IBNA- ‘I'm Thinking of Ending Things: A Novel ’ by Canadian debut novelist Iain Reid which is a psychological thriller and horror fiction has been published in Persian and is available at Iranian bookstores.
The novel which was adapted into a film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman and released by Netflix in 2020, has been translated into Persian by Kourosh Salimzadeh who believes that Kaufman has turned a beautiful and instructive story into a tedious and critical statement about American society and culture failing to to render the final third part of the work into film language. Cheshmeh Publishing in Tehran has released this novel in 224 pages.
Synopsis of ‘I'm Thinking of Ending Things’ reads: “A man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm. When the two take an unexpected detour, she is left stranded in a deserted high school, wondering if there is any escape at all. What follows is a twisted unraveling that will haunt the reader long after the last page is turned.”
Library Journal writes on the book: “In this “dark and compelling…unputdownable” literary thriller, Iain Reid explores the depths of the human psyche, questioning consciousness, free will, the value of relationships, fear, and the limitations of solitude.
Reminiscent of Jose Saramago’s early work, Michel Faber’s cult classic ‘Under the Skin’, and Lionel Shriver’s ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’, ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ is an edgy, haunting debut. Tense, gripping, and atmospheric, this novel “packs a big psychological punch with a twisty storyline and an ending that will leave readers breathless”
Excerpt from the novel:
“Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It dominates. There’s not much I can do about it. Trust me. It doesn’t go away. It’s there whether I like it or not. It’s there when I eat. When I go to bed. It’s there when I sleep. It’s there when I wake up. It’s always there. Always.
I haven’t been thinking about it for long. The idea is new. But it feels old at the same time. When did it start? What if this thought wasn’t conceived by me but planted in my mind, predeveloped? Is an unspoken idea unoriginal? Maybe I’ve actually known all along. Maybe this is how it was always going to end.
Jake once said, “Sometimes a thought is closer to truth, to reality, than an action. You can say anything, you can do anything, but you can’t fake a thought.”
You can’t fake a thought. And this is what I’m thinking.
It worries me. It really does. Maybe I should have known how it was going to end for us. Maybe the end was written right from the beginning."