Saturday, October 10, 2009
From Publishers Lunch
More Mueller On the Way
Yesterday Serpent's Tail announced that THE PASSPORT, Nobel winner Herta Mueller's her first book in English translation, originally published by them in 1989, will be reissued October 19th as a $12.95 paperback.
Macmillan tells Bloomberg that they are reprinting 5,000 hardcover copies each of the THE LAND OF GREEN PLUMS (Northwestern University Press has the paperback rights, as noted yesterday, and is reprinting 20,000 copies) and THE APPOINTMENT, along with 20,000 paperbacks of the latter.
Northwestern tells Bloomberg they are also negotiating to reprint TRAVELING ON ONE LEG. And the University of Nebraska Press reminded the trade they have Mueller's NADIRS in print as part of their European Woman Writer's series.Germany's Carl Hanser Verlag controls the English rights to Mueller's books, some of which have not yet been translated, and foreign rights director Friederike Barakat says they have received "a flurry of offers" with more expected.
Over at the NYT City Room blog, a number of local booksellers admit to never having heard of Mueller prior to the award.Bloomberg
An extract from The Passport by Herta Müller, winner of the 2009 Nobel prize for literature, translated by Martin Chalmers and published in the UK by Serpent's Tail. The book, published in German as Der Fuchs war damals schon der Jäger, tells the story of a village miller in a German-speaking Romanian village, who applies for permission to emigrate to West Germany.