Dedalus is a publisher of literary fiction and began publishing on November 30th 1983. Our first list consisted of three first novels, one of which The Arabian Nightmare by Robert Irwin has been translated into twenty languages and is now considered a modern classic.
The Dedalus list includes contemporary English language fiction, translated European fiction in the Decadence from Dedalus, Dedalus European Classics, Dedalus Europe 1992 -2012, Dedalus Euro Shorts series and Dedalus Anthologies. Dedalus also publishes literary non-fiction in the Dark Master, City Noir and Concept Book series.
Dedalus has invented its own distinctive genre, which we term distorted reality, where the bizarre, the unusual, the grotesque and the surreal meld in a kind of intellectual fiction which is very European.
Dedalus has sold rights in the books it has originated into twenty-three languages and twenty-eight different territories, finding a worldwide audience for its authors.
Our mission is to be unique: an exciting, innovative and distinctive alternative to commercial publishing, to find new talent and put British publishing at the heart of Europe.
Dedalus has won or been shortlisted for the following prizes:
- The Saltire Best First Book Prize 1995 for Music, in a Foreign Language by Andrew Crumey
- The European Crime & Mystery Award 2003 for Dragon's Eye by Andy Oakes
- Dedalus had two books on the Booker Prize long list in 1995: Exquisite Corpse by Robert Irwin and Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf by David Madsen.
- The French Translation Prize 1992 for Christine Donougher : Book of Nights by Sylvie Germain
- Dedalus was shortlisted on two occasions for the Portuguese Translation Prize: Margaret Jull Costa in 1995 for The Relic and in 2010 for The City and the Mountains both by Eca de Queiroz.
- The German Translation Prize 1998 for Mike Mitchell: Letters Back to Ancient China by Herbert Rosendorfer
- Mike Mitchell was also shortlisted on two other occasions for the German Translation Prize for The Golem by Gustav Meyrink and Stephanie by Herbert Rosendorfer.
- The Russian Translation Prize 2006 for Oliver Ready : Prussian Bride by Yuri Buida
- The Greek Translation Prize 2006 for David Connolly : The Dedalus Book of Greek Fantasy edited by David Connolly.
- The Occult Book of the Year in 1992 for Mike Mitchell's translation of The Angel of the West Window by Gustav Meyrink
- PEN/Book-of-the-Month-Club Translation Prize for 2008 for Margaret Jull Costa : The Maias by Eca de Queiroz.
- The Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize for 2008 for Margaret Jull Costa : The Maias by Eca de Queiroz
- The Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize for 2012 for Judith Landry: New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani.
- Dedalus has been shortlisted on five occasions for the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize:
- Christine Donougher in 1996 for Night of Amber and in 2009 for Magnus both by Sylvie Germain.
- Mike Mitchell on three occasions: 1999 for Simplicissimus by Johann Grimmelshausen, 2000 for The Other Side by Alfred Kubin and 2008 for The Bells of Bruges by Georges Rodenbach.
- Magnus by Sylvie Germain was shortlisted for The American Library Association Notable Book Awards in 2009.
- New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani was shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Award in 2012.
- New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani was shortlisted for The Best Translated Book Award in 2012.
Dedalus has always acknowledged and been grateful for the institutions that have supported our publishing programme. It would have been impossible to have been an alternative to commercial publishing without this support. Our long term relationship with Arts Council England has been central to what we have managed to achieve.
In addition we would like to acknowledge the support of the following organisations:
- The Austrian Ministry of Culture
- The Blue Door Foundation
- The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
- The Camoes Institute
- The Danish Arts Council
- The Dutch Translation Fund
- The Estonian Translation Fund
- The European Union
- Fili in Finland
- The Finnish Embassy in London
- The French Community of Belgium
- The Flemish Translation Fund
- The French Ministry of Culture
- The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Burgess Programme .
- The German Ministry of Culture(Inter Nationes)
- The M. B. Grabowski Fund
- The Greek Ministry of Culture
- The Hellenic Foundation
- The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- The Mikhail Prokhorov Fund
- Opening the Book
- PEN UK
- The Portuguese Book Institute
- The Spanish Ministry of Culture
We would also like to express our thanks to Routledge Publishers, part of Informa Plc, for their sponsorship during 2008-2010.