Harvill Secker has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to This Too Shall Pass, the first novel by Spanish author Milena Busquets.
Editorial director Michal Shavit brokered the deal with Pontas Literary & Film Agency.
The story, a 150-page confessional novel about a daughter’s mourning that is “bursting with life”, has also been sold in nine other territories, including to Hogarth Press in North America, Rizzoli in Italy and Gallimard in France. The foreign rights deals total a mid-six figure sum collectively.
Maria Cardona, agent with Pontas, said: “The novel has been described as a modern-day Françoise Sagan with the bitter-sweet spontaneity and freshness of Woody Allen or Claude Sautet.”
Busquets wrote the novel following the death of her mother in 2012.