Press Release: Deals Done
Two Marlen Haushofer Titles Acquired By Quartet
Posted at 4:21PM Thursday 20 Dec 2012
Quartet Books is thrilled to announce news of two titles from award-winning author Marlen Haushofer, having acquired English language rights from Ullstein Buchverlage for a new edition of feminist classic, The Wall, and the first ever English translation of Haushofer's childhood memoir, Nowhere Ending Sky.
The Wall, first published in English by Quartet in 1991, is the story of an ordinary middle-aged woman who awakens to find she is the last living human on Earth. It has since been recognised as a hugely important work of feminist dystopian fiction, and was this year adapted for the screen, Die Wand, starring Martina Gedeck (The Lives of Others).
The autobiographical Nowhere Ending Sky is based on Haushofer's own childhood, and written from the point of view of an imaginative child faced with the overwhelming adult world and impending threat of Nazism in 1920s Austria. The memoir is translated by Amanda Prantera, author of Wolfsong (Quartet Books, 2012).
Marlen Haushofer's extraordinary writing earned her the Grand Austrian State Prize in 1968, but her work was not published in English until after her death.
As publisher of a third Haushofer title, The Loft (2011), Quartet Books is proud to continue to make this uniquely gifted author's work available in the English language.
The Wall and Nowhere Ending Sky will be both published in June 2013.