Michael Arditti is absorbed by an intellectual thriller Pereira Maintains. Antonio Tabucchi’s novel of a quiet Lisbon man’s political awakening amid the rise of fascism in Europe was first published in Italy in and. The official site of Jeanette Winterson. Page about Antonio Tabucchi – Pereira Maintains.

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Several other characters are similar stand-ins for Pereira’s conscience: But he has a photograph of his dead wife, and that is all he needs, he tells himself. The spa directors believe in working with his mind as well as his body despite resistance from Pereira. When do you tabuccchi it?

Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi, tr by Patrick Creagh: review – Telegraph

Christian conscience can be a strange thing. The rest reminded me of The Confederacy of Dunces written by Cesar Aria, with a slight spare yet cheerful Italian touch of someone maybe like Dino Buzzati, with s-era slang translated from the original to British as in Berlin Alexanderplatzwhich also condenses its dialogue into dense blocks. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Or probably, his life is so boring that he just wants to have somebody to talk to or to break his everyday routine.

A escrita deste pequeno romance caracteriza-se pela fluidez e pela linearidade do fio narrativo. An impressive, moral book, accomplishing a great deal without hammering home any message too hard. Patrick Creagh, who is responsible for translating this novel, deserves this compliment, almost always. Email required Address never made public.

It’s also a tribute pereir the brave man ready to risk own life to protest against the evil and power of an insane ideology; the lereira is going on inin the shadow of Nazi activities in Spain and Italy. Its brevity gave the novel a lightness that counterbalanced the weight of its subject matter. It could be the books. Buy the selected items together This item: The book’s brevity makes for a breathless drama enacted before us almost in silence.


By the time most readers have completed its 25 brief chapters they may well feel that they know the place Lisbon and the time July and August, in which it’s set as if they’d experienced them first-hand.

All of the information is provided by Pereira who is selective and has his own biases. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The end is not as clear as either of these two reviewers suggest — possibly they are correct, but there seems no certainty either way or some other way.

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Am beginning to wonder whether I should only read novellas this year. But more than a brilliant character study, Pereira Maintains also contains a tightly-plotted narrative involving political intrigue and life-and-death decisions made by the protagonist, who at first considers himself far removed from the insidious forces shaping his country under the dictatorship of Salazar.

Pereira goes to a seaweed spa for his health, and meets in the figure of Yabucchi Cardoso the first person since his dead wife who is able to talk to Pereira about what things matter in life. It so happens that during that period he meets two idealistic anarchist youngsters, and his life and his worldview are turned upside maintanis.

I got up the next morning at the invigorating slant of the sunshine and wa It was one of those days when I had a good meal; the fresh herbs, the right tabbucchi, the approachable variety, the generous portions, the nice host. He edits the culture pages of a minor newspaper — The Lisboa, and all he wants in the summer of is to avoid the heat, ignore politics, and tqbucchi a little weight.

His thoughts turn to death, so that an article in a literary journal which consists of an extract from a dissertation on the subject of death catches his eye. Pereira Maintains is not only the title of the novel but its first and last phrase, as well as one that recurs at regular intervals maintqins the book.


Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi – review

Pereira finds himself unwittingly or willingly involved with the young couple and starts helping them, triggering a series of symbolic events which make him rethink his entire existence and put his sense of justice to the limit.

MartaPereiraMonteiro Rossi. The Book of Disquiet: El Mundo in Spanish. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here And I remember I am reviewing a book, a rather interesting novella about Dr.

Our hero is an anti-hero, languishing in the past out of sadness for the death of his wife and an undefined need for repentance. The narrative is simple and the tone of the narrator is calm, if a little tongue-in-cheek. A perfect little book!

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He seems to never stop exploring although witnessing this is near impossible. When the eponymous protagonist, an elderly and overweight journalist, confides each day in the photograph of his dead wife, I experienced their relationship as a living thing.

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What he finds, however, is that the slightest human contact is political. Over and over again it is repeated that Pereira maintains as he tells, sticks to his his story. This slim novel is set in the summer ofin fascist Portugal. He said, half jokingly.