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Requiem: A Hallucination (New Directions Paperbook) [Paperback]

Antonio Tabucchi , M. J. Costa
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22 Dec 2005 New Directions Paperbook
It is a boiling hot July day in Lisbon. Being a Sunday, most of the population has gone to the beach, leaving the narrator with the whole day to kill before he goes to meet a friend on a quay by the Tagus. Tabucchi is the author of "Indian Nocturne" and "Little Misunderstandings of No Importance".
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation; Reprint edition (22 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811215172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811215176
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I took this book away as holiday reading and totally lost myself in the world created within the pages. It is beautifully written as it meanders through the bizarre day of meetings. Read it and lose yourself, then read it again to find the deatils you missed the first time through. I can't wait to read more of Tabucchi's work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical but underwhelming short fiction 11 Aug 2013
By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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'Requiem' is subtitled 'A Hallucination', and certainly its logic is that of the dream, the reverie, and intoxication. The narrator, apparently unmoored in time, makes his way through a Lisbon that seems to be populated by the dead and the fictional, guided only by his memory and tethered ultimately to a midnight appointment with the shade of a deceased writer - unnamed, but understood to be Fernando Pessoa, the most significant Portuguese writer of the twentieth century and a consummate artist of divided identity, nostalgia and regret. As he drifts towards this meeting, the protagonist eats, sleeps and drinks in the company of a variety of characters who together form a composite portrait of the author's experience of Portugal through the filter of his fascination with Pessoa.

This short novel has received largely positive notices since its appearance in 1991 (the translation by Margaret Jull Costa dates from 1994). I found it diffuse and rather underwhelming in its combination of fiction, fantasy, cookbook - the book is full of Portuguese regional recipes - and autobiography. The Italian Tabucchi clearly loves his adopted Portugal and knows his Pessoa, but this novel feels emotionally underpowered - a fault in a book that is held together only by mood - and the games that Tabucchi plays with identity and time seem thinly motivated. Still worth reading: but the uncommitted may wonder what the fuss is about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant... 17 Feb 2014
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a fascinating read that takes you out of the humdrum of everyday life [endless rain, debt and the rest]. I don't know much about portuguese life and culture, but now am drawn to discover more; also Antonio Tabucchi writes like no-one else - try it and see!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An incredible journey throug Lisbon and authors Unconcius 23 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book suplies a very rich mix of portuguese culture, Lisbon City and a strugle of a narator to find meanings in his subconcient. The author takes the reader in a journey thoug Lisbon and at the same time in a journey to his memories, doubts and feelings, meeting people from his past, and characters that represent parts of him self, like the "seller of stories". All of wich is seasoned by the narrators love of the food of Portugal. Finally he gets to confront some realy important characters in his unconcient and ends up arguing whiht who we can supose to be Fernando Pessoa -a poet- or Sigmund Freud -a Psychiatrist- Reading this book gives me the feeling that the best things in life are the simple things, not meaning that all the rest must not be dealt with. If you like stories abuot the inside world of characters, you wil ask yourself how could so much be put in few pages, and at the same time be a special 'travel giude` to Lisbon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life is a dream 8 Dec 2001
By Doug Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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The lightness of Tabucchi's Requiem makes it a very easy book to like. It helps to be at least a little bit familiar with the Portugese poet and author Fernando Pessoa who is the figure Tabucchi is to meet. The novella is very short (107 pages but lots of chapters so lots of white space and big print) and really more on the amusing than philosophical side. The little conversations read like little asides but soon one realizes that is what the book is, a little aside. There are some amusing references made about modern literature that could very well apply to the book we are reading and also a very interesting reference to a story written that later came true(a kind of mini meditation on how fact and fiction mimic each other or follow the same laws, the same could be said for life and dreams) but the book purposely stays on the surface of things. Food is the real center of the book. That is the most substantial and sustaining ritual at the heart of life, at least that apsect of life that is most real it seems to Tabucchi. So the books pages pass, each meeting a chance for conversations and most of the conversations are just small talk. Kind of like life. It is clear the events are all dreamed and so Tabucchi is free to talk to both friends and relations living and dead. But they say the same kinds of things to each other in the dream world that they did in real life. And the dream world is little different than the real world. That is the charm of the book. Life is a dream, so eat.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One way to quiet one's ghosts 9 Aug 2000
By M. J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Requiem: A Hallucination is a book in which the narrator is obviously a persona of the author. The action takes place within a single day - the action being a dream, an hallucination of the narrator. The narrator is introduced as he is annoyed that the person he is to meet has missed their appointment at 12 noon - only to realize that 12 to a ghost is more likely midnight. The person he is to meet is not explicitly identified but is most likely the poet Pessoa.
The narrative then covers the time until the midnight meeting. In this time the narrator meets a drug addict in the park, a seller of lottery tickets, a gypsy who reads his fortune, a dead friend, a madame of an unsavory hotel, his deceased father, a barkeeper, a painter of details from the Temptation of St. Anthony, a lighthouse keeper's wife who is caretaker for a house in which he once lived, a former lover, a seller of stories, and finally the intended guest. Along the way one gathers recipes, literary history, a bit of philosophy ...
I highly recommend this book; it is an excellent text to first encounter Tabucchi.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is a dream 8 Dec 2001
By Doug Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The lightness of Tabucchi's Requiem makes it a very easy book to like. It helps to be at least a little bit familiar with the Portugese poet and author Fernando Pessoa who is the figure Tabucchi is to meet. The novella is very short (107 pages but lots of chapters so lots of white space and big print) and really more on the amusing than philosophical side. The little conversations read like little asides but soon one realizes that is what the book is, a little aside. There are some amusing references made about modern literature that could very well apply to the book we are reading and also a very interesting reference to a story written that later came true(a kind of mini meditation on how fact and fiction mimic each other or follow the same laws, the same could be said for life and dreams) but the book purposely stays on the surface of things. Food is the real center of the book. That is the most substantial and sustaining ritual at the heart of life, at least that apsect of life that is most real it seems to Tabucchi. So the books pages pass, each meeting a chance for conversations and most of the conversations are just small talk. Kind of like life. It is clear the events are all dreamed and so Tabucchi is free to talk to both friends and relations living and dead. But they say the same kinds of things to each other in the dream world that they did in real life. And the dream world is little different than the real world. That is the charm of the book. Life is a dream, so eat.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A wispy love letter to Lisbon with an encounter with the ghost of Pessoa 28 Aug 2010
By Stephen O. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Antonio Tabucchi (born in 1943 in Pisa) was Italian cultural consul in Lisbon, lives there half the year, and teaches Portuguese Literature at the University of Siena the other half of the year. I greatly admire his 1994 novel "Periera Declares" won the Aristeion European Literature Prize.

Tabucchi wrote the novella "Requiem," subtitled "A Hallucination," in Portuguese. It involves a reverie-filled day by an aging writer not unlike Tabucchi that involves visiting a graveyard, a bordello, a crumbling mansion on the Caiscais coast, and culminates in a meal with the ghost of a poet who can only be Fernando Pessoa, the towering figure of 20th-century literature whom Tabucchi has translated and written about (with his Portuguese wife).

The text of "Requiem" occupies only 90 pages (plus three pages providing detail on the many Portuguese dishes mentioned in the text). I don't regret the small amount of time I spent reading the book, though "Periera Declares," which I can heartily recommend for characterization, plotting, and subject matter.
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