The first novel for adults by British writer J.K. Rowling, "Una Vacante Imprevista" (The Casual Vacancy) in its new Spanish version will be in bookstores throughout Spain and Latin America simultaneously on Dec. 19.

Published in English on Sept. 27, "The Casual Vacancy" has become a bestseller in Britain, the United States, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia. Three weeks after its launch, the book has sold more than a million copies.

"The Casual Vacancy" will be translated into 43 languages worldwide. In Spain and Latin America it will be published by Salamandra.

The story of this adult novel takes place in Pagford, a fictional village in southwest England, where the sudden death of a councilor unleashes a fierce battle between various factions to take over the vacated seat on the town council, a key factor for settling an old territorial dispute. EFE