Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi which won the Booker Prize in 2002, is back with a new novel, his first in eight years, which will be out in May-June 2010.
Beatrice and Virgil is Martel’s first novel since Life of Pi, which is regarded as one of the biggest-selling literary novels and it has attained a near-iconic status.
Penguin India has acquired Indian Subcontinent rights to Beatrice and Virgil, which will be published by Canongate in the UK, Knopf in Canada, Random House in the USA and Text Publishing in Australia next summer.
Penguin India will publish Beatrice and Virgil under its prestigious imprint Hamish Hamilton, which publishes the best in literary fiction and non-fiction.
The story of Beatrice and Virgil follows Henry, a prize-winning writer, who wants to write a book about the Holocaust and is pulled into the world of a taxidermist and the lives of a donkey named Beatrice and a monkey called Virgil. This wildly imaginative and multi-layered novel leaves you asking questions and reflecting on violence, the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust, life and art, remembrance and forgetting, moral engagement and moral compromise.
Yann Martel, whose Life of Pi was also published by Penguin in India and registered phenomenal sales after it won the Booker Prize, said, ‘I'm so pleased to be with (Penguin) again’ and delighted to be published ‘in a country I love so much.’
Editorial Director, Fiction at Penguin India Diya Kar Hazra says, ‘It’s not every day that you come across a story so brilliantly crafted and so profoundly moving. This is a work of sheer genius.’
Beatrice and Virgil will be one of Penguin India’s publishing highlights of 2010 and will be supported by a strong sales and marketing campaign.