‘The Elevator’, a novel by French writer Frédéric Dard has been published in Iran. The work was rendered into Persian by Abbas Aghahi.
IBNA: The detective novel was chosen by the Iranian translator from a collection of 300 works written by the French writer.
San Antonio is a pen-name of the French author Frédéric Dard (1921-2000) who is noted for his tremendous productivity – he wrote more than 300 novels throughout his career and sold more than 270 million books. Frédéric Dard was one of the most famous French crime novel writers in the second half of the 20th century.
Before his devotion to writing, Frédéric Dard worked as a journalist in various magazines and newspapers. In 1949 was published his first book – ‘Settle His Hash’ - under the pen-name San Antonio (San-Antonio is both – the main character and the author's pseudonym.) By then till his death, under the pseudonym San Antonio, Dard wrote 145 novels.
Written in a classical crime novel style at the beginning in the 50's, San Antonio's stories became more satirical by the beginning of the 60's and left the strict format of the crime novel literature. The style is full of French slang and new words coined by the author himself, which makes it quite difficult for non-native speakers.