Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman's wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English language newspaper as they struggle to keep it - and themselves - afloat. Fifty years and many changes have ensued since the paper was founded by an enigmatic millionaire, and now, amid the stained carpeting and dingy office furniture, the staff's personal dramas seem far more important than the daily headlines. Kathleen, the imperious editor in chief, is smarting from a betrayal in her open marriage; Arthur, the lazy obituary writer, is transformed by a personal tragedy; Abby, the embattled financial officer, discovers that her job cuts and her love life are intertwined in a most unexpected way. Out in the field, a veteran Paris freelancer goes to desperate lengths for his next byline, while the new Cairo stringer is mercilessly manipulated by an outrageous war correspondent with an outsize ego. And in the shadows is the isolated young publisher who pays more attention to his prized basset hound, Schopenhauer, than to the fate of his family's quirky newspaper. As the era of print news gives way to the Internet age and this imperfect crew stumbles toward an uncertain future, the paper's rich history is revealed, including the surprising truth about its founder's intentions. Spirited, moving, and highly original, The Imperfectionists will establish Tom Rachman as one of our most perceptive, assured literary talents.
'A precise, playful fiction with a deep but lightly worn intelligence' Times Literary Supplement. Times Literary Supplement
Tom Rachman, geb. 1974 in London, wuchs in Vancouver auf. Nach dem Studium arbeitete er als Auslandskorrespondent für die Associated Press (Rom), seit 2006 als Redakteur der International Herald Tribune in Paris. Sein erster Roman, 'The Imperfectionists', wurde in zehn Ländern zeitgleich veröffentlicht. In den USA erhielt das Buch einen der höchsten Vorschüsse, die in den vergangenen zehn Jahren für ein Debüt bezahlt wurden. Tom Rachman lebt in London und Rom.