Back in Stockholm with mixed feelings. Perhaps my expectations were unrealistic, but I had such high hopes for New Zealand’s participation as the 2012 Guest of Honour. It was lavish, perhaps even extravagant,¬†chosing to fill¬†the more than 2,000 square metres of the New Zealand Pavilion with water and darkness. Stunning, perhaps, but not very practical. It was easy to forget that this was part of a BOOK fair. But I suppose time will tell if this will make an impact on how the world takes to New Zealand literature. Neither my German¬†nor my Swedish publisher¬†was approached by anybody New Zealand, while last year Iceland’s focus was entirely on building relationships and selling literary rights.
A comment from¬†German magazine Stern titled ‘Storytellers with no written language’!, but mentioning ‘Die Fremde am Meer’ as having ‘Bestsellerpotenzial’, bestseller potential: