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  • 176 pages
  • Sostiene Pereira
  • Antonio Tabucchi
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  • 02 February 2016

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  1. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    It’s 1938 the time of the Spanish Civil War Fascism under Franco of Spain is creeping into neighboring Portugal as well under its dictator Salazar A kosher meat shop the main character freuents is vandalized by fascist thugs Pereira our main character is a journalist having his mid life crisis His wife died a few years ago and he regrets that they never had children He’s aging lonely overweight He writes about art and literature and seems so disconnected from the political winds that a couple of friends one a priest tell him “stop living in another world; go out and see what’s happening all around you” At night he tells his wife’s photo about his day and asks her opinion about thingsKind of accidentally he starts to get politically active in a big way He hires a young man as an assistant who is assisting anti fascist forces in Spain and trying to recruit Portuguese to fight He has a beautiful girlfriend and a male friend who makes fake passports The journalist reads the political writings of the assistant which he knows he can’t publish because of Portuguese censorship But he starts helping them out by giving them money and housing them when they are running from the law He sees the son he did not have in the idealistic young man and the beautiful daring girlfriend doesn’t hurt the cause either Inevitably one night the Portuguese secret police come knocking and turn his world upside down I liked this passage “Philosophy appears to concern itself only with the truth but perhaps expresses only fantasies while literature appears to concern itself only with fantasies but perhaps it expresses the truth”And this response from his friend the priest after Pereira says he wants to make confession the next time he visits “You don’t need to replied Father Antonio first make sure you commit some sin and then come to me don’t make me waste my time for nothing”I liked the way the heavy duty political theme was interspersed with humor mostly about Pereira’s struggles with his weight and diet Every day he is challenged to get up stairs and hills yet eats rich omelets and drinks eight glasses of lemonade that is half sugar He goes to spas for thalassotherapy seawater and seaweed treatments as if he expects the weight to simply dissolve The spa directors believe in working with his mind as well as his body despite resistance from Pereira “Pretty soon you’ll start talking to your wife’s photograph” he is told Of course we know Pereira already does The book has an interesting background “Pereira declares” is a mantra throughout the book usually at chapter endings But the book has also been translated into English as “Declares Pereira” and “Pereira Maintains” The author is Italian and the book is translated from the Italian but he loved Portuguese culture lived for periods in Portugal and died there He was famous in Italy for translations of Portuguese works into Italian especially the work of Fernando Pessoa This book was made into an Italian movie It’s fairly short 135 pages and held my attention all the way through My thanks to Ian of Scotland for recommending this book to mephoto listening to fado in Portuguese cafe 1930's from genuine tourscom

  2. BlackOxford BlackOxford says:

    Reasons of the HeartGiving unto Caesar is considered by most Christians to be a strict reuirement of citizenship From the payment of taxes to the offering of one’s life in patriotic war one is expected to conform as a Christian duty Established government appears to be divinely sanctioned by the biblical command After all Christianity stands for orderliness in the universe Social chaos is by definition evil And isn’t salvation a purely personal matter?Martin Luther for example divided the world cleanly in two In his interpretation the spiritual had nothing at all to do with the political Modern Evangelicals still view existing law as God given unless of course they take offence at it But mostly middle class Christians simply accept the inevitability of government and its policies and they adopt an attitude of impotent indifference to the resulting suffering usually by the less well off and non Christians Commonly they claim to do so in the name of Christianity itselfSo it was in Salazar’s Portugal during the 1930’s as it was in most of contemporary Europe Fear and hypocrisy combined to create political acceptance even among those who found its oppressive fascism most distasteful And so is it now in Trumpist America Christianity seems to have a natural affinity with monarchs dictators and anyone else who can consolidate power in its Christianity’s interest Occasionally however someone usually a non Christian provokes the dormant conscience of the Christian psyche Pereira Maintains is the story of such a provocation and its conseuencesChristian conscience can be a strange thing The eponymous Pereira feels uncomfortable with the political condition of his country and “ he wanted to repent but didn’t know what he had to repent of he only felt a yearning for repentance as such surely that’s what he meant or perhaps who knows? he simply liked the idea of repentance” Repentance like salvation is a personal thing without social implications The resolution of Pereira’s discomfort he thinks is confession and counsel Political involvement is unthinkablePereira is drawn to memory mainly the reminiscence of his deceased wife But generally he is motivated by the memory of how things used to be the familiar orderliness of past life Unable to live in the past he ignores the reality of the present except within the limited sphere of his own ego his digestion poor the weather hot his job as a journalist satisfying the maintenance of his social isolation from potential threats mainly the government and its network of informers Pereira fervently believes in and desires the resurrection of his soul but not his body The later of course is inherently social and dependent upon other human beings This is hardly an orthodox opinion but it is necessary in order to maintain his detachment from the world What he finds however is that the slightest human contact is political It can’t be helped His soul is part of a “confederation” over which he has no real control and whose connections are matters of the collective heart not the individual will Even mere translation of long dead authors establishes such a bond that is politically dangerousThe entire story is told in the form of a judicial deposition or police interrogation report as suggested by the title It is a narrative prepared by an intermediary ready perhaps for confirmation by the person who has been uestioned The central point of this narrative is stated early on “Philosophy appears to concern itself only with the truth but perhaps expresses only fantasies while literature appears to concern itself only with fantasies but perhaps it expresses the truth” What’s wanting then is only a signature admitting this crime of recognition

