From the author of The Italian Teacher, this acclaimed debut novel set in Rome follows the topsy-turvy lives of the denizens of an English language newspaper.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY 
Janet Maslin, The New York Times • The Economist • NPR • Slate • The Christian Science Monitor • Financial Times • The Plain Dealer • Minneapolis Star Tribune • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Kansas City Star • The Globe and Mail • Publishers Weekly
 
Look in the back of the book for a conversation between Tom Rachman and Malcolm Gladwell

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.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NPR • The Seattle Times • The Globe and Mail • Kirkus Reviews • Daily Mail • The Vancouver Sun

From the author of The Italian Teacher and The Imperfectionists comes a brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past.

Look in the back of the book for a conversation between Tom Rachman and J. R. Moehringer

Following one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years, New York Times bestselling author Tom Rachman returns with a brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past.
 
Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still.
 
Taken from home as a girl, Tooly found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors? Why did they take her? What did they really want? There was Humphrey, the curmudgeonly Russian with a passion for reading; there was the charming but tempestuous Sarah, who sowed chaos in her wake; and there was Venn, the charismatic leader whose worldview transformed Tooly forever. Until, quite suddenly, he disappeared.
 
Years later, Tooly believes she will never understand the true story of her own life. Then startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend in New York, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search of answers.
 
Tom Rachman—an author celebrated for humanity, humor, and wonderful characters—has produced a stunning novel that reveals the tale not just of one woman but of the past quarter-century as well, from the end of the Cold War to the dominance of American empire to the digital revolution of today. Leaping between decades, and from Bangkok to Brooklyn, this is a breathtaking novel about long-buried secrets and how we must choose to make our own place in the world. It will confirm Rachman’s reputation as one of the most exciting young writers we have.

Praise for The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

“Ingenious . . . Rachman needs only a few well-drawn characters to fill a large canvas and an impressive swath of history.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
“A superb follow-up to 2010’s The Imperfectionists . . . ambitious and engaging.”—The Seattle Times
 
“Engaging and inventive . . . full of wonderfully quirky, deeply flawed, but lovable characters . . . On the spectrum of interesting literary childhoods, Tooly Zylberberg—the protagonist of Tom Rachman’s second novel—would rank somewhere in the vicinity of Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“I found it impossible not to fall in love with shape-shifting Tooly. As an adult, she sports an ironical sense of humor and an attraction to dusty old books. As a child, her straight-faced mirth and wordplay are break-your-heart irresistible.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
 
