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Pereira Maintains

by Antonio Tabucchi

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A masterpiece of compression.

—Mohsin Hamid

Tabucchi’s masterpiece “conjures a state between waking and dreaming” (The New York Times)


Pereira Maintains

Fiction by Antonio Tabucchi

translated from the Italian by

Dr. Pereira is an aging, lonely, overweight journalist who has failed to notice the menacing cloud of fascism over Salazarist Lisbon. One day he meets Montiero Rossi, an aspiring young writer whose anti-fascist fervor is as strong as Pereira’s apolitical languor. Eventually, breaking out of the shell of his own inhibitions, Pereira reluctantly rises to heroism—and this arc is “one of the most intriguing and appealing character studies in recent European fiction” (Kirkus).

published February 28th, 2017