Scribner in the UK and Atria Books in the US, both part of the Simon & Schuster group, have acquired a new book by Swedish novelist and playwright, Jonas Hassen Khemiri.
World English Language rights in the novel, titled Everything I Don’t Remember, were acquired by Rowan Cope, editorial director at Scribner UK, and Rakesh Satyal, senior editor at Atria Books, from Astri von Arbin Ahlander of the Ahlander Agency in Stockholm.
Everything I Don’t Remember traces the fate of a young man, Samuel, through the partial perspectives of his family and friends, in a narrative puzzle. It is also a story about a writer who, in filling out the contours of Samuel’s story, is actually trying to grasp a truth about himself.
Cope said: “I was captivated by Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s cleverly constructed, gripping and ultimately heart-rending novel. He builds atmosphere and character with dazzling skill. Everything I Don’t Remember is a dynamic story of youth, trust and loss that is told with great maturity and artistry. I am thrilled to have Jonas Hassen Khemiri join our new Scribner list and be published in the UK for the first time, and also to be collaborating with Rakesh at Atria on this publication.”
Hassen Khemiri lives in Stockholm. He has written six plays and Everything I Don’t Remember is his fourth novel.
Everything I Don’t Remember will be a lead title for Swedish publisher Albert Bonniers Förlag in autumn 2015 and will be published in 10 territories around the world. Scribner and Atria will publish the novel in 2016.