- Dear authors, Please mind that the web-site has moved to a new address page: www.bgs-agency.com. Our offices has since moved. Please check out our new contacts (and check out our new web-site). Best wishes, Julia Goumen
- Translation rights into German and Swedish to the novel The Women of Lazarus by Marina Stepnova have been sold to btb and Bonniers imprint 2244.
- The novel Women of Lazarus by Marina Stepnova is in the first ten of bestsellers in Moskva book store (a major Moscow book chain), in top ten among all titles, with no differentiation into sections
- Frankfurt fair brought offers to Petrushevskaya's text from France, Hungary and Latvia, The Transcript (Word-for-Word), The Living by Anna Starobinets-from Sweden, and within ten coming days we expect first offers to The Women of Lazarus and The Putin Mystique (the latter was sold to Hungary already).
- Marina Stepnova's brilliant novel "The Women of Lazarus" has been chosen the book of the month by Moskva Book Store.
- Goumen&Smirnova Literary Agency takes part in the events of the International Rights Forum within the framework of the Moscow Book Fair, 7-12 September 2011.
- The new released sci-fi novel Gods of Gods (Astrel, Moscow) by Andrei Rubanov is in the top-sellers in the science fiction section of the Book Store Moskva (Moscow Book Store).
- AST has released a new novel by Marina Stepnova, The Women of Lazarus, a mesmerizing saga which speaks of genius and love with the mastery of Ulitskaya, Tolstaya and Shishkin.
- Within the framework of Moscow Book Festival there will be held a presentation of the new novel by Anna Starobinets, an anti-utopia The Living (in TsDH, at 18-30)
- The Russian omnibus edition of three greatest novellas by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya including internationally acclaimed The Time Night, has been published by Astrel-AST. The English language rights have been bought by Penguin Group - to be published in US and UK next year.
- The Overlook Press has just released the second volume in the Labyrinths of Echo series by Max Frei, The Stranger's Woes. The UK edition with Gollanz (Orion Group) follows in two weeks time.
- Eksmo publishers published "Vongozero", the debut psychological thriller by Jana Wagner. The launch will take place within the framework of the Moscow Book Festival on June 12th at 12-00
- The novel Psycho Agent by Andrei Rubanov is the finalist of the National Bestseller Prize in 2011
- The Circle Dance of Water by Sergei Kuznetsov has been shortlisted for the Big Book Award, the largest literary prize in Russia. The winners to be announced at the end of November 2011
- Our agency has been in charge of most literary events within the official program of Russia as the guest of honor at the Turin Book Fair this year. Please take time to see the schedule
- Andrei Rubanov's novel The Psycho Agent was announced a finalist for the National Bestseller Prize at the Polytechnichesky Museum, Moscow. Rubanov will be competing with 5 other finalists for the prize of 10,000 USD. The winner announcement will take place in St Petersburg at the end of May 2011.
- Two novels - The Psycho Agent by Andrei Rubanov and The Circle Dance of Water by Sergei Kuznetsov - have been longlisted for the Big Book Award. Good luck to both!
- The New Yorker has published another story by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, The Whithered Branch of a Tree
- The Young Translators competition run by Academia Rossica announced the winner at the London Book Fair. The winning translation has become a piece from Anna Starobinets' new novel The Living the winning piece
- We have received an offer from Spain, Minotauro publishing House, for Chlorophilia by Andrei Rubanov. The deal will be closed by The Foreign Office.
- French translation rights to Andrei Rubanov's novels have been sold in auction in a two book deal to Flammarion Ombres Noires series. Flammarion will start with All That Glitters (Zhizn udalas) in 2012 and proceed with The Psycho Agent (Psyhodel) in 2013.
- Harper's magazine has acquired first serial publication rights to Medea story by Petrushevskaya, from her collection of short stories to be published by Penguin US next year
- The Danish translation rights to The Librarian by Mikhail Elizarov have been sold to Vandkunsten publishers. The deal has been made through Natasha Banke, OKNO agency. This makes the list of 8 languages, with editions in French, Italian and Chinese already available.
