Oneworld pre-empts Finlandia prize-winner

Oneworld pre-empts Finlandia prize-winner

Oneworld is to publish the 2015 winner of the Finlandia Prize - Finland’s most "presitigious and valuable" award - Oneiron, by Laura Lindstedy.

Oneworld publisher, Juliet Mabey, acquired world rights to Oneiron from Elina Ahlbäck at her eponymous literary agency based in Finland and New York.

Oneiron tells the story of seven women from different countries, cultures, social classes and age groups who meet in a white, undefined space after death. The book has been praised for its "richly drawn characters and exquisite prose as for the complex plotting and diverse narrative devices employed.” Language rights have been sold in seven territories so far, including to Gallimard in France and Norstedts in Sweden.

Ahlbäck said: “World-class literature meets a world-class publisher. We are extremely happy with the international success of the Finlandia-winner Oneiron by Laura Lindstedt, and delighted to welcome the wonderful publisher Juliet Mabey and Oneworld as the English-language publisher of this future classic.”

Mabey said: “We are thrilled to secure a second Finlandia prize-winner. This is a novel to love, from Lindstedt’s richly drawn characters and exquisite prose to her clever range of narrative devices and complex plotting, throughout which she threads her subtle power games and metaphysical questions. A brilliant second novel from a rising star, it will be a very welcome addition to our growing list of literary translations.”

Oneworld will publish Oneiron in hardback in September 2017.