Corto Literary Agency represents some of the best and most prestigious writers from
South-Eastern Europe, i.e. the Balkans. It is a territory of diversity; an intersection of various cultures, traditions and practices, a territory that pulsates with creativity and variety.


Our mission is to choose only the finest and the most valuable in our pursuit to bring this talent closer to the international reading audience, to contribute to the open world of new stories, new voices and new ideas that can enrich and change us.


Besides representing authors from the Balkans, Corto Literary works as a co-agent with international publishers and agencies on Central and Eastern European markets. Our main objective is to match the right publishers with the right titles and thus contribute to greater success of our clients.

FEATURED BOOKS

  

 

CORTO LITERARY’S 2021 LEADING LITERARY TITLE

In the vein of majestic works such as Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides or Margaret Atwood’s prose, the power of this novel lies in the ability of genuine literature to reshape the suppressed using it as a vehicle of personal and collective change.

Ivana Bodrožić’ new novel tells a story of being locked in: socially, domestically and intimately, told through three different perspectives.  It questions our matrilineal family legacies and points to the unbreakable bond between our personal freedoms, human dignity and social circumstances, and does so with empathy, its most powerful weapon, breaking the chains and unlocking lives, concealed family relations and forbidden love stories.

„This complex novel questions how body and sex we’re born with constrict us, how they can turn into a cage that society builds around one’s identity. A novel dedicated to unfreedom, the price that one pays in pursuit of the freedom – a high price of otherness – written with the nuanced psychological insight and the sensibility of an exceptional author. “

Slavenka Drakulić, author of S.: A Novel about the Balkans

SONS AND DAUGHTERS
Author: Ivana Bodrožić
Pages: 264
Publication: Corto Literary / Hermes, October 2020

Translation rights sold
Serbia – Orfelin

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CORTO LITERARY’S 2021 LEADING NON-FICTION TITLE

170.000 COPIES IN FIRST PRINT RUN
World’s best footballer tells his story of perseverance against all odds.

From his war-stricken childhood during the nineties in the Croatian War of Independence to the peak of his career – winning the Golden Ball for the best player in the World Cup. This is Luka’s own story, his straightforward and honest words revealing the power of mind and heart of those turning dreams into reality.

MY GAME. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF LUKA MODRIĆ
Authors: Luka Modrić and Robert Matteoni
Pages: 367 (photographs and text)
Publication: Corto Literary/Hermes, November 2019

Translation rights sold in 18 countries!
Croatia
– Hermes;  UK & Commonwealth – Bloomsbury UK; France – Talent Éditions; Hungary – Helikon; Italy – Sperling & Kupfer; The Netherlands – Kosmos Uitgevers; Japan – Toho Shuppan; Korea – Hans Media
Poland – Wydawnictwo Znak; Czech Republic – Nakladatelstvi Prah; Russia – Eksmo; Slovenia – Učila; Estonia – Helios; Bulgaria – Kragozor; Sweden – Idrottsförlaget; Spain – Roca Editorial; Vietnam – Tre Publishing House;
China – Shangai People’s Press; Bulgaria (audio) – Storytel Bulgaria

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