- Estonian rights to Mikhail Elizarov's novel Librarian have been sold to Varrak publisher, through Natasha Banke, OKNO agency
- The following authors from our clients have been included into the official delegation of Russian writers at LBF: Sergey Kostin, the author of Paco Arraya series; Master Chen aka Dmitry Kosyrev with his espionage historical series; Anna Starobinets with her novels "The First Squad" and "The Living" (to be published in Russia in mid April 2011), Mikhail Gigolashvilli with his novel "The [Devil's} Roller Coaster" and Mikhail Elizarov with his prize-winning novel "The Librarian".
- World English language rights to the selection of short stories "Love Stories" and the omnibus edition of three novellas, including The Time Night and Inner Circle by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya have been sold to Penguin US and Penguin UK, the deal made through Sarah Chalfant, The Wylie Agency
- The novel "A Small Miserable World" by Marina Kozlova got into the long list of the National Bestseller Prize through the nomination and a heated vote procedure among livejournal users, in the natsbest.livejournal.com official blog .
- Andrei Rubanov is the only author in the long-list of the national Bestseller Prize this year with three titles: THE PSYCHO AGENT (AST), YOD (AST) and A MOTHER LAND (Limbus)
- The first printing (7,000 copies) of The Pscho Agent, a new novel by Andrei Rubanov, have been sold out within two weeks from publication date
- Financial Times on Ludmilla Petrushevskaya The selection of short stories "There Once Lived a Woman..." is published by Penguin UK in February. The number of international editions has thus reached ten, with the latest deal with Einaudi in Italy.
The collection of short stories by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya «There Once Lived a Woman Who tried to Kill Her Neighbour's baby» (Penguin US, 2009) won The World Fantasy Awards. The announcement was made yesterday at the World Fantasy convention, in Ohio.
«Indeed, visitors might be well advised to toss their Lonely Planets and take the Akashic volume with them instead if they want to get a taste of the latent violence and macabre wickedness that lurks in almost every corner of that fascinating, horrifying, ugly-beautiful metropolis.» http://www.danielkalder.com/moscowbynight Daniel Kalder in Publishing Perspectives on Moscow Noir, edited by Natalia Smirnova and Julia Goumen
On return from our tenth Frankfurt fair we are happy to share the exciting news that our foreign clients list in Russia expanded with three new clients:
- Robert Lecker Agency with a broad list of music-related non-fiction and fiction books, including their client BackBeat Books and Hal Leonard.
- Dutch publishing group including Ambo-Anthos and Contact Publishing House
- Dutch biggest primary agency Sebes and Van Gelderen
We are positive we shall secure neat deals for our new clients and will continuosly work on representing our solid international client list in Russia
We are excited to announce that at Frankfurt we closed The German deal to Vladimir Lorchenkov's prize-winning novel Milk and Honey. The book will be published by Arche, a Hamburg-based brilliant publisher, in their Paradies series, for the next Frankfurt fair.
- Rights perviously sold to Solaris in Serbia and Atmopshere Libri in Italy. The latter will launch the book in Turin, Italy, in May 2011
Japanese translation rights to the selection of short stories by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya «Where I Was» have been sold to KAWADE SHOBO SHINSHA LTD. PUBLISHERS, publishers who discovered Nabokov, Joyce, Jack Kerouac, and Bukowski for the Japanese readers. The book is scheduled for publication in 2012. The deal was made through Japan UNI Agency.
Two new titles by our authors were presented at the Moscow Book Fair: Sergey Kuznetsov's «Circle Dance of Water» and Andrei Rubanov's «Earth of Life». Both novels will be included into the Frankfurt fair list of the agency
http://www.bookslut.com/fiction/2010_07_016417.php - Bookslut brilliant review on Moscow Noir anthology (edited and compiled by Natalia Smirnova and Julia Goumen, published by Akashic Books,Brooklyn, New York)
..collectively they serve a deliciously dark feast of fables and horror stories, murders and farces..Gogol would love it - Russian Life on Moscow Noir (edited by Smirnova and Goumen, published by Akashic Books, Brooklyn, NY)
Russian rights to Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh have been sold to Ripol Classic, Moscow
Italian translation rights to Vladimir Lorchenkov's Milk and Honey were sold to H2O/Atmopshere Libri.
