Fitzcarraldo Editions is to publish its first debut novel, a "brilliant" coming-of age novel by Patrick Langley entitled Arkady.
Publisher Jacques Testard acquired world rights to Arkady, which will be published in March 2018.
Brothers Jackson and Frank live on the margins of a big urban sprawl. From abandoned tower blocks to gleaming skyscrapers, their city is brutal, beautiful and divided. As tensions bubble to the surface and the teeming metropolis is pushed to the brink, the young brothers sail off in search of the Red Citadel and its promise of another way of life. "A portrait of modern urban living, Patrick Langley's debut Arkady is a brilliant coming-of-age novel as brimming with vitality as the city itself", said the publisher.
Publisher Jacques Testard said: "I have been editing Patrick's fiction for seven years, since we first worked together on a short story for the first issue of The White Review, and I am very excited that we are taking the next step together and publishing his debut novel with Fitzcarraldo Editions.
"It also happens to be the first debut novel we'll have published, an exciting step in the publishing house's history. I see Arkady as being in conversation with novels like Keith Ridgway's Hawthorn & Child and David Szalay's All That Man Is, with psychogeography, and with our current political moment. It's fast-paced, narrative-driven, and ever so slightly dystopian. Arkady is a superb addition to our catalogue and hopefully the first of many more books to come from Patrick Langley and Fitzcarraldo Editions."
Langley lives in London and writes about art for frieze, Art Agenda, and other publications. He is a contributing editor at The White Review.