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Debut Sabina Berman novel to be published in English

3rd March 2010

The debut novel of a critically-acclaimed Mexican playwright and screenwriter is to be published in English.

Sabina Berman's The Woman Who Dove into the Heart of the World has been well received after being published in over a dozen languages and has now been acquired by Simon & Schuster.

The book, which is the story of an autistic girl's journey towards a greater sense of self and love through running her family's tuna fishery, has won comparisons to Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Yann Martel's Life of Pi.

Berman's work has been lauded as one of the most important Latin American novels of recent years, as well as likened to the books of John Irving and the films of Pedro Almodovar.

Francesca Main, commissioning editor at Simon & Schuster, commented: 'This is a one-of-a-kind debut by a one-of-a-kind writer and all of us here are incredibly excited about it. The novel is as intimate as it is broad in scope.'

Berman has received the Mexican National Theatre Prize four times and took home the 2000 National Journalism Award for her collection of interviews with women in positions of power.

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