Thursday, August 06, 2009
By Adriana V. Lopez for Pubishing Perspectives
MADRID: This past June, I boarded a plane at Madrid's Barajas Airport bound for Bogotá, Columbia when I noticed several women on the plane with the same book. When you've worked in publishing, and by serendipity spot more than one person reading the same book in a public setting, and in one condensed space, it can signify pure zeitgeist or signal a the sighting of a damn good book.
What I didn't know then was that this book - La reina en el palacio de las corrientes de aire - was the third and final book in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. It had just gone on sale the day before my flight and sold a stunning 200,000 copies in just 24 hours.
The first of the trilogy, Los hombres que no amaban a las mujeres, went on sale in Spain in June 2008. The publisher Destino, an imprint of Grupo Planeta, also distributes to Latin America and the book has become a bestseller in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and several others. In all, the Millennium trilogy has sold a total of 3.4 million individual volumes in its Spanish translation, while the Catalan version accounts for another 300,000.(read on...)