“[A] read-it-all-in-one-weekend book.”—The New Republic
 
“A compelling page-turner . . . intricate, sprawling, and almost Dickensian.”—USA Today
De ufuldkomne er en fascinerende, original og rørende historie, der strækker sig over mere end halvtreds år, om en engelsksproget avis, der blev grundlagt i Rom af en amerikansk millionær efter 2. verdenskrig. Rachman portrætterer tidens hengivne journalister, avisens excentriske ejere og en meget loyal læser. Der er gået halvtreds år, siden avisen blev grundlagt af en gådefuld rigmand. I redaktionenens nedslidte lokaler med plettede gulvtæpper og skrammede møbler forekommer de ansatts interne stridigheder og personlige dramaer meget højere på dagsordenen end avisens deadlines. Kathleen, den dominerende og benhårde redaktionschef, lider i sit åbne ægteskab; Arthur, den luddovne journalist som henslæber sit arbejdsliv medat skrive nekrologer, får sin tilværelse, vendt op og ned efter en stor tragedie; Abbey, den kampberedte regnskabschef, erfarer, at nedskæringerne af personalet og hendes eget kærlighedsliv på overraskende vis hænger sammen. Ude i marken er en gammel freelance-rotte i faget villig til at gå endog meget langt for at få sin næste historie. Og i skyggerne af det hele lever den unge, isolerede ejeraf avisen, som viser langt større interesse for sin højt værdsatte bassethund, Schopenhauer, end for familiens avis.Hvert kapitel handler om en ny person på redaktionen gennem tiden, og tilsammen udgør de et forrygende og fuldstændigt sammenhængende hele.Romanen er inspireret af forfatterens egen tid på International Herald Tribune. De ufuldkomne er solgt til udgivelse i 22 lande. Anmeldelse: ****** Ikke bare den bedste debutroman i mands minde, men også den bedste bog, jeg har læst i lange, lange tider. (...) Det er svimlende godt skruet sammen.
Tooly Zylberberg, en ung amerikansk kvinde, ejer en gammel nedslidt boghandel langt ude på landet i Wales. Hendes liv er fyldt med bøger og litteratur, men kun ganske få mennesker. Bøger er bedre selskab og langt at foretrække frem for mennesker. Bøger stiller ikke nærgående spørgsmål, og Tooly foretrækker ikke at tale om sin mystiske og foruroligende barndom. Tooly bliver som lille pige kidnappet fra sit hjem og rejser verden tynd med en gruppe karismatiske svindlere. Men hvem er disse mennesker, hvorfor har de stjålet hende, og hvad er det egentlig, de vil? Humpfrey, den russiske gnavpotte med den store kærlighed til bøger, den charmerende og lidenskabelige Sarah. Og så er der Venn, den karismatiske leder af gruppen, hvis verdenssyn forandrer Tooly for bestandigt. Lige indtil den dag, hvor han pludselig forsvinder sporløst. Som årene går forliger Tooly sig med tanken om, at hun nok aldrig finder ud af sandheden om sin fortid, men en dag modtager hun en foruroligende mail fra en tidligere kæreste, som ripper op i gamle sår, skaber endnu flere spørgsmål og sender hende afsted på en lang rejse i søgen eftersvar. Om forfatteren: Tom Rachman er født i London og opvokset i Vancouver. Han er uddannet fra University of Toronto og Colombia School of Journalism. Han har været udenrigskorrespondent for Asssociated Press i Rom og redaktør på International Herald Tribune i Paris. Han bor i London. Tom Rachman fik et stort gennembrud med sin debutroman De Ufuldkomne, som fik exceptionelt gode anmeldelser verden over og solgte i milliontal. www.tomrachman.com
Pinch miał przywilej i nieszczęście urodzić się jako syn geniusza. Jego ojciec, narcystyczny malarz Bear Bavinsky, ostatni amerykański klasyk, ma w życiu tylko jeden cel: umieścić swoje obrazy w najważniejszych muzeach świata.

Mistrz obserwacji Bear rzadko dostrzega własnego syna. Życie Pincha to ciągła walka o uwagę ojca i własną niezależność. Ale czy artysta, który dla sztuki poświęca bliskich, a do tego ma szesnaścioro dzieci rozrzuconych po świecie, potrafi kochać i doceniać innych?

Co dostajemy w spadku po własnych rodzicach?

Jak w dorosłym życiu pozbyć się cienia, w którym dorastało się w dzieciństwie?


Skomponowana niczym najlepsze dzieła malarskie, inspirowana życiem Picassa powieść dla fanów twórczości Johna Irvinga. Sorrentinowski Rzym lat sześćdziesiątych, wielka sztuka i jeszcze większe emocje. Literacki fenomen.


Tom Rachman – brytyjski pisarz i dziennikarz. Jego debiut, Niedoskonali, został znakomicie przyjęty przez krytykę i nazwany „czarującym portretem ludzkich słabości” („The New York Times Book Review”).


Włoski nauczyciel to zadziwiająca i poruszająca powieść o sztuce, rodzinie, lojalności i o tym, co to znaczy być autentycznym. Tom Rachman jest niesamowicie zdolnym pisarzem. Ta książka żyje – od pierwszej do ostatniej strony.

Tom Perrotta, autor Pozostawionych


Tom Rachman pisze doskonale, z ciepłą, subtelną wyrozumiałością wobec ludzkich zachowań, co jednak nie przeszkadza mu w ich bezlitosnej obserwacji.

„The New Yorker”


Wciągająca i błyskotliwa. Autor perfekcyjnie kontroluje materię literacką, przyciąga łagodnym humorem. Włoski nauczyciel to psychologicznie zniuansowana przyjemność.

„The New York Times Book Review”


Ołówki do kosza, pędzle w dłonie! Rachman przekracza ramy tradycyjnej powieści, by stworzyć głęboki portret relacji syna i ojca.

„Vanity Fair”




Důmyslný román o mladé ženě, která cestuje po světě, aby pochopila svou záhadnou minulost.

