IBNA- The debut novel, 'The Comforters' by Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist Muriel Spark (1918-2006) has been translated into Persian and published.
In this work, Muriel Spark drew on experiences as a recent convert to Catholicism and having suffered hallucinations due to using Dexedrine, an amphetamine then available over the counter for dieting. It has been translated into Persian by Shima Elahi. No Publishing has released 'The Comforters' in 247 pages.
The central character of the book is Caroline Rose, a novelist recently converted to Catholicism. On returning from a retreat, she starts hearing voices and the sound of a typewriter. The words she hears seem to coincide exactly with her own thoughts. Meanwhile her boyfriend Laurence, who has been staying with his grandmother in Sussex, discovers that the older woman is involved in smuggling, baking diamonds into loaves of bread.
As Muriel Spark recounts in her memoir Curriculum Vitae, the title is taken from the Biblical story "The comforters of Job." Spark, a Catholic convert, had recently taken instruction and believed that the Comforters were really demons whose intention was to pour salt into Job's wounds. The idea for the plot came to Spark after a serious mental breakdown, during which she believed that there were secret word game style codes in the poems of TS Eliot. She became so convinced by this that she would spend night after night encoding.
With easy, sunny eeriness, Spark lights up the darkest things: blackmail, a drowning, nervous breakdowns, a ring of smugglers, a loathsome busybody, a diabolic bookseller, human evil.
Muriel Spark was a prolific Scottish novelist, short story writer, and poet whose darkly comedic voice made her one of the most distinctive writers of the twentieth century. Spark grew up in Edinburgh and worked as a department store secretary, writer for trade magazines, and literary editor before publishing her first novel in 1957. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), considered her masterpiece, was made into a stage play, a TV series, and a film. Spark became a Dame of the British Empire in 1993.