Rights to Mai Jia thriller sold at Frankfurt Book Fair
The English copyright to Chinese writer Mai Jia’s spy thriller novel Feng Sheng (lit. the sound of wind) was sold at the 70th Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany on Tuesday, the same day that the event kicked off.
The English copyrights were purchased by British publisher Head of Zeus and deals were also made concerning the book’s publication in Italian, Portuguese, Turkish and Finnish, according to a statement sent to the Global Times from Mai’s representatives.
Set in the 1930s, Mai’s 2007 spy thriller follows an undercover agent for the Communist Party of China who tries to deliver a secret message without being discovered by the Kuomintang intelligence officers she works with. The story was later adapted into the movie The Message, which earned a total of 225 million yuan ($32 million) when it hit Chinese mainland theaters in 2009.
One of China’s most well-known spy thriller writers, Mai became known to many overseas readers for his Decoded, the 2002 prize-winning novel about an autistic mathematician working as a cryptographer at a national security department. To date, the work has been published in 33 languages.