Leonid Yuzefovich – Winter Road published by Ednorog/ Bulgaria

   new publication

The Bulgarian translation of Leonid Yuzefovich’s double awarded narrative non-fiction title WINTER ROAD has been published by Ednorog.

In 2022 we will have the 100th anniversary of the last battle of the Russian Revolution in winter 1922 when General Anatoly Pepelyaev hastens to the aid of the Yakuts in Vladivostok with a force of volunteers. Pepelyaev – a poet and seeker of truth, a fighter for self-determination and the freedom of men – sees in supporting the Yakuts a last chance to defend his own political ideals.

The full English translation by Marian Schwartz is available for proof reading. 4 languages sold so far.

Aleksei Ivanov – The Food Shack sold to Hea Lugu/ Estonia

   new sale

Aleksei Ivanov’s horror thriller THE FOOD SHACK has been sold to the Estonian publisher Hea Lugu.

A very tricky vampire novel about a highly topical ideological conflict that runs through the entire book on many levels: Independence of thought, dreaminess, the urge for freedom and the attempt to understand our complicated world – as a counterpart to the simple answers and blunt rules that have always been and still are set up, out of laziness of thought or just to enslave people.

Pavel Basinski – 2018 Russian Federation National Awards

   award

This year in June Pavel Basinski has been awarded the 2018 Russian Federation National Awards in Literature and Fine Arts.

«In his work, Pavel Basinsky revives and, in many respects, creates the literary biography genre combining great mastery, deep knowledge and an original interpretation of historical material.»

See his biography THE SECRET STORY OF LIZA DYAKONOVA.

„Basinski has written a documentary-thriller about the first Russian feminist.“ ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA

Aleksei Ivanov – all works in different genres

   new representation

The agency is proud and happy to welcome the famous Russian genre author Aleksei Ivanov on our list. More than a dozen novels and non-fiction books are available in Russia with a total circulation of over 1.5 million. 5 books have been filmed, 5 more are currently being filmed.

Ivanov is at home in different genres: horror thrillers, historical fiction, contemporary novels and non-fiction. But he is always interested in those times, places and events in Russian culture where a transition from one cultural system to another takes place. Plot driven, easy to read and following the rules of the genre, his writing aims at a broad audience. But even on the surface one senses, without having to consciously perceive it, the authentic saturation and great closeness to life of his novels. Because only one layer deeper Ivanov’s books are full of documentary facts, socio-historical descriptions and witty references. This way, even a more intellectual reader will get his money’s worth and on top of that a good deal of horror, suspense or historical-exotic entertainment.

Leonid Yuzefovich – «Sovereign of the Steppe» sold to Postimees/ Estonia

   new sale

This fall a new revised and enhanced version of Leonid Yuzefovich’s cult biography SOVEREIGN OF THE STEPPE. BARON ROMAN UNGERN-STERNBERG will be published in Russia. Estonian language rights to this version have already been sold now beforehand. Previous versions have been translated into French and Italian.

For a short time in 1920 this was where the converted Buddhist Baron was able to set up his own autocratic empire. His reckless endeavours were inspired by his vision of bringing Ghingis Khan’s Golden Horde back to life. In the end, however, the Bolsheviks managed to defeat his cavalier army too.

Warsaw book fair 2019

   Thomas Wiedling will be attending Warsaw book fair.

Wiedling Literary Agency is actively cooperating on Russian titles with a dozen Polish publisher at the moment. As the Polish book market is quite strong especially for Russian titles, it will be very interesting so see them presenting their programs at Warsaw book fair. And of course make new personal contacts with publishers interested in authors and books from their neighbour Russia.

I will be on spot from Thursday May 23 to Saturday May 25. See you soon in Warsaw!

Olga Gromova – Sugar Child sold to Aufbau/ Germany

     new sale

Stella Nudolskaya wrote down the story of her childhood, then left Olga Gromova to finish who turned it into a strong and tender book for young people.
German language rights have been acquired by Aufbau Verlag.

This autobiographical memory of Stalin‘s repressions and experience of surviving exile is a great lesson in humanity. A story about love, and yet about dignity and freedom. As in Roberto Benigni‘s film «Life is Beautiful», a father manages to get through the horror of Nazi concentration camps with a smile on his son‘s face, in this book a mother guides her daughter with great dignity and perspective through deportation and misery.

„A kind of miracle dance, if you will. The last of the miracles in this chain is perhaps the meeting of the already old Stella Nudolskaya with the writer Olga Gromova, who told us this amazing story.“
from the preface by LYUDMILA ULITSKAYA