Bangkok Blues – Norwegian edition of Spirit House
Each time a foreign language edition appears I have a good feeling that a number of new readers will be able to read my books. The reality is not everyone can read the original English version of any novel. Selling foreign rights expands the audience.
The Norwegian publishers Giga Forlag has released the Norwegian edition of Spirit House under the title of Bangkok Blues. I am sometimes asked why I change a title for a foreign edition. Like most authors, I have nothing to do with the publication of a foreign edition. My publisher sells the translation rights to a foreign language publisher. The local publisher who bought the rights arranges for everything for translation to cover and name of the book are in their control. The next Calvino novel to appear in Norwegian will be Cold Hit. That translation is scheduled to appear in 2006.