Dmitri Danilov – Sasha, hello for Serbia

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Serbian language rights sold to Sluzhbeni Glasnik

This new novel SASHA, HELLO by Dmitri Danilov with distopian character moves right on the edge of the real situation in Russia. Death penalty was recently introduced as part of a project to humanize the penal system for crimes where society has no real sense of wrongdoing. Consensual sex with minors is included. However, the execution of the death penalty was humanized to the maximum. The prison is now called Combinat, you live like in a luxury hotel. Executions are no longer carried out by executioners. Instead, a warden has recently taken you out for a walk every day through the same hallway, where one fine day you will be torn to pieces by a salvo of an automatic machine gun. This can happen in three days or in thirty years. As algorithm would have it.

The main character of the book, Sergei, is reminiscent of all the key figures of the most famous anti-utopias at once, from D-503 to Josef K., but the conditions in which he is placed have never been told in such a way.

Double awarded by non-governmental institutions: Book of the Year 2022 (by Russian publisher’s community) and Yasnaya Polyana Award 2022 (sponsored by Samsung)

Olga Slavnikova – The Jump for China

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Chinese translation rights sold to Beijing Publishing Group

Contrary to expectations, the novel THE JUMP by living classic author Olga Slavnikova is neither empathic nor critical about the difficulty of being disabled in Russian society. Also it is neither idyllic nor tragic, it has no contradicting truth and lies, but instead illustrates the clash of many different truths meeting on the solid ground of harsh reality.

“An angry Nabokov.“ Literaturnaya Gazeta

This novel has been multi-awarded in 2018: Big Book Award shortlist, Yasnaya Polyana Award, Book of the Year (publishers at Moscow International Book Fair), National Bestseller Award shortlist

Mikhail Khodorkovsky – How to Slay a Dragon

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a manual for start-up revolutionaries

Isn’t this one of the most pressing questions of our times? How can a totalitarian regime be put to an end? By whom? From the inside or from the outside? After that, who would come to power? And what would that power look like? And what should that power look like?

Far from any know-it-all attitude, Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s book HOW TO SLAY A DRAGON poses questions, uncomfortable questions that have been avoided in the West up to now, such as non-violence/ violence against a totalitarian ruler acting aggressively both internally and externally. Using the example of Russia Khodorkovsky derives the resulting options for action. The book does not want to provide recipes but to initiate a discussion overdue.

In its pamphlet-like gesture, the text is very reminiscent of Stéphane Hessel‘s „Time for Outrage!“ and is therefore available in a special short version with 65 pages.

Both short and unabridged version fully available in English for proof reading.

Darya Bobyleva – The Big UMR in Poland

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short story to be published in Nowa Fantastyka/ Poland

The Big UMR is a chapter from Darya Bobyleva’s horror novel THE COURTYARD ON THE BRINK OF MIDNIGHT. Nowa Fantastyka is the most renown Polish monthly fantasy and scifi magazine (Andrzej Sapkowski published his first short story in the magazine).

«A real “Russian horror book”: joyless, full of despair and tenderness … The novel is a whole, but it consists of many parts, and each part, each individual element, can be viewed for a long time and reread several times. Images from different times that twist and enchant in a kaleidoscope of events… There are no limits to despair and death… Impossible to tear yourself away from the book.» DARK

Aleksei Ivanov – 3 book deal for China

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1 fiction novel and 2 nonfiction titles sold to Neo-Cogito/ China

FICTION by Aleksei Ivanov
THE GEOGRAPHER DRANK THE GLOBE – In the Russian province of the 90s a young teacher fights with the children of the new generation. He has been assigned to the most rebellious class. The „geography teacher“ and the teenagers, who are ready to break him, first sit in the walls of the classroom, but then outside the walls they together experience an adventure of comradeship and initiation.

„Geographer“ pumps new blood into the channels of emotional perception through literature and lets many readers again – lite- rally as the first time – feel very simple and familiar things: winter, love, wind, trust, lone- liness, the smell of cigarette smoke, the taste of vodka, the headache of a hangover.“ GALINA YUZEFOVICH

NONFICTION by Aleksei Ivanov
1) THE MINING CIVILIZATION – The economic potential of mining equipment gave rise to a new and unprecedented cultu- ral phenomenon, dubbed by 20th-century sociologists as the „mining civilization.“ This is a variant of the Russian world, but with a special value system, with a special mythology, with special culture heroes. And the identity of Russian mining and metallurgy, which is also the identity of the Urals, turned out to be the benchmark for its industrialization.