  3. Seemita Seemita says:

    It was one of those days when I had a good meal; the fresh herbs the right salt the approachable variety the generous portions the nice host I walked back home with a content smile Upon unlocking the door a whiff of scented potpourri filled my senses and I sunk on my couch thinking 'a day well spent a tummy well fed' I then switched off the lights of the living room and yawned to usher in a good night's sleep I got up the next morning at the invigorating slant of the sunshine and was enveloped by a good feeling My mom called up while I was sipping teaHow was yesterday? We couldn't catch upIt was good mamma A fruitful day at workAnd your dinner? I hope you ate something properI did In fact a good meal at The ZephyrShe didn't wait for me to finish Good meal? Aha So what did you eat away my girl?And I blurted almost the same instant Oh I had a ermm gently crushing my eyelid hang on I think dropping my palms to my lap ah well it was good and that's enough for one outing isn't it mamma?No I am not aiming at your cupcakes And I remember I am reviewing a book a rather interesting novella about Dr Pereira a senior editor of culture page in an evening newspaper of Lisbon of 1930s whose apolitical stand comes under fire when a passionate but troublesome young writer Rossi joins him as an assistant The story was replete with its elements a hesitant awkward yet endearing protagonist his ordinary life whose highlights were hidden in the contours of routine webs a uirky bunch of colleagues and acuaintances whose freuent entries and exits rendered the story a velvet drape of drama a politically charged environment that overshadowed the nascent cultural propagation and a constant waging war between his givings and misgivings I uite liked Pereira's demeanor a wise man on the other side of the age living a life just so he can write about literature and talk about the same to his dead wife's photograph Rossi was a well sketched representation of that aspect of human beings called habit which eventually draws us into the wells that our elders asked us not to peep into lest we fall prey to their bottomless depths The excessive shots of lemonade the chucklesome frown towards the caretaker the impulsive surges of benevolence the devout exercise for change the unexplained reasons of bonding and the adrenaline rush of breaking through they all had a current which when passed through me left me in pleasant uivers But once the current was off for good I no longer contained the firm after effects of the sensory pleasure; just like my meal which although left a good taste in my mouth could not do enough to seal a signature dish or two in my mind long after I had scrubbed the last morsel off the plateFor me the entire experience of witnessing Tabucchi’s Pereira to enact a slice of his life was like sitting in a new class with a moody teacher; there were days when his diction and grasp sparkled with the luminosity of an emerald that refuses to get camouflaged even in the greenest icicles of a dense banyan tree but there were also days when he garbled innocuously in a haphazard gait like an autumn leaf on a gusty evening Such teachers can inspire if they strike us on a ripe day Unfortunately I remained in and out of sync with him with baffled alacrity But on a clear day when the temperature is indulgent and the heart happily asunder spotting the little crevices in the simple plain body of the creation both edible and sensory can be a revelation I maintainA 35 actually

