Iranian bookstores offer “The Man Who Loved Books Too Much” 

April 23, 2021 - 21:30

TEHRAN-“The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession” by American author Allison Hoover Bartlett has recently been published in Persian by Saless Publications in Tehran. 

The book has been rendered into Persian by Mojtaba Veisi. 

The book is the true story of an infamous book thief, his victims, and the man determined to catch him.

Rare-book theft is even more widespread than fine-art theft. Most thieves, of course, steal for profit. John Charles Gilkey steals purely for the love of books. In an attempt to understand him better, journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett plunged herself into the world of book lust and discovered just how dangerous it can be.

John Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of rare books from book fairs, stores, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed "bibliodick" (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him. Bartlett befriended both outlandish characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure. With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, she has woven this entertaining cat-and-mouse chase into a narrative that not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes, where he stashed the loot, and how Sanders ultimately caught him but also explores the romance of books, the lure to collect them, and the temptation to steal them. Immersing the reader in a rich, wide world of literary obsession, Bartlett looks at the history of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages, to examine the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love.

Photo: Front cover of the Persian version of “The Man Who Loved Books Too Much” by American author Allison Hoover Bartlett.

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