Torto Arado will be released in Germany by the publisher Fischer Verlag

17/05/2022

Sales success in Brazil and worldwide, the work of Itamar Vieira Junior, “Torto Arado” (Crooked Plough), will soon arrive on the shelves of yet another country: Germany. The book had its rights purchased by the traditional German publisher Fischer Verlag and the book’s release is scheduled for August 2022, although it is already on pre-order. With a translation by Bárbara Mesquita, the German version bears the name “Die Stimme meiner Schwester” (My sister’s voice).

Torto Arado is an absolute sales phenomenon in Brazil, with almost 200,000 physical and digital copies sold since its launch in 2019, by Todavia books, a participant in Brazilian Publishers  – a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil). The work remains at the top of all the Publishnews portal’s lists of best-selling titles in Brazil.

Torto Arado won the main Brazilian literary prizes, such as Oceanos and the Jabuti Award, both in 2020. Even before its launch in Brazil, it also won the Leya award in 2018, in Portugal. Since then, the book has met the expectations of the publishers and repeated its sales success abroad, having its rights sold in Italy, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany and the United States.

The work arrived in Mexico at the end of last year, having been launched by Textofilia Ediciones during the Guadalajara International Book Fair 2021. The Mexican version, “Torcido Arado”, was translated by Rafael Climent-Espino. Recently, the best seller was also launched in Colombia, as “Tortuoso Arado”, by the publisher Tusquets and with translation by Felipe Cammaert.

Adaptation

The work will also hit European theaters soon. Inspired by the story of the book, director Christiane Jatahy, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, is producing the show “After the silence”, scheduled to premiere on June 15th, in Vienna, Austria. The production of the play has European and American co-production, and it also has a Brazilian in the cast. The actress from Bahia, Gal Pereira, was climbed by the director at Quilombo de Remanso (quilombo is the name given to communities formed mostly by remnants of fugitives from slavery in Brazil), in Chapada Diamantina, during Christiane’s trip to the region to get to know the scenario of the plot by Itamar Vieira Junior.

The book will also be adapted for audiovisual: a TV series is beeing produced in Brazil by the streaming service HBO Max. Filmmaker Heitor Dhalia is responsible for directing the project and the writing team is made up of five black women, led by playwright Luh Maza. The filming will begin in 2023 and there is still no release date for the production.

Crooked Plough

The plot of the work is based on the reality of the Brazilian state of Bahia’s hinterlands and tells the trajectory of the characters Bibiana and Belonísia, two sisters who find an ancient and mysterious knife, kept in a suitcase under their grandmother’s bed. An accident happens and their lives are forever intertwined. With melodious prose, the novel tells a story of life and death, combat and redemption, and tackles themes such as slavery and land disputes.

About Brazilian Publishers

Created in 2008, the Brazilian Publishers is an industry project for the promotion of Brazilian editorial content, the result of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil). The initiative aims at promoting the Brazilian editorial industry in the global market in a guided and organized manner, supporting the operationalization of publishers.