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By Tom Rachman   May 2010

Tom Rachman was born in London and raised in Vancouver. He has been a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, stationed in Rome, and worked as an editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. This is an edited extract from his debut novel, The Imperfectionists, which is set at an English-language newspaper in Rome.

“Working in an office, you may spend hours a day beside the same colleague,” he told Prospect. “I wanted to follow my characters out of the office, away from the striving and disappointment of the workplace. I wanted to sneak into their homes, to…

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