Tom Rachman’s novel “The Rise & Fall of Great Powers” published in Persian

TEHRAN — British-Canadian writer Tom Rachman’s 2014 novel “The Rise & Fall of Great Powers” ​​has been published in Persian by Saless.

Asadollah Haqqani and Narges Mosavat are the translators of the book.

“The Rise & Fall of Great Powers” begins in a dusty bookstore. What follows is an abduction, heated political debate, glimpses into strangers’ homes, and a trip around the world.

It is a novel of curious personalities, mystery and many books: volumes that the characters collect, covet and steal.

Tooly Zylberberg, owner of a bookshop in the Welsh countryside, spends most of his life reading. Yet there is one story that never made sense: his own life.

As a child, she moved away from home, then grew up in Asia, Europe and the United States. But who are the people who raised her? And what happened to them?

There was Humphrey, a curmudgeon from Russia; there was the charming but tempestuous Sarah, originally from Kenya; and there was Venn, the charismatic leader who changed Tooly forever. Until suddenly he disappeared.

Years later, she had lost all hope of ever knowing what had happened. Then, the old mysteries awoke again, sending him – and the reader – on a hunt through time and place, from Wales to Bangkok to New York and Italy, from the 1980s to the year 2000 to the present day, from the end of the cold. War, to the rise and sway of American power, to today’s digital revolution.

Rachman’s first novel was “The Imperfectionists”, published in 2010 by Dial Press, an imprint of Random House. The book has been published in 25 languages. Rachman was born in London, England, and raised in Vancouver, Canada.

Photo: Cover of the Persian edition of Tom Rachman’s novel ‘The Rise & Fall of Great Powers’.


Irene B. Bowles