  4. Agnieszka Agnieszka says:

    What a lovely piece of writing it is I really do not want to waste your time that you could devote to read the story itself so I'll try to be brief Like in The Reuiem the previous story by Tabucchi I've read we are in scorching Lisbon again where a chubby mid aged journalist named Pereira every day talking with a photograph of his deceased wife thinks about death soul and resurrection of the body Accidentally having come across on an article written by Monteiro Rossi on impulse engages him to writing occasional obituaries of famous writers and poets happily still alive Pereira maintains that he just wants to be prepared in the event of their death Sounds crazy?Written in a specific form statement or maybe as the publisher suggests an interrogation with repetitive phrase Pereira maintains it is a beautiful and haunting tale about the man who at all costs is trying to avoid politics and troubles and at the same time remain decent man It's also a tribute to the brave man ready to risk own life to protest against the evil and power of an insane ideology; the thing is going on in 1938 in the shadow of Nazi activities in Spain and ItalySomething in Rossi maybe some memory of himself as a young man makes Pereira start to help him But does he finally perform his awakening does his divided soul find the ruling element? Just read it

  5. Manuel Antão Manuel Antão says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full review“ but I feel I must tell you that originally we were Lusitanians and then came the Romans and the Celts and then came the Arabs so what sort of race are we Portuguese in a position to celebrate? The Portuguese Race replied the editor in chief and I am sorry to say Pereira that I don’t like the tone of your objection we are Portuguese we discovered the world we achieved the greatest feats of navigation the world over and when we did this in the 16th century we were already Portuguese that is what we are and that is what you are to celebrate Pereira”In “Pereira Declares” by Antonio TabucchiI read this in a Portuguese translation from the Italian than ten years ago if memory serves me right I haven't come across anything uite like it and I still have a place in my heart for portly perspiring Pereira with his omelets and his uiet but subversive decency This time this wonderful translation by Patrick Creagh just made my dayIn a narrative that does not want a puzzle Tabucchi uses a very similar resource to the one used by Isaac Bashevis Singer that of telling alien stories supposedly collected from conversations with real people and not hiding it in the book's writing “Pereira Declares” is a book that walks slowly seeking to situate the scenario through which the characters walk without extending the descriptions but worried to leave the reader with significant details about the characters as for example the custom of Pereira to take Lemonades and the same path every day Alongside this there is a concern for philosophical discussions or at least the ones that foster deeper reflections One can use as an example both the theory of the confederation of souls and the hegemonic hegemony proposed by Dr Cardoso as well as Pereira's trajectory If you're into Lusitania read on

  6. ·Karen· ·Karen· says:

    Young people they can be a real pain when they play Daft Punk and that is not a randomly capitalized ualifying adjective I mean Daft Punk at a volume level that stuns the snoozing song thrush out the tree or when they turn the night time inner city streets into alcohol fuelled yodelling and technicolour burping festivals Nevertheless they are our stake in the future the next generation that will have to deal with what the previous one left behind whatever kind of a mess that isPereira is no longer young Reminders of his own mortality are knocking hard at his door his heart is not so good high blood pressure he should lose a few pounds since his wife died and left him alone with no other family he's let himself go a little He's not miserable but he is complacent He has a cosy job editor at the Lisbon paper now in charge of the weekly arts page a new rubric which mostly consists of Pereira's own translations of 19th century French classics which deliver him not a little satisfaction and pride The concierge from his apartment block comes in to do the cleaning and leaves him a meal prepared He has built himself a tidy wee nest a corner of the world where he can plod along at what he does no worriesThis cannot last Obviously No sand in the machinery no storyThe hot summer weather makes Pereira all the aware of his physical decline He sweats he is short of breath his heart races 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 He rings the young man who wrote the dissertation Arranges to meet this young man And as he makes his way to their meeting place that warm summer evening in Lisbon it becomes clear that there is another reason why Pereira's rather bland idyll cannot last for this is the summer of 1938 and fascism is sweeping across Europe Even his decision to publish nothing but 19th century French classic tales in his arts section is a form of collusion with a dictatorial regime This is a situation in which it is impossible to remain neutral Those who do not defy the system are collaboratorsIn translucent uiet rhythms Tabucchi sets out each careful tiny step that Pereira takes towards following his heart It is not an easy or sudden transformation Pereira needs help along the way from those good people who challenge his complacency who remind him of his better self who give him permission to change Each tiny step the help along the way Heroism as a joint achievement an act of courage by an individual yes but with many contributorsTension is maintained throughout by the repeated use of the phrase 'Pereira declares' as in a testimony which most vividly suggests a police interrogation The temptation to sneak a look at the last page is almost irresistible Everyone should read this Young old and all of those between Everyone

