dijous, 18 de juliol de 2013

Jota Publishers acquire Czech Rights of 'El restaurador de arte', by Julián Sánchez

We are glad to announce that publishing house Jota has acquired Czech Rights of Julián Sánchez's new novel.

El restaurador de Arte’, by Julián Sánchez takes us back to his best-seller 'El anticuario' as in this new novel we find some of the main characters of the previous one. 

 ‘El anticuario’ was Julián Sánchez’s first novel, published in Spanish by RocaEditorial, and rights were sold up to 12 languages: Querido/Q (The Netherlands), Limes Verlag/RH Group (Germany), Einaudi/Stile Libero (Italy), Livanis (Greece), AST (Russia), Swiat Ksiazki (Poland), Jota (Czech Republic), Record (Brazil), Pantagruel (Norway), Shanghai Translation (China), Editura All (Romania), Barcelona e-Books (English). 

 A murder. A mystery hidden in the work of the painter Sert. 
A secret that travels between America and Europe... 

 Enrique, the main character of 'El anticuario', has moved to live in NY. His career as writer goes well and he has also begun to work as a script writer for Hollywood. When he receives news from his ex-wife, Betty, he can’t imagine that he is about to become the protagonist of another dangerous mystery.

 Enrique is asked to travel to San Sebastián to the opening of a new Art Museum, for which Betty works as PR. After a beautiful evening, the corpse of a dead man appears on the shore of the famous Concha Beach and some days afterwards Enrique and Betty learn that this dead man turns out to be an American specialist in art conservation and restoration, who was already retired and was spending some time in San Sebastián studying the paintings by Sert that can be seen in a church very close to the new museum. 

 Josep Maria Sert (1874–1945) was a Catalan muralist, and friend of Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and other famous artists of his time. He developed his career in Paris and the USA, and was particularly known for his grisaille style, often in gold and black. His best-known public murals are in the Hôtel de Ville in Paris, the League of Nations in Geneva and, in New York, at the Waldorf-Astoria and at the Rockefeller Center, where his “American Progress” replaced Diego Rivera’s controversial homage to Lenin. 

 The novel’s plot will take the reader from Spain to New York, stopping in Paris; It will shift between past and present to reveal us the personality of Sert and a mystery, hidden in his work, that until now only the dead man seemed to know... 

'American Progress' by Sert (Rockefeller Centre, NY)

 Praise for ‘El Anticuario’:

 * “Sánchez prefaces this compelling novel with the assertion that some of the events described are real, which, combined with Sánchez’s fine writing, lends this book a delicious plausibility. (...) This latest addition to the Da Vinci Code readalikes is in many ways superior to it.” - Library Journal (USA) 

 * “A really thrilling mystery.” - Alto Adige (Italy) * “A lesson of good writing” - La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno (Italy) 

 * “Excellent debut.” - Il Salvagente (Italy)

 * “With elements of thriller, adventure, historical novel, crime and drama Julián Sánchez presents us a perfect balance” - Serendipia (Spain) 

 * “A very amusing and entertaining novel, with all the ingredients to make us have a very good time” - Bitácora (Spain) 

 * “A mystery and adventure novel, pretty well written, which will not give us rest because the discoveries of the protagonist and the threats he faces will keep us hooked from beginning to end.” - Leer.com (Spain) 

 * “An exciting rythm, unexpected twists, enriching historical data, mysteries and enigmas related to the Kabalah and a jewel are the ingredients of an entertaining and amusing thriller.” - Me gustan los libros (Spain) 

 From Amazon.com customer’s reviews: 

 * “I liked very much, the plot, the mistery and also the historical knowledge (...) is a good book and you want to read to know who the killer is.” 

 * “Truly excellent read. I was intrigued from the beginning. As a self proclaimed bookworm, I love mysteries that center around the discovery of a book (...)'The Antiquarian' surprised me with its ease of read and continuity. This book will intrigue not only scholars and researchers, but book lovers in general. The mystery spans generations and involves some quirky, but very clever characters (...) compelling, much researched and intelligent story-telling.”

English cover of 'El anticuario'