The new Russian publishing house for Ludmilla Petrushevskaya will be Astrel/AST, Moscow - in a solid six-figure (dollars) deal. The first book to be published in September 2010.
The terrific news come in regards our wonderful author Ludmila Petrushevskaya. Rights to:
- the selection of mystical short stories «There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbour's Baby» (#34 in NY Times bestsellers list, #15 in Amazon.com in translated fiction and #5 last week in The Strand) have been sold to: Spain - Jacobo Siruela, for publication in the Atalanta publishing house Portugal - Relogio d'Agua Norway - Cappelen Damm These recent sales add to the list of international publishers: Penguin Non-Classic (US), Penguin Classics (UK), Berlin Verlag paperback (Germany, under the title «There Was a Woman Who Did Not Love Her Husband That Much»).
- The autobiographical book «The Little Girl from the Metropol» sold to Lithuania (Vaga), which adds up to France (Christian Bourgois), Romania (Meteor)
- The novella «The Time Night» - Portugal (Relogia d'Agua); which adds to the new list of international publishers: Cappelen Damm in Norway, Janet 45 (Bulgaria).
Italian translation rights to the Russian Booker-winning novel The Librarian by Mikhail Elizarov were sold to a newly established Italian publisher: H2O (their first publications come out this summer). The deal was done through Marinella magri, Il Caduceo. Translation rights sold so far to: Calmann-Levy (France), Media II (Serbia), Sareni Ducan (Croatia) , H2O (Italy) The French publication is out in August 2010.
Gallimard published the French edition of The Man Who Knew Everything by Igor Sakhnovski.
Serbian rights to «Milk and Honey» by Vladimir Lorchenkov were sold to Solaris. The deal was arranged through Plima Literary Agency.
The novel «Number One, or in the Garden of Other Possibilities» by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya was published by Swiat Ksiazki in Poland.
Lena Eltang's novel The Stone Maples was awarded the newly established literary award The New Literature («NOS»). The idea of the prize is to promote the search for new forms, new meanings, artistic means, to help in drawing a new mental and metaphorical map of the world. The award amounts to 700,000 rubles (around 25,000 US dollars).
Croatian rights to the Russian Booker novel The Librarian by Mikhail Elizarov were sold to Sareni Ducan. The deal was made through Plima Literary Agency in Serbia.
German translation rights to the collection of short stories by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya «There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby» (published by Penguin US in 2009) were sold to Berlin Verlag for publication in their paperback series.
UK English language rights to There Once Lived a Woman Who Tired to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya have been sold to Penguin Classics UK. The deal was arranged through The Wylie Agency.
There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Penguin US, 2009) made it to #34 in the extended New York Times bestsellers list
Our most recently updated exclusive list of represented foreign clients in Russia includes:
- Akashic Books, USA
- Waterside Productions, USA
- McClelland & Stewart Ltd, publisher, English language, Canada
- Brick House Literary Agents, USA
- The Colchie Agency, USA
- The Bukowski Literary Agency, Canada
- Black&White Publishing, Scotland, Great Britain
- The Old Street Publishing, Great Britain
- Raft PR and literary agency, Great Britain
- Piergiorgio Nicolazzini Literary Agency, international, Italian, English, Spanish languages
- Fazi Editore, publisher Italy
- Minimum fax, publisher, Italy
- ISBN, publisher, Italy
- Servizi Editoriali, agency, Italy
- Il Caduceo, international agency, Italy (Italian and international)
- Japanese Writers’ House/TranNet, literary agency, Japan
- Guillermo Schavelzon Literary Agency, Argentina
- Michael Gaeb Literary Agency, international, Spanish, Portuguese, German and English language
From the article by Liesl Schillinger, New York Times Review of Books, 11/22/2009
- «Every one of the 19 stories in Petrushevskaya’s “There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby” pres¬ents an arresting parable of this kind. Timeless and troubling, these “scary fairy tales” grapple with accidents of fate and weaknesses of human nature that exact a heavy penance».
