Graeme Macrae Burnet continues his reign in Spain
Posted on April 21, 2020
We’re delighted to announce that the Madrid-based publisher Impedimenta has signed up a forthcoming Spanish translation of Graeme Macrae Burnet’s debut novel, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau, for release in early 2021. Director Enrique Redel snapped up the book after the success in Spain of Graeme’s Booker-shortlisted His Bloody Project – despite the severe effects of the Lockdown on the book market.
First published in 2014 in our Contraband imprint, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau is a literary mystery in a style reminiscent of the classic Belgian novelist Georges Simenon. It introduces us to Inspector Gorski, who returns in Graeme’s most recent novel, The Accident on the A35. Translations of the Gorski novels have appeared in a number of European languages already, while His Bloody Project is available in more than twenty languages around the world.
The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau tells the story of Manfred Baumann, a loner who spends his evenings quietly drinking and surreptitiously observing Adèle Bedeau, the sullen but alluring waitress at a bistro in the unremarkable small French town of Saint-Louis. But one day, she vanishes. When Gorski begins to investigate the girl’s disappearance, he names Manfred as a suspect, shaking Manfred’s repressed world to its core.
The novel was described by Richard Strachan in The National as ‘one of the best debuts from a Scottish writer in some time’, and in the Herald as ‘a captivating psychological thriller’.
The Spanish edition is to be translated by Alicia Frieyro, and the rights were acquired from our Spanish agent Victor Hurtado at Vic Lit.