  7. Dolors Dolors says:

    UPDTAED 2013 August 28th Translated from Catalan to EnglishWhen a book makes you thinkDisguised as an endearing story sweet and juicy as a ripe summer peach “Sostiene Pereira is a novel that will remain in your thoughts for some time after you've turned the last pagePereira is an unusual hero an overweight man of advanced age a lonely widower whose dreams he never reveals a man who talks to the portrait of his deceased wife Pereira works as head of the Cultural Section in the local newspaper Lisboa at the period of increasing oppression of the Salazar regime in the Portugal of the late 30s and despite the obvious internal repression in fascist Europe he is not interested in politicsPereira is naïve or maybe he wants to be He doesn’t want to know what the real situation in Lisbon is like he devotes his own life to literature and he feels contented eating his omelettes aux fines herbs in the bar below the editorial where he works His life is uncomplicated and easy goingBut his peace of mind starts to change when he meets Mario Rossi and his girlfriend Marta a young couple who start talking about terms like justice or revolution 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 limitTabbuchi masters the language in order to evoke the atmosphere of Lisbon in the 30s he writes in a beautiful and simple prose making it impossible to stop reading once you’ve startedDespite it being a short novel the story evolves at a pace that allows you to enjoy the smallest of details a swim in the open ocean during a scorching day in August a disturbing encounter on a train chats about health and literature with a surprisingly open minded Psychologist evoking memories of the sanatorium in “The Magic Mountain by Thomas MannThis novel is about life death and what we do during the time we have been grantedAnd the lesson it is never too late to open your eyes and be courageous and start acting to actually change thingsExciting and melancholicIt’s a book like this one which makes of literature a life changing experience uan un llibre et fa pensarDisfressada d'història entranyable dolça i sucosa com un préssec a ple estiu Sostiene Pereira és una novel·la ue t'acompanyarà durant uns uants dies un cop hagis girat l'última pàginaEn Pereira és un heroi insòlit un senyor d'avançada edat amb sobrepès un vidu solitari ue té somnis ue mai explica i ue parla amb el retrat de la seva esposa ue treballa com a cap de la secció cultural del Lisboa durant l'època de creixent opressió del règim de Salazar a la Portugal de finals dels anys 30 i tot i l'obvietat de la repressió interna i de l'Europa feixista en Pereira no està interessat en políticaEn Pereira és innocent o vol ser ho No vol saber uina és la situació real a Lisboa la seva vida és la literatura i les seves truites a les fines herbes del bar de sota la redaccióTanmateix la seva perspectiva comença a canviar uan coneix en Mario Rossi i la seva nòvia Marta els uals comencen a parlar de termes com justícia i revolució En Pereira es troba ajudant la parella sense voler ho o volent ho i una sèrie de fets simbòlics fan ue es replantegi tota la seva existència i ue s'impliui fins a límits insospitatsEl llenguatge ue utilitza Tabbuchi és ideal per evocar l'atmosfera de la Lisboa dels anys 30 escrit amb una prosa preciosa i senzilla fa ue sigui impossible deixar lo un cop l'has començat Tot i ser una novel·la curta la història evoluciona a un ritme ue et permet assaborir els petits detalls un bany a mar obert durant un dia calorós d'Agost un encontre inuietant en un tren converses sobre la salut i la literatura amb un psicòleg de mentalitat sorprenentment oberta evocant certs records del sanatori de la Muntanya Màgica de Thomas Mann La vida la mort i uè fem durant el temps ue ens ha estat conceditI la lliçó mai és tard per obrir els ulls i per ser valent i actuarEmocionant i melancòlicaAixò és literatura així dóna gust llegir

