About me

Justyna Rzewuska de Lorenzi
I was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1967. On returning from Vietnam in 1974 my father brought me a bag full of shells from the South China Sea and a copy of The Quiet American by Graham Greene with the stamp of the Hotel Continental in Saigon on the title page. Still in my formative years, I spent some time in the north of Africa and later studied Italian Philology at the University of Warsaw. In 1989, the year of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the death of Salvador Dali, I settled in Barcelona where I got married on the same day the flames engulfed the Liceu Opera House.
From the year 2000 until 2016 I was employed in the Grupo Editorial Penguin Random House as the Director of the Foreign Rights Department, representing, among others, Ildefonso Falcones, author of Cathedral of the Sea (translation rights sold to 34 countries, 6 million copies sold, awarded the Giovanni Bocaccio Prize (Italy) and Fulbert de Chartres Prize (France), the TV series adaptation of Cathedral of the Sea (Amtena3/Netflix 2018); Julia Navarro, author of numerous bestsellers, The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud, The Clay Bible, The blood of the Innocent, Tell me who I am, Shoot, I am already dead, Story of a Scoundrel, (rights sold to 27 countries); Albert Espinosa, author of the bestselling memoir The Yellow World (adapted for TV and broadcasted by Antena3, VOX, TF1, RAI in Spain, Germany, France, Italy and in the USA by Steven Spielberg -FOX/Amblin; rights to the book sold to 35 countries, Emmy Award for the series The Red Band Society;  Toni Hill, author of an acclaimed trilogy about Inspector Salgado set in Barcelona, (rights sold to 20 countries); Nerea Riesco, author of Ars Magica, El Elefante de marfíl and Las Puertas del paraíso (rights sold to 12 countries) and Carla Montero, author of Una dama en juego, La tabla Esmeralda and  El Invierno en tu rostro (rights sold to 6 countries).
In 2017 I founded my own agency under the name of Hanska Literary & Film Agency to guide, spread and promote authors and their works in written and audiovisual formats worldwide.