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Cossee is an independent publishing house located at the Amstelveld, the most beautiful square in Amsterdam. The publishing house was founded in autumn 2001 and the first books were published in the spring of 2002. Cossee publishes Dutch and translated fiction and non-fiction. With their selected list, the carefully edited and beautifully designed editions Cossee wants to give their authors the best possible platform and a growing readership.

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Afscheidstournee
Spring Catalogue 2017

The spring catalogue of Cossee Publishers is out! With the new novels by Aleksandr Skorobogatov, Cocaine, and Britta Böhler, The Good Lawyer. Another rediscovered classic by the fantastic Dola de Jong - The Tree and the Vine. As well as the essay collection The Happiness of the Chinese by the renowned Dutch journalist Eefje Rammeloo and two graphic novels by Liesbeth Labeur. And last but certainly not least a promising debut by Marijn Sikken, Exit Ahead.

Also featuring novels by Jane Gardam, Stefano Mancuso, Erich Maria Remarque and Hans Fallada.

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Afscheidstournee
Fall Catalogue 2016

Featuring the new essay collection by Bregje Hofstede: The Rediscovery of the Body
A new novel by Jan van Mersbergen: The Rider and the intriguing The Archivist of the World by Lia Tilon.

Also new translated essays by Navid Kermani and the novels by Christoph Boltanski, Bov Bjerg, a rediscovered classic by Elio Vittorini as well as the new J.M. Coetzee.

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Frankfurt 2016 Highlights

The thirteen titles of our "Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016 Highlights" list:

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NEW TITLE: Eva Meijer - The Bird Cottage

Len Howard (1894-1973) spent the second half of her life in a small, remote house in the English countryside. She wrote two international bestsellers about robins, tits, sparrows, and other birds living in and around her house. Although not originally a biologist, she was a pioneer in the field of animal research, studiying the birds on the basis of their trust

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NEW TITLE: Bregje Hofstede - The Rediscovery of the Body

In The Rediscovery of the Body Bregje Hofstede presents her research on the societal and philosophical context of the burn-out, investigating what it means to be a writing body, and in how far it matters to be writing female body. The result is a real life story about a health craze, that is not about health but about performing.

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NEW TITLE: Renate Dorrestein- Seven Types of Hunger

Seven Types of Hunger tells the story of the Ravendorps, the owners of the luxurious 'diet villa', a boot camp for obese top-managers in an exclusive Dutch spa town. Despite their seeming success, Nadine and Derek are struggling with problems, coming to question not only the usefullness of their institution, but also their marriage. How much longer can they keep up appearances?

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NEW TITLE: Josepha Mendels - I Told You So

The War is all around and hiding is dangerous in the Netherlands in 1943. Frans Winter and Henriëtte Bas have to flee and meet each other in London. Cut off from their homeland and completely isolated. There they jump head first into their new lives. But they know this will not last forever. When the war is over, Frans will have to return to his family in the Netherlands.

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NEW TITLE: Franca Treur- Confetti on the Threshing Floor

Katelijne, the sole daughter amidst six brothers is scarcely involved with the work on the farm. While her desire to participate in the family is growing, her fantasy is taking its own course. And her fantasy is being fed by stories. Family memories, village gossip, Bible stories, tales of reformations - and fairytales, but those are forbidden, because they are lies who distract Katelijne from the truth. She learns that her own words have a big impact on the entire family, that words create the images that make up our lives.

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International successes
 
 
RECENT SALE: Lize Spit - The Melting

Sold to World English, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland and World Arab as well as film rights.

1988, in the small Flemish village of Bovenmeer. Only three children are born that year, and only one of them is a girl, Eva. Together, the three children try to make the best of the situation, until they reach puberty. Then suddenly their relationships are altered. The boys devise cruel plans and it is up to the timid Eva if she wants to join them or betray their friendship. The option is that there is no option.

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RECENT SALE: Dola de Jong - The Field

Sold to Egypt, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Latvia.

A Dutch couple, Aart and Lies, flees the Netherlands just before the outbreak of the Second World War. On their way to the south they take in several children who lost their parents during their flight. They end up in Tangier. On a piece of barren ground they try to survive, while the Arabs watch them with pity.

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RECENT SALE: Britta Böhler - The Decision

Sold to Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Turkey and the UK.

In 1933 at the beginning of Hitler’s reign, Thomas Mann decided not to return to Munich, where he had lived for many years. He was warned by family and friends during a holiday visit to Arosa in Switzerland not to go back home, because they were afraid that he would be arrested. The Nazis had confiscated his possessions and only with great difficulty did he succeed to smuggle some of his furniture, his manuscripts and some money out of the Third Reich.

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RECENT SALE: Saskia Goldschmidt - The Hormone Factory

Sold to Bulgaria, France, Germany, the UK, the US, South Africa, Turkey and film rights.

Love and envy between brothers, conflicting interests between commerce and science, factory girls stuffed with estrus hormones and testosterone driven guys - The Hormone Factory is a chilling story, inspired by historical facts. In which the views on good and evil are clouded by the lust for progress.

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RECENT SALE: David Attwell - J.M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing

Sold to US, UK, Australia, China and South Africa.