- «Short, highly concentrated, inventive and disturbing, her tales inhabit a borderline between this world and the next, a place where vengeance and grace may be achieved only in dreams. The editor and critic Keith Gessen (author of the novel “All the Sad Young Literary Men”) and Anna Summers, a Boston-based scholar of Slavic literature, chose and translated these selections, winnowing them from the large harvest of Petrushevskaya’s works and hand-picking stories with mys¬tical resonance or echoes in fable and fairy tale».
- «The stories in this exquisite collection — vital, eerie and freighted with the moral messages that attend all cautionary tales — reflect only one of Petrushevskaya’s many modes of expression».
- «In these beautifully translated pages, they deliver savory tastes of Petrushevskaya’s dark perspective, but in portions so small and distinct that the chernukha seasons rather than overwhelms them. We are left hungry for more».
«Simply put, these stories are incredibly weird. But they linger in the mind as unsolvable puzzles: ,ysterious and undeniably seductive» More Magazine on Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby
«You know only that the world you are in is as bleak as Beckett, as astringent as witch hazel, as poetic as your finest private passing moments.» - Elle in US with a dazzling review on Petrushevskaya: http://www.elle.com/Entertainment/Movies-TV/Book-Release-There-Once-Lived-a-Woman-Who-Tried-to-Kill-Her-Neighbor-s-Baby
Swedish translation rights to the original fantasy book by Max Frei, THE STRANGER, which opens the longselling series The Labyrinths of Echo, have been sold to Ersatz. The deal was handled by Natasha Banke, Okno literary agency.
Publisher's Weekly published an excellent review on Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's new selection of short stories in Keith Gessen's and Anna Summers' translation (Penguin, US), THERE ONCE LIVED A WOMAN WHO TRIED TO KILL HER NEIGHBOR'S BABY: FAIRY TALES. It starts as follows: «Masterworks of economy and acuity, these brief, trenchant tales by Russian author and playwright Petrushevskaya, selected from her wide-ranging but little translated oeuvre over the past 30 years, offer an enticement to English readers to seek out more of her writing…»
After the publication of the first volume, THE STRANGER, by Max Frei, The Overlook Press acquired World English rights to the complete series «Labyrinths of Echo» - an amazing and exotic bestselling series from Russia! Peter Mayer, the publisher of the Overlook, wants to proceed with publishing 3 more volumes (outside The Stranger), compiled from the novellas that build nine volumes within the original Russian series. The selection to be made by the author, the translator and the editor will introduce English language readers to the original, whimsical and noir world of Echo and will be telling the thrilling story of adventures of endearing Max and his friends.
The Kamlaev Anomaly by Sergei Samsonov was shortlisted for the National Bestseller Prize.
We didn't acquire Max Frei's wonderful contemporary epic The Stranger because it was foreign literature or because it came from Russia,” says publisher Peter Mayer. “It's just a marvelous book that has sold everywhere. I don't think there is a specific market that drives English-speaking readers to foreign literature in translation; it is simply that the best readers read books regardless of their provenance. There is not a specific Marcel Proust readership or a Franz Kafka readership, for example. Readers don't go into bookstores looking for translations. They just look for books they may want to read.” http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6651138.html
The Stranger by Max Frei was published by The Overlook Press in US.
After auctions held in the territories rights to Librarian by Mikhail Elizarov have been sold to Calmann Levy Editions in France and Media II in Serbia.
The novel LIBRARIAN by Mikhail Elizarov has won Russian Booker Prize-2008.
GEOGRAPHER DRANK AWAY HIS GLOBE by Alexei Ivanov has been published in France (Fayard) and Holland (Meulenhoff).
The Italian translation rights for LEGS by Sergei Samsonov have been sold to ISBN.
Goumen&Smirnova were kindly invited by the International Book Forum in Turin (8 - 10 April) to visit it as participants. We are happy that we had another opportunity to meet with our international colleagues in the warm and inspiring atmosphere of Turin IBF.
<b>«The Siege Novel. To Dream and to Believe»</b> by Andrei Turgenev was shortlisted for the National Bestseller Prize.
At the London Book Fair 2008 (14 - 16 March 2008) we introduced the new titles by our young authors, all in their early 30s: a debut novel NEVER FEAR NOTHING by Alexander Kudriavtsev, an optimistic voice of Russia's generation born in the 80s
COLD SPELL by Anna Starobinets, a much-praised and internationally published author of The Awkward Age (published in Italy by ISBN; rights sold to Poland and Bulgaria),
an unsentimental account of the troubled life of a single father, DUMP-TRUCK by a prize-winning author Vladimir Lorchenkov,
Sergei Samsonov's literary accomplishment, a powerful existential drama THE KAMLAEV ANOMALY.
We were also happy to introduce a new criminal drama ALL THAT GLITTERS by the prize-winning, celebrated author of «Do Time Get Time» (published in UK by Old Street; rights also sold to Poland and Bulgaria), Andrei Rubanov.
In the realm of quality commercial literature we specially focused on PACO ARAYA's series of three novels by Sergei Kostin.
Goumen&Smirnova have signed up a few new foreign clients for representation in Russia: The Colchie Agency (USA), Raft PR and Literary Agency (UK), Waterside Productions (USA), Guillermo Schavelzon & Asociados Literary Agency (Argentina), Servizi Editoriali (Italy). So the list of our foreign clients includes now: Akashic Books, USA
McClelland & Stewart Ltd, publisher, English language, Canada
Brick House Literary Agents , USA
The Colchie Agency, USA
Waterside Productions, USA
Raft PR and literary agency, UK
Black&White Publishing, Scotland, UK
Impress Books, UK
The Old Street Publishing, UK
Cl? Iar-Chonnachta, Ireland
Fazi Editore, Italy
ISBN, publisher, Italy
Minimum fax, publisher, Italy
Il Caduceo, international agency, Italy (international)
Vicki Satlow Literary Agency, Italy (international)
Japanese Writers’ House/TranNet, literary agency, Japan
AVA International, international agency,
Germany Guillermo Schavelzon Literary Agency, Argentina
Servizi Editoriali, Italy
The Russian rights to the series of spy novels about Paco Araya by Sergei Kostin have been sold to Populyarnaya Literatura Publishing House, who are planning to publish all three novels by the end of 2008, starting in May with the «Paris Weekend». The first printing for each title will be 100 000 copies. Previously «Paris Weekend» was published in English with Enigma Books, US.
Our authors Andrei Turgenev (with his novel «The Siege Novel. To Dream and to Believe») and Andrei Rubanov (with his novel «All That Glitters») have been long-listed for the BIG BOOK Award 2008. Congratulations!
The translation rights for «Geographer Drank Away His Globe» by Alexei Ivanov have been sold to Slovenia (SWA). The international list of publishers of this novel now includes: Librairie Artheme Fayard (French), Meulenhoff (Dutch), Alma Littera (Lithuanian), NSM-Media (Bulgarian), Solaris (Serbian), SWA (Slovenian).
The novel «Solitude-12» by Arsen Revazov has been published in Italy by Piemme and in Poland by Literackie.
Inostranka publishing house have successfully published the international bestseller «P.S. I Love You» by Cecelia Ahern for the occasion of the Russian release of the same name movie. Inostranka have also acquired the rights for the next three novels by Cecelia through our agency.
The translation rights for «The Man Who Knew Everything» by Igor Sakhnovski have been sold to Serbia (Laguna). The deal was made in cooperation with Plima Literary Agency.
The Siege Novel. To Dream and to Believe by Andrei Turgenev was published by Eksmo to a huge critical acclaim.
The French translation rights for The Man Who Knew Everything by Igor Sakhnovski have been sold to Gallimard.
The French translation rights for the autobiographical novella Little Girl from the Metropol by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya have been sold to Christian Bourgois.
The novel «A New Russian's Diary - 2» by Elena Kolina was published by Blanvalet (Random House) in Germany.
Trip to Kettari by Max Frei was published by Blanvalet (Random House) in Germany.
The translation rights for «The Man Who Knew Everything» by Igor Sakhnovski have been sold to Italy (Il Saggiatore). The deal was made in cooperation with Il Caduceo Literary Agency.
We are happy to start representing in Russia the list of Vicki Satlow Literary Agency.
The novel «Pearl Porn, or the Supermarket of Solitude» by a young Ukranian star Irena Karpa was published in Russia by Amphora Publishers.
The novel «The Man Who Knew Everything» by Igor Sakhnovski was SHORTLISTED for a major literary prize Big Book Award 2006-2007, among the titles by such authors as Ludmilla Ulitskaya, Dmitry Bykov, Victor Pelevin.
We are happy to represent the translation rights for the new novel «Cheap Porn» (original title: «Bluda i MUDO») by Alexei Ivanov who is called «the gold reserve of the Russian literature».
The translation rights for «Number Thirteen» by Masha Pavlovich have been sold to Germany (Droemer) and Lithuania (Alma Littera).
The Slovenian translation rights for «mASIAfucker» by Ilya Stogoff have been sold to Beletrina.
The French translation rights for «The White Book» by Ilya Stogoff have been sold to Actes Sud.
We are happy to start representing in Russia an established Canadian publisher McClelland&Stewart, and a German literary agency AVA International.
The novel «BLACKBERRY SHOOT» by Lena Eltang was SHORTLISTED for the National Bestseller Prize 2007. Other authors in the list are: Ludmilla Ulitskaya, Vladimir Sorokin, Dmitry Bykov, Ilya Boyashov, Vadim Babenko.
The Bulgarian translation rights for the novel «Geographer Drank Away His Globe» by Alexei Ivanov have been sold to the publisher Infodar.
The translation rights for «Mr. Right and Mr. Wrong» by Elena Kolina have been sold to Turkey in cooperation with Kalem Agency.
The novel «CINEPHOBIA.RU» by Alexei Evdokimov was nominated for the Big Book Literary Award.
The book «LITTLE GIRL FROM THE METROPOL» by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya was nominated for the National Bestseller Prize.
The novel «BLACKBERRY SHOOT» by Lena Eltang was nominated for the National Bestseller Prize and Big Book Literary Award.
The novel «SOLITUDE-12» by Arsen Revazov was published by Blanvalet (Random House), Germany.
The novel «STRANGER. Mazes of Echo,1» was published by Blanvalet (Random House) in Germany. The second volume, «Trip to Kettari» will be out in autumn this year.
Penguin bought NA English language rights to the collection of mystical short stories by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, «Scary Fairy Tales». Stories selected, foreworded and translated by Keith and Anna Gessen
Alexei Ivanov was invited to a meeting of President Vladimir Putin with leading representatives of Russian cultural life. The President and his guests discussed most topical cultural issues. The meeting was dedicated to anniversary of Prof. Likhachev.
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya gave a reading in «Restavratsia» restaurant. The author read some of her poems, scary fairy-tales (for grown-ups) and screened some of her animated films.
Goumen&Smirnova Literary Agency signed up to represent Ludmilla Petrushevskaya in Russia. This area was added to the international sphere in which the agency handled Petrushevskaya's work since spring 2006.
Goumen&Smirnova Literary Agency celebrated our launch during Non/Fiction Book Fair. We were happy to welcome our friends and colleagues at the Moscow club «Kitaiskii Liotchik Jao Da».
Alexei Ivanov was awarded the literary prize Strannik (The Pilgrim) for his novel «Heart of the Taiga», as the best novel in the genre of fantasy and historical novels
A new book of prose by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (selected work by the author, including the cult "The Time: Night") was published by Amphora publishers in Russia