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Sostiene Pereira (La strega e il capitano) (Italian) Paperback – 1 Jan 1994

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  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Feltrinelli Traveller (1994)
  • Language: Italian
  • ISBN-10: 8807014610
  • ISBN-13: 978-8807014611
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,848,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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214pp , I narratori , In Italian ABOUT THE AUTHOR : Antonio Tabucchi (Pisa , September 24, 1943 - Lisbon, March 25, 2012 ) 1 was an Italian writer , professor of Portuguese Language and Literature, among others, at the University of Siena. He lived in Tuscany and Portugal.Visceralmente love with Portugal, was the most knowledgeable , Italian critic and translator of Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa. Tabucchi met Pessoa 's work in the sixties , at the Sorbonne , fascinated him so that on his return to Italy attended Portuguese classes to better understand the poet. His books have been translated into eighteen countries. With Maria José of Lancaster , his wife , translated into Italian many works of Pessoa. He also wrote a book of essays and a theatrical comedy about him. He won the French prize " Médicis étranger " for his novel Notturno Indiano and the Campiello prize of Pereira . Some of his best known books are Notturno Indiano, Piccoli equivoci senza importanza , A pieno di Baule people, Gli ultimi tre giorni di Fernando Pessoa, Pereira Declares , La testa di Damasceno Monteiro perduta and Si sta semper più facendo tardi . Several of his books have been made into movies , among which maintains Pereira, where Marcello Mastroianni out in one of his last performances , in 1995 , only a year before his death . In 2004 he received Spain 's Francisco Cerecedo Prize for Journalism .


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I am an Italian learner and from this perspective the book is useful. The language is clear. Tabucchi writes in a concise and simple style. That is really why I have allocated 3 stars. But I struggled to get involved in the book. The book is set in Portugal under dictatorship whilst Spain is in civil war and Germany war mongering. The main character, Pereira, is a poor soul who lost his wife and has no children because when she was alive she was always sick. He misses his wife and continues to talk to a picture of her. He therefore evokes sympathy. But I didn't care for any other character. When Pereira helps a young man who is politically involved and begins to feel fatherly towards him, it is a real struggle to understand why since he is flimsy character with an unappealing girlfriend. The plot drifts along and while it all makes sense in the end, the author really does take his time getting there and he spends an awful lot of time describing what the main character eats and drinks and rather mundane aspects of life. I felt as if I really should have liked this book but really couldn't get into it.
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As the reviews of the english translation describe, this is a subtle and compelling book. The political situation in Lisbon in 1938 is seen through the eyes of Pereira and the reality is gradually revealed as his consciousness is awakened. The story builds to an effective and shocking climax.

Although this is a masterpiece of 20th century Italian literature, it is written in clear and straightforward prose and anyone with roughly an A level standard of Italian should find it fairly easy to read without too much recourse to a dictionary. (I tried to write this review in Italian but dealing with accents became too difficult!)
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HASH(0x94fe3c9c) out of 5 stars Great Read 18 Aug. 2013
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I have been studying Italian for the past 2 years, and this is the first full novel that
I read in that language. I found the prose very clear and understandable. On top of
that, it is a story that captured my interest. Very well written.
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HASH(0x8d912528) out of 5 stars A beautiful and interesting story. 30 Dec. 2014
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I had no idea what this book would be about so I was perplexed by the beginning, but engaged. The narrative really transforms and by the ending you will be very moved.

It is a very beautiful story, written with a very humorous and interesting style ("sostiene di aver dicho Pereira...") based on a true story.
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