  8. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    I enjoyed every minute spent with this book It is short and it is presented as a mystery two things I usually avoid Still I ended up loving it exactly as it was You've got a journalist writing the culture section of an evening paper in Lisbon It is 1938 He is apolitical and yet the Spanish Civil War is in full swing and he is a journalist Guernica has happened What will wake him up? Will he wake up? He insists; he is only responsible for the culture page N O T H I N G M O R E He is a widower and alone without kids not even a pet But he has a photograph of his dead wife and that is all he needs he tells himself I am not going to tell you any In this thin book you get marvelous funny lines Picture a guy in his fifties or so This is Pereira A paunch in front thinning hair and for lunch he eats omelet sandwiches which he has to shove in a drawer when anyone enters his room He branches out; he begins dining at Café Orueda where Pereira has to ask the waiter Manuel So what is going on? Remember that it is Pereira that is the journalist Then he orders his usual omelette aux herbes and lemonade with lots of sugar This is the man that later proclaims I am a lone wolf and like it Why? You will have to read the book to find out Later he sort of adopts a young man He has no son himself; he never had a son but he knows that it is only to a son you must continually hand out money so he says to the boy when he asks for pay before he has done any work I don't approve of your making a father of me It is very hard to show you how hilarious these lines are until you read and see them in context I find the writing intelligent and funny and well I just love it The book has a message If something is wrong you just have to do something about it Don't you?I love how he Pereira speaks to his wife or rather that photo he has of herand she smiles back and she understands There are other women too How they are described is eually perfect be it merely a shapely arm a shoulder or crossed dress straps The author creates an image that the reader completes in their own mind in their own fashion I will finish with this look at the word “maintains” in the title and in many many of the lines of the book It is stated over and over again in the text What does that word mean to you? When do you use it? What does it signify? Make sentences with it play with it and you will understand Or read the book then you are sure to understand I will tell you this it turns the book into a mystery which you have to figure out even though this book is not a mystery not in the conventional sense Really fantastic bookAs is the narration by Derek Jacobi Absolutely fantastic narration It couldn't be better Women sound like women Derek Jacobi is the most talented male narrator of women that I have ever come across He does secretaries and bitchy caretakers and attractive women each and every one is pitch perfect All the different characters have their own intonation Each sentence has the perfect inflection to say what the author wants said I cannot praise the narration enoughA perfect little book

  9. Fionnuala Fionnuala says:

    Set in Lisbon in 1938 when fascism was running riot across Europe a lonely obese middle aged man follows his heart Read it to discover one of the most unassuming heroes in literature

  10. Stephen P Stephen P says:

    Obsessed suddenly and unexplainably with death Doctor Pereira seeks out a journalist who has written a magazine article on the subject They meet at a restaurant Monteiro Rossi is young not obsessed with death but with life Charismatic he reminds Pereira of the son he has never had and his own youth which he will not talk about Monteiro Rossi has no interest in death His interest is in life and living The article turns out to be excerpts from his bogus thesis at school He is broke and desperately needs a job Pereira surprisingly hires him to write obituaries in advance for writers and famous people who might die in the future Then the newspaper where he heads the cultural affairs section the main and only employee would not be caught shorthanded A pre obit folder However Rossi’s articles in Pereira’s mind are terrible including too much creativity politics and life which would prove out of line with his boss the editor and the paper’s patrons the changing milieu in and surrounding the city 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 Any steps taken into the present is met with the blinding light of the sun the exhaustive heat sweltering sweat from his obese body His weight like a gravitational pull keeps him rooted Yet with no announcement even change in tone he may also be seen as an unintended Christ figure While he has not given up his life for mankind he has nonetheless given up living his life in search for a means of repentance How to repent for the death of his wife? He may struggle to keep her and their relationship alive by speaking to her photograph Also there is his work the paper snuggled into the banal while performing back bending stretches to not offend Franco whose shadow is beginning to cramp Portugal just prior to the war? Tabucchi’s meticulous craft his silent whisper is that when large events muscle their way to the forefront it happens so uietly that it sifts into the reader’s pores Falling under its spell Tabucchi creates a reading experience unlike anything I have encountered The simplicity of style packages profound ideas flips stasis on its head uncovering touching moments bursting with significance The book’s main treasure of riches is that Tabucchi focuses his lens close in on the personal crisis Pereira is going through while pinpointing the signs of the oncoming global calamity reaching Portugal’s borders Will Pereira transform himself out of his withdrawal from life as we know it or will the ritualized comfort prove that the blazing sun and sweat of life outside of his small globe of existence is not worth it? Could should he live what the majority has agreed on is life? Does being take place outside of the window he stares out from? This makes the recalcitrant Rossi all the attractive This new son brought to him While Pereira is maintaining Tabucchi is exploring He seems to never stop exploring although witnessing this is near impossible He works in the stealth of nightBut what does Pereira’s maintaining mean? The impression of his being grilled by a member of authority possibly there to maintain the order of society to be sure no one is stepping outside of the proscribed bounds is implied felt In this context he responds to the grilling which takes place throughout the story by sticking to his position Will he waver? Will there be change or will he maintain? Over and over again it is repeated that Pereira maintains as he tells sticks to his his storyThis is the tension the taught wire the reader is asked to cross with no net beneath Though the tension is palpable the net is invisible This is the magic Tabucchi performs without a stage costumery just another person passed in a crowd but whose mind is spinning threads of a perfected web The narrator speaks to us at times in present alternating into past tense relating what Peirara is saying in describing the scenes and events of his life However at times he or she is unsure what is going on in the mind of Pereira who wants to keep his childhood guarded and unspoken The narrator offers us possible suggestions but clearly none conclusive The narrator is not writing this story otherwise she or he would know what exactly what is going on with Pereira All of the information is provided by Pereira who is selective and has his own biases It is told to us though by the narrator and is run through their filter then through our own as readers This is not to mention Tabucchi who is somewhere writing this though he is in hiding The strained potion we receive is diluted possibly inflated conjoined distorted and distended We experience intellectually and viscerally Pereira’s experience which is many times removed Almost within the grasp of his hand but never uite thereLike his Reuiem A Hallucination this is exalted writing while never appearing to be so Not out of modesty but out of his poised craft Tabucchi remains hidden I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a Reader I maintain

