Lunch with Buddha - Foreign Rights Sale

Breakfast with Buddha - Korean version
Breakfast with Buddha - Korean version
Dec. 22, 2015 - PRLog -- Arumdri Media Publishing has acquired the Korean translation rights to Roland Merullo's award-winning novel Lunch with Buddha. The book is the sequel to Breakfast with Buddha which is now in its 17th printing.

Kirkus Reviews named Lunch with Buddha one of the "Best Books of 2013" calling it "a beautifully written and compelling story about a man’s search for meaning that earnestly and accessibly tackles some well-trodden but universal questions. ... A quiet meditation on life, death, darkness and spirituality, sprinkled with humor, tenderness and stunning landscapes."

“I’m very pleased that Breakfast with Buddha is doing so well in Korea that Arumdri has bought the rights to Lunch and is now talking about Dinner," author Roland Merullo said. "It’s always important for a writer to know his or her work is being read, but to know it is being read on the other side of the globe—China and Korea—that is a particular kind of encouragement.

"It so happens that I’ve had some especially moving notes from two readers of Lunch with Buddha this week—both of whom are going through difficult times in their lives. I’ve always felt that my books come through me," Merullo continued. "Not in any mystical sense, but just that I am almost accidentally making my tiny contribution to the world, doing what I am supposed to be doing, perhaps bringing a bit of light into a life here and there for a few hours. I work at it, of course. And it took me decades of work to learn the craft of writing a novel. At the same time, though, it does seem to come from outside me in some way. When I read over a passage of one of the books I sometimes feel, 'Who wrote that?' Maybe I’ll make a trip to Seoul or Beijing one fine day and actually meet the guy responsible.”

The English version of Lunch with Buddha is now in its 4th printing.

Roland Merullo is an awarding-winning author of 20 books including 14 works of fiction: Breakfast with Buddha, a nominee for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Talk-Funny Girl, a 2012 ALEX Award Winner and named a “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Library Association and the Massachusetts Center for the Book; Vatican Waltz named one of the Best Books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly; Lunch with Buddha selected as one of the Best Books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews; Revere Beach Boulevard named one of the “Top 100 Essential Books of New England” by the Boston Globe; A Little Love Story chosen as one of “Ten Wonderful Romance Novels” by Good Housekeeping and Revere Beach Elegy winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction.

In addition to Korean, Merullo's books have been translated into German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Croatian.

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