The literary agency International Editors’ Co. (IECO) was founded in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1939 by Dr. Hugo Lifezis and Anna Sherman Lifezis, who fled Vienna during the rise in power of the Nazis. Many of their friends were prestigious writers and they agreed to represent them in the Spanish language. They started off with authors such as Vicki Baum, Sigmund Freud, Stefan Zweig, and Alexander Lernet Holenia.
In 1960 the Lifezis’s moved to Barcelona, Spain where they opened the IECO headquarters while Nicolás Costa took charge of the office in Buenos Aires. In 1966 Isabel Monteagudo joined IECO-Barcelona and became the manager upon the death of Dr. Lifezis and Anna’s return to Vienna.
IECO represents a truly wide range of publishers and literary agencies predominately from North America, Germany, and the UK but also from Australia, India, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Turkey, and South Africa, in all Spanish speaking countries throughout the world, in Portugal, and in Brazil. Additionally, we have a theatrical rights department for primarily German authors.
More recently IECO Barcelona has incorporated a list of French titles hand selected from the catalogs of the most established publishing houses which we represent exclusively in our markets. We also handle foreign rights around the world for the prestigious Spanish publishing house, Ediciones B and Maeva.
We are proud to be the co-agents for contemporary classics such as Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, F. Scott Fitzgerald, W.H. Auden, John Dos Passos, J.D. Salinger, and Günter Grass among many others, as well as bestsellers including J.R.R. Tolkien, Jean M. Auel, Mary Higgins Clark, Mitch Albom, Kate Morton, Jacqueline Kelly, and Anna Todd.
Moreover, our agency in Barcelona directly represents authors whose rights we negotiate throughout the world such as Augusto Monterroso, Ramón J. Sender, Àlex Rovira, Fernando Trías de Bes, Daína Chaviano, and Javier Tomeo.