Sweden, Holland and France as well as Norway and the UK.

Arcadia cut the deal through Renberg’s agent Even Råkil, rights director at Aschehoug agency.

The book is described as a “fast-paced, moving and darkly funny page-turner about people who are trying to fill the holes in their lives” and tells of a messy love story, friendship, crime, loneliness and tragic death.

Gary Pulsifer, publisher at Arcadia said: “We were simply mesmerised by the power and beauty of his story, the strength of Renberg’s imagery and the liveliness of his prose. See You Tomorrow is a very special novel which seems to capture perfectly the Norway of today. Mr Renberg also has the drive and the enthusiasm essential to bring his novel before a wider UK audience and we are much looking forward to working with him and publishing him.”

Renberg, who has won seven literary prizes in Norway, told The Bookseller: “I think a UK audience will engage with my book because there is not much difference between the UK and Norwegian cultures. The themes and issues arising from See You Tomorrow are relevant to both.” He added: "Being published in the English language is crucial if you want to compete on the main literary stage." The novel is currently being translated and will be published in the UK in August.