Tooly Zylberbergová je Američanka a majitelka malého knihkupectví na velšském venkově. Neustále čte, neboť mezi knihami se cítí bezpečněji než mezi lidmi, kteří by se jí mohli vyptávat na její život. Ona sama by se o jistých událostech, jež prožila v dětství, totiž raději vůbec nezmiňovala. V devíti letech ji unesla podivná skupina lidí s kriminálním pozadím, s nimiž procestovala Asii, Evropu i Spojené státy. Ale kdo byli její únosci? Proč vzali právě ji? O co jim doopravdy šlo?

K únoscům patřil ruský skrblík a vášnivý čtenář Humphrey; půvabná, ale výbušná a nestálá Sarah a samozřejmě Venn, charismatický vůdce celé skupiny, jehož pohled na svět zanechal v Tooly nesmazatelnou stopu. Jednoho dne jí však Venn svázal tkaničky u tenisek a zmizel.

O několik let později už Tooly nevěří, že by někdy zjistila pravdu o svém životě. Avšak když se jí jednou z New Yorku po letech ozve bývalý přítel, dozví se překvapivé zprávy o tajemné minulosti a vydá se na cestu kolem světa, aby našla odpovědi na své otázky.

Nejlepší kniha roku 2014 podle:
The Daily Mail, National Public Radio, The Globe and Mail, Kirkus Reviews, The Vancouver Sun, The Seattle Times

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Tohle je kniha pro knihomoly a milovníky skvělé prózy, kniha, kterou zhltnete za jediný víkend. - THE NEW REPUBLIC

Rachmanův druhý román je skvělá skládačka, překlenující čtvrt století, jejíž dílky jsou roztroušené po celém světě.- The Guardian

Stejně jako v románu Imperfekcionisté si Rachman vystačí s několika dobře vykreslenými postavami, kolem nichž se rozvíjí celý příběh, a s působivým výřezem historie. - New York Times

Vzestup a pád mocností má všechno, co má klasika mít — zajímavé a jedinečné postavy, přesvědčivý příběh a laserově ostrý pohled na lidstvo. - The Vancouver Sun
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NPR • The Seattle Times • The Globe and Mail • Kirkus Reviews • Daily Mail • The Vancouver Sun

From the author of The Italian Teacher and The Imperfectionists comes a brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past.
 
Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still.
 
Taken from home as a girl, Tooly found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors? Why did they take her? What did they really want? There was Humphrey, the curmudgeonly Russian with a passion for reading; there was the charming but tempestuous Sarah, who sowed chaos in her wake; and there was Venn, the charismatic leader whose worldview transformed Tooly forever. Until, quite suddenly, he disappeared.
 
Years later, Tooly believes she will never understand the true story of her own life. Then startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend in New York, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search of answers.
 
Tom Rachman—an author celebrated for humanity, humor, and wonderful characters—has produced a stunning novel that reveals the tale not just of one woman but of the past quarter-century as well, from the end of the Cold War to the dominance of American empire to the digital revolution of today. Leaping between decades, and from Bangkok to Brooklyn, this is a breathtaking novel about long-buried secrets and how we must choose to make our own place in the world. It will confirm Rachman’s reputation as one of the most exciting young writers we have.

Praise for The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

“Ingenious . . . Rachman needs only a few well-drawn characters to fill a large canvas and an impressive swath of history.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
“A superb follow-up to 2010’s The Imperfectionists . . . ambitious and engaging.”—The Seattle Times
 
“Engaging and inventive . . . full of wonderfully quirky, deeply flawed, but lovable characters . . . On the spectrum of interesting literary childhoods, Tooly Zylberberg—the protagonist of Tom Rachman’s second novel—would rank somewhere in the vicinity of Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“I found it impossible not to fall in love with shape-shifting Tooly. As an adult, she sports an ironical sense of humor and an attraction to dusty old books. As a child, her straight-faced mirth and wordplay are break-your-heart irresistible.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
 
“[A] read-it-all-in-one-weekend book.”—The New Republic
 
“A compelling page-turner . . . intricate, sprawling, and almost Dickensian.”—USA Today
 
“Rachman’s comedic powers drive the story, with grace and wit.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
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