Portobello Books has signed a novella by Polish author Wioletta Greg.
Senior editor Max Porter acquired world English language rights to Guguly (title to be confirmed) from the Barbara J Zitwer Agency in association with Marzena Stefanska of Agencja Literacka Kwiaty Orientu.
Published by Czarne in Poland, the book has been a bestseller and prize-winner in its native country. The semi-autobiographical book follows the early life of Wiola, growing up in 1980s rural Poland where folktales and religious beliefs bind together the community.
Porter said: "Guguly is an enchanting and intriguing book. Wioletta Greg is a poet and every line of this haunting autobiographical novella has its own weird, beautiful atmosphere. It reminded me of Evie Wyld, Ludmila Petrushevskaya and Herta Muller.”
The book will be published in English in autumn 2016.