IBNA- Fantasy novel for young adults, 'The wolf leader' (1857) by renowned French novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas has been translated into Persian and is offered by Iranian bookstores.
With the original French title 'Le Meneur de Loups', the novel has been translated into Persian by Nazanin Arab. Paidayesh Publishing has released 'The wolf leader' in 215 pages and 500 copies.
Le Meneur de Loups is set around 1780 in Dumas' native town of Villers-Cotterêts, and is supposedly based on a local folk-tale Dumas heard as a child. The story concerns Thibault, a shoe-maker, who is beaten by the gamekeeper of the Lord of Vez for interfering with the lord's hunting.
Afterwards he encounters a huge wolf, walking on its hind legs like a man, who offers him vengeance; Thibault may wish harm on any person in return for one of his own hairs for each wish. To seal the agreement, the two exchange rings. As a result of this bargain he also finds himself able to command the local wolves, and hence gradually gains the reputation of being a werewolf.
Thibault's first two wishes kill the gamekeeper and injure the Lord of Vez. The wishes turn two hairs on his head long and red, as do his subsequent ones, which, though equally successful, also backfire against him in unexpected ways, leaving him scorned and hated by others in his community...
The works of Duma have been translated into nearly 100 languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials, including ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’, ‘The Three Musketeers’, ‘Twenty Years After’, and ‘The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later’. His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films.
Dumas' last novel, ‘The Knight of Sainte-Hermine’, unfinished at his death, was completed by a scholar and published in 2005, becoming a bestseller. It was published in English in 2008 as ‘The Last Cavalier’.