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Sostiene Pereira[Download] ✤ Sostiene Pereira By Antonio Tabucchi – Pereira kertoo tutustuneensa tähän mieheen eräänä kesäpäivänä Sää oli upea aurinkoinen ja vilpoinen ja Lissabon säkenöi Pereira kertoo että hän oli toimituksessa eikä tiennyt mitä teh Pereira kertoo tutustuneensa tähän mieheen eräänä kesäpäivänä Sää oli upea aurinkoinen ja vilpoinen ja Lissabon säkenöi Pereira kertoo että hän oli toimituksessa eikä tiennyt mitä tehdä toimitusjohtaja oli lomalla Pereiran harteilla oli kulttuurisivun kokoaminen ”Lissabonilaisella” oli nyt kulttuurisivukin ja hän toimitti sitä yksikään Ja Pereira pohdiskeli kuolemaaPereira kertoo sijoittuu Lissaboniin kesään jolloin Portugalissa oli vallalla Salazarin diktatuuri Päähenkilö maisteri Pereira on lehtimies entinen rikosreportteri nyttemmin Lissabonilainen lehden kulttuurisivun toimittaja Hän on leskimies ja lapseton; kun hänen on tarpeen selvitellä ajatuksiaan hän puhuu vaimonsa kuvalle jonka hän ottaa aina matkoille mukaanPereira symboloi persoonallisuudellaan Salazarin aikaa hän on varovainen sovinnainen mukavuutta rakastava umpimielinen Kulttuurisivunsakin hän täyttää poliittisesti moitteettomalla aineistolla tunnustettujen kirjailijoiden nekrologeilla ja ranskalaisen kirjallisuuden käännöksillä Mutta koko hänen elämänasenteensa joutuu koetukselle kun hän palkkaa apulaisekseen Moteiro Rossin nuoren miehen joka on kirjoittanut ansiokkaan tutkielman kuolemastaAluksi Pereira joutuu vain piilottelemaan muistokirjoituksia joita Rossi on kirjoittanut poliittisesti arkaluontoisista henkilöistä kuten Federico García Lorcasta Sitten käy ilmi että poliisi etsii Rossia tämän poliittisen toiminnan vuoksi Kun Rossi etsii turvaa Pereiran kotoa tämä joutuu tekemään ratkaisun johon hän ei itsekään uskonut pystyvänsäRomaani on kirjoitettu viileän ulkokohtaisesti virallisen raportin tapaan; sanat ”kertoo Pereira” toistuvat siinä tavan takaa Mutta lukijaa kohtaa samanlainen yllätys kuin Pereiraa silmien eteen avautuu yhtäkkiä nykyaikaisen demokratian todellinen tila se minkä varassa se itse asiassa on.

About the Author: Antonio Tabucchi

Antonio Tabucchi was an Italian writer and academic who taught Portuguese language and literature at the University of Siena ItalyDeeply in love with Portugal he was an expert critic and translator of the works of the writer Fernando Pessoa from whom he drew the conceptions of saudade of fiction and of the heteronyms Tabucchi was first introduced to Pessoa's works in the s when attending.