2) RIDGE OF RUSSIA – Russians have settled in the Urals for half a millennium, but also the Urals the Urals have been fitting the immigrants for five centuries. Thus arose in the Urals quite an amazing world, unlike the Russian one, with a complex set of local ideas about nature and man. In everyday life it is difficult to understand how the Urals differ from Russia ¬ and yet remain Russia. In any case, the fact is that the world of the Urals is not an alternative to the Russian world, but one of its versions.

Viktor Martinovich – MOVA for Latvia

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Latvian translation rights sold to Prometejs

Viktor Martinovich’s mind crushing novel about Minsk in the year 2044, when it became a provincial town in the north-west of the United States of China and Russia. Family and love are considered to be out-dated concepts, spiritual needs are fulfilled by consuming and advertising. Despite draconian punishments a particular drug somehow and repeatedly manages to get into the country: MOVA. Anyone who reads the mova note, hardly understands a word, but experiences a wonderfully euphoric high. Chinese triads, Belarusian underground insurgents and the national narcotics control office are tangled up in a drug war. Or is there more to it than meets the eye?

«MOVA is funny. MOVA is sad. MOVA is full of surprises. It is bizarre, it is a thriller, a nightmare – and intoxicating. A powerfully un-cut drug in the form of a book, a fix of which can only be heartily recommended.»
Deutschlandradio Kultur

Lada Luzina – Witches of Kyiv in Polish

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First volume of the series in Polish translation published by Insignis

Kyiv has been considered not only the centre of the Christian orthodox faith but also the witches’ capital since time immemorial. Many Russian-Ukrainian artists (Mikhail Vrubel), authors (Mikhail Bulgakov) and musicians (Modest Mussorgsky) have drawn on this tradition. The settings are all so authentic that the series WITCHES OF KYIV by Lada Luzina can almost be read as an alternative guide book. With a detailed portrait of both contemporary and historical Kyiv the author tempts the reader into a world where reality is hardly distinguishable from the phantastic plot.

In this book a real demon has returned to Kyiv and none other than the three witches are able to protect the town from his curse and from a third murder. Wishful thinking when the author started to write the series, but already 15 years ago the young generation in Ukraine and especially in the big cities was full of positive plans, dreams and wishes for their own future free of old demons.

Viktor Martinovich – NIGHT for Germany

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German translation rights sold to Europa

Blackout in Central Europe. No more electricity, water is only available by the hour, due to a change in the atmosphere, oil and coal do not burn anymore, even compasses do not work. Minsk has disintegrated into clans that are in part fighting. About what happens outside the city limits, circulate only terrible rumors. The end of a suicidal world in which technology has overtaken ethics.

Viktor Martinovich‘s dystopian travelogue NIGHT goes beyond a mere parable on the social-political conditions of this last dictatorship in the heart of Europe. Thoughts create reality, and in the dark as in the light the strongest power is the word. Fake news and troll factory – believing them can cost you your life.

Anna Starobinets – new representation

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all works by Anna Starobinets

The agency is proud to announce the representation of Anna Starobinets, a writer and scriptwriter who works in various genres: sci-fi, dystopias and horrors for adults, fairy and detective stories for children. She is highly decorated with awards and her works are being translated into more than 15 languages.

Wiedling Literary Agency recently realized multi-book deals:
– Serbian translation rights for her children’s detective series BEASTLY CRIME CHRONICLES to Kozikas.
– Spanish translation rights for her newest horror-thriller novel VIXEN HILLS together with refreshing rights for THE LIVING and ICARUS GLAND to Impedimenta.

After Russian aggressive invasion of Ukraine Anna Starobinets publicly announced about her decision to go into exile. She is a Russian and Israely citizen.

Aleksei Nikitin – Bat Ami for World English

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World English rights sold to Harvard University Press

Aleksei Nikitin’s novel BAT-AMI is not a documentary novel, but its story – inspired in part by the author‘s family history – is based on files relating to 1941-1942 secret service operations from the archives of the Ukrainian Secret Service. These sources enabled the author to tell the true story of the famous boxer Goldinov. Because the widespread theories about what happened to him – the rumours that were still circulating in Kyiv after the war – have largely proven to be false, as has old Yad Vashem version of events. The descriptions of Ukraine’s complex conflicts involving an overpowering Russian brother state, the Soviet secret service, German occupation, partisans and patriotic nationalist freedom fighters cast their shadows even onto the Ukraine of today.

The novel has been chosen by Ukrainian PEN Club among the Best Books of the Year 2021.