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Pereira Maintains (1994)

by Antonio Tabucchi

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An editor at a second-rate Lisbon newspaper, Dr Pereira wants nothing to do with European politics. Something of a recluse, his closest confidante is a photograph of his late wife, and he is happy to immerse himself in stories from 19th-century French literature. All this changes when he meets Francesco Monteiro Rossi.… (more)
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Pereira is a really likeable character. Lonely and somewhat obsessed with the past he gets caught up in the fascist politics that are sweeping through Europe in the 1930s. He wants to lead a quiet life but his underlying decency makes that impossible. The writing style is unusual and at times a little distracting but I wonder if it works better in the original language. ( )
  Patsmith139 | Mar 15, 2021 |
Pereira ha fatto un sogno bellissimo, ma non lo racconterà qui, perché non ha nulla a che fare con questa storia, sostiene.
Storia pacata e lenta, individuale ma europea di fine anni '30 del secolo scorso ambientata a Lisbona. Pereira, un uomo di cultura che dialoga con il ritratto della moglie defunta, apprende, a piccoli bocconi di frittata alle erbe, di vivere in un incipiente clima di regime, in una Europa dove i regimi iniziano ad avere la meglio e dove inevitabilmente sarà necessario schierarsi.
E tra una limonata e un porto secco, una chiacchierata con il proprio medico, un'altra con il prete e le notizie fresche dalla Spagna franchista riportate dal barista, Pereira capirà in che mondo sta vivendo e una volta aperti gli occhi non si tirerà indietro.




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  LauraLaLunga | Feb 15, 2021 |
A quirky Portuguese novel of 1994, set in the late 1930s era in Portugal.
The protagonist is an aging widowed journalist who writes the Culture page for a lesser known newspaper. He is apolitical, but fair-minded. In the era of growing authoritarianism he finds himself on the wrong side of developments.
The writing style is "testimonial" - the story is reported in evidence-style, as in court reporting. I found it a little artifical initially, but as the book progresses, the reader sees how appropriate, and important, is this unusual treatment.
I'm glad I came across this book - courtesy of a mention in The Booksellers Diary. ( )
  mbmackay | Feb 13, 2021 |
Lots of omelettes. Lots of lemonade. Lots of dreams (although the reader never gets to hear about any of them). No speech-marks. Very little happens. The repetition of "Pereira maintains" throughout the book just feels contrived. This did nothing for me. ( )
  DebsDd | Jan 18, 2021 |
One of the most quietly great great books you'll ever read, as well as one of the more enjoyable. It's hard to imagine anyone describing the slow creep of authoritarianism, and rebellion against it, with more calm authority than Tabucchi does here through the consciousness of the delightfully silly Pereira. And particularly wonderful is the reticence to explain to whom, precisely, Pereira is maintaining or declaring all of this. ( )
1 vote stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
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Tabucchi, Antonioprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Creagh, PatrickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fleischanderl, KarinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
González Rovira, JavierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hamid, MohsinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hamm, ManfredPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Melander, VivecaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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An editor at a second-rate Lisbon newspaper, Dr Pereira wants nothing to do with European politics. Something of a recluse, his closest confidante is a photograph of his late wife, and he is happy to immerse himself in stories from 19th-century French literature. All this changes when he meets Francesco Monteiro Rossi.

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