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Lisboa, 1938. Bajo la opresiva dictadura de Salazar, el furor de la guerra civil espanola llamando a la puerta y el fascismo italiano de fondo, Pereira, un periodista dedicado a la seccion de sucesos, recibe el encargo de dirigir la pagina cultural de un mediocre periodico. Necesitado de un colaborador, contacta con Monteiro Rossi, joven inequivocamente comprometido con la ...more
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Seemita
Apr 04, 2015 Seemita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who can find courage to follow their hearts; if only once.
Recommended to Seemita by: Stephen P
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 wa ...more
·Karen·
Aug 17, 2013 ·Karen· rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who might at any time need their faith in humanity restored
Young people: they can be a real pain when they play Daft Punk - and that is not a randomly capitalized qualifying 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 is.
Pereir
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Agnieszka
Mar 18, 2014 Agnieszka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2014, reviewed

What a lovely piece of writing it is. I really do not want to waste your time that you could devote to read it , so I'll try to be brief. Like in The Requiem , 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
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Roula
Jan 23, 2017 Roula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Δεν εχω διαβασει ποτε ξανα Ταμπουκι , δεν ηξερα τιποτα γι'αυτον μεχρι που διαβασα το βιβλιο "τα 3 επιπεδα της ζωης" του τζουλιαν μπαρνς(*θριαμβευτικες ιαχες*)και εκει το ανεφερε ως ενα βιβλιο διαχειρισης του πενθους.ομως τελικα ηταν πολυ περισσότερο απο αυτο..

Η ιστορια εκτυλισσεται το καλοκαιρι του 1938 στη Λισαβόνα που βρισκεται υπο το καθεστως δικτατοριας και σε ολη τη "γειτονια" της ευρωπης επικρατει αναβρασμος και επέλαση του φασισμου.ο ηρωας ειναι φυσικα ο γλυκυτατος Περειρα.ενας μεσηλικας
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Fionnuala
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.
Stephen P
Mar 28, 2015 Stephen P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who Read
Shelves: favorites

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 de
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Dolors
Mar 19, 2013 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***UPDTAED 2013 August, 28th ***
Translated from Catalan to English:

When a book makes you think.
Disguised 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 page.
Pereira 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 l
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Chrissie
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
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Sawsan
Nov 05, 2015 Sawsan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكاتب الإيطالي انطونيو تابوكي الشغوف بالبرتغال ولغتها وشاعرها بيسوا, يكتب عن الاستبداد والرقابة والأدب والصحافة ودور الكُتاب ومواقفهم من سياسات ومشكلات بلادهم, ليس فقط في البرتغال التي عانت من ديكتاتورية انطونيو سالازار ولكن في في بلاد أوروبية أخرى في فترة ما قبل الحرب العالمية الثانية
ماذا يدعّي بيريرا؟ الصحفي العجوز الذي يُعيد اكتشاف ذاته في صيف 1938 في البرتغال بعد شعوره بالندم على حياة لم يعشها وعلى مسئوليات تجاه بلده لم يهتم بها
أجاد الكاتب في رسم شخصية بيريرا الرتيبة في عمله وتساؤلاته وأفك
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Ben Winch
My third reading (at least) and, like all Tabucchi’s best work (Requiem, Vanishing Point, Indian Nocturne), it gets better each time. In fact, I find it hard to imagine how any serious reader (who enjoys breaks from formula and doesn’t need things cut and dried) could dislike it. It’s warm, funny, charming, deft as hell. A civilised story of civilisation in danger. And an act of magic in ways I can’t describe, not without giving it away a little at least.

A friend (Stephen P) remarks Tabucchi’s
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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 29, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Shelves: 1001-core, 501
I am 46 years old. Happily married for 17 years. I and my beautiful wife have been blessed with a daughter who is now 16 years old. Three years ago, I bought 501 Must Read Books and thought of reading the books included in it. My brother came across 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and suggested that we read all those books as well. I agreed. In the course of my research about one of the books we read, I came across Goodreads. Then in it, I saw The Filipino Group. I felt happy that Filipi ...more
M. Sarki
Feb 05, 2014 M. Sarki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My adventure in reading this novel Pereira Declares can be summed up by the word enjoyable. Antonio Tabucchi clearly bought me out completely. I loved every word of this translation. Though I am not, for the most part, political, I do empathize with the trying times of Portugal during this period in our world history, though I do not have a personal frame of reference for my understanding. I do hate all oppression and suppression, and believe I would fight
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RK-ique
May 08, 2016 RK-ique rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I needed something lighter to read recently and found "Pereira Declares" to be just the thing coming in at just over 100 pages. Thