By Ivan Sršen
Matchmaking Literature and Film 2018
Ivan Sršen (1979), author and publisher, graduated in history and linguistics. He edited numerous editions from the sphere of music, politics, economy and literature. In 2008 he co-founded Sandorf Publishing, which is today one of the strongest independent houses in the region.
LOGLINE of the book
A young Nigerian emigrant Uhunoma, after a couple of years spent strayed across the Old Continent in search of a better life, ends up in a German prison somewhere in Bavaria for not having valid documents for staying in the EU.
synopsis of the book / STORY
Harmattan is a novel about a young Nigerian emigrant Uhunoma who, after a couple of years spent strayed across the Old Continent in search of a better life, ends up in a German prison somewhere in Bavaria for not having valid documents required for staying in the territory of the EU. In prison, she meets women from around the world, each carrying their own burden of remorse, bitterness and frustration with being imprisoned.
Third book, and first novel by the young Croatian author Ivan Sršen brings an elaborate story about destinies of emigrant and immigrant women in contemporary Europe. The novel got its title, Harmattan, from a very dry wind that blows in West Africa by winter and brings large amounts of sand from Sahara. In the Bavarian prison, the protagonist Uhunoma meets a number of imprisoned women, each of them having a dramatic story to tell.
By the agreement with Corto Literary Agency, the author gives his consent that the agency will represent his work in his best interest.
pUBLISHER company profile
Corto Literary Agency is the only literary agency in Croatia specialized in international rights sales. It represents the best Croatian and a number of authors from South-Eastern Europe worldwide. As a co-agent the agency represents foreign publishers, literary agencies and authors, mostly from United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, France, Israel, Spain and South America.
Diana Matulić is a literary agent and editor with a longstanding experience in publishing and agenting business. For ten years she have worked as a foreign literature editor at largest and most prominent Croatian publishing companies in order to open her own literary agency, the first in Croatia, in 2016. with a vision to broader global readership with the finest voices from the SE region.
MAIN AWARDS / FESTIVALS OF WRITER
Festival of Thessaloniki
PAST MAIN PUBLICATIONS OF WRITER
The novel has been presented to international editors and publishers at the book fairs in London, Frankfurt, Prague and Belgrade.
MAIN BIBLIOGRAPHY & SELECTION IN MAIN FESTIVALS OF PUBLISHER
The novel has been presented to international publishers and agents at London, Frankfurt, Prague and Belgrade book fairs.
AUDIOVISUAL RIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS BY PUBLISHER
Circus Columbia (2010, dir. Danis Tanović)
Drama / Crime / Psychological / Adult
Women's prison in Bavaria, contemporary, African immigrants
German, Nigerian, English, Croatian
Uhunoma, Nigerian immigrant / Nana, prisoner
PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL AVAILABLE
English translation of the novel, blurbs, quotes, presentation
FILM AND TV REFERENCES (Sample films)
Stranger in Paradise
Orange Is the New Black
Most Beautiful Island
TARGET AUDIENCE AGE
TARGET AUDIENCE PROFILE
Male/female, interested in the immigrant experience, women's rights and other contemporary issues
LOCATIONS IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
AGE IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
TV (Film and Series)
AVAILABLE RIGHTS FOR TERRITORIES
Cortoliterary - Diana Matulić
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