C&W: excitement over 'gripping' Dutch novel

C&W: excitement over 'gripping' Dutch novel

Conville & Walsh has reported busy trading in Europe on rights to "gripping" novel De Republiek by Joost de Vries.

De Republiek tells the story of a young man who loses an old friend, gains a Doppelganger and rediscovers the love of his life. It features "deception and self-deception, ambition, the love of history as entertainment, and the hunt for the perfect enemy."

German rights were pre-empted overnight by Markus Naegele for new division of RH.DE, Heyne CORE. Conville & Walsh has sold Spanish rights to Anagrama at auction but declined French and Italian pre-empts, with both languages currently at auction. C&W has reported interest from "all over Scandinavia" and has Greek rights under offer. A spokesperson has said: "We anticipate in selling in 10 or 15 languages in the next fortnight."

De Vries is the arts editor and literary critic at De Groene Amsterdammer, a Dutch weekly newspaper.

De Republiek, de Vries second novel, won the 2014 Golden Book Owl prize. His debut Clausewitz (2010) and his collection of essays, Vechtmemoires (2014), were both published in Holland by Prometeus.