The Life of Writing gives us a behind-the-scenes view of such literary masterpieces as Disgrace, Waiting for the Barbarians and Life & Times of Michael K. By comparing J.M. Coetzee’s manuscripts in several stages of writing, we discover some of the magic of one of the world’s most important contemporary writers. The Life of Writing is an essential study for all who have read and loved Coetzee’s novels and fascinating insight in the mind of the Nobel Prize winner of 2003.

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RECENTE SALE: Saskia Goldschmidt - The Vintage Queen

Sold to Germany

The Vintage Queen is the swirling life story of Koko, who collected old clothes in the sixties and seventies, turned them into vintage fashion, and lost everything at the peak of her career. It is also the story of duds and frazzle. About rag-and-bone men who turned into entrepreneurs, hippies turned into businessmen, charity became big business. And about ideals we used to uphold. During the roaring sixties, Koko travels through Europe looking for clothes, and wraps the merchants around her finger with her charm and sturdiness. She is successful and becomes a brand: Koko’s, known in Milan, Paris, and Berlin.

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Latest deals:
 
Hugo's Ashes sold to NoNa, Sweden
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The Bird Cottage sold to Pushkin Press, UK
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The Melting sold to Madarek, Saudi-Arabia
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The Detour sold to Ejal Publishing, Albania
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Seven Types of Hunger sold to Guanda, Italy
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Hugo's Ashes sold to Don Max, Denmark
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The Bird Cottage sold to btb, Germany
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The Melting by Lize Spit sold to Marginesy, Poland
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The Melting by Lize Spit film rights sold to Menuet, Belgium
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The Melting by Lize Spit sold to Picador in London, UK
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Dancing for Survival by Steven Rosenfeld film rights optioned by Lagestee Film in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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The Melting by Lize Spit sold to Actes Sud in Arles, France
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The Melting by Lize Spit sold to Fischer Verlage in Berlin, Germany
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The Melting by Lize Spit sold to Seix Barral in Barcelona, Spain
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The Melting by Lize Spit sold to Rosinante in Copenhagen, Denmark
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The Melting by Lize Spit sold to Cappelen Damm in Oslo, Norway
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The Field by Dola de Jong sold to Turbine in Aarhus, Denmark
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The Field by Dola de Jong sold to Kunstmann in München, Germany
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The Decision by Britta Böhler sold to Guanda in Milan, Italy
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The Field by Dola de Jong sold to Jumava in Riga, Latvia
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The Field by Dola de Jong sold to Al Kotob Khan in Cairo, Egypt
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The Hormone Factory by Saskia Goldschmidt sold to Lettera in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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The Field by Dola de Jong sold to Aschehoug forlag in Oslo, Norway
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The Field by Dola de Jong sold to Pistorius & Olanská in Pribram, Czech Republic
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The Vintage Queen by Saskia Goldschmidt sold to dtv in München, Germany
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The Field by Dola de Jong sold to Nilsson förlag in Malmö, Sweden
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The Shouting in the Dark by Elleke Boehmer sold to Sandstone Press in Dingwall, UK
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Latest awards:
 
The Melting wins the Bronze Owl 2016 jury and audience award
 
The Sky Over Paris by Bregje Hofstede and The Tale of Solle by Andreas Oosthoek shortlisted for the Bronze Owl 2015
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The Last Rhino by Lodewijk van Oord nominated for the Jan Wolkers Prize 2015
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The Sky Over Paris by Bregje Hofstede shortlisted for the Opzij Literature Prize 2015
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The Hormone Factory by Saskia Goldschmidt nominated for the Euregio Literature Prize 2016
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The Sky Over Paris by Bregje Hofstede nominated for the Debutantenprijs 2015
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The Sky Over Paris by Bregje Hofstede nominated for the Libris Literature Prize 2015
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The Sky Over Paris by Bregje Hofstede nominated for the Golden Book Owl 2015
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The Last Escape by Jan van Mersbergen awarded the F. Bordewijk Prize 2014
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The Last Escape by Jan van Mersbergen nominated for the AKO Literture Prize 2014
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Maarten's Perfect World nominated for the Zeeuwse Book Prize 2014
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The Detour was selected for the shortlist of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2014
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Hidden Feelings is nominated for the WIZO Literature Prize 2014
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Maarten's Perfect World was awarded the Zeeuw's Book Sellers Award
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The Detour has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013
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A Wedding Dress From Warsaw has been nominated for the Vrouw en Kultuur Debuutprijs
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The Hormone Factory is longlisted for the Libris Literature Prize 2013
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The Hidden Order is longlisted for the Austrian Scientific Book of the Year 2012 (Natural Sciences and Technics)
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The Hidden Order has been awarded with the ITB Book Award 2013 for Extraordinary Travel Books
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A Wedding Dress From Warsaw has been nominated for the Opzij Literature Prize
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A Wedding Dress From Warsaw is nominated for the Anton Wachter Prize for best debut
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Awards for translated authors:
 
Charlotte by David Foenkinos and Captain of the Steppe by Oleg Pavlov are nominated for the European Literature Prize 2015
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The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink is nominated for the European Literature Prize 2015
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The Song of the Honey Bee by Ralph Dutli has been awarded the LiteraTour Nord Prize 2014
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Kaltenburg by Marcel Beyer is selected for the longlist of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2014
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Mendelssohn on the Roof by Jirí Weil was awarded the Groene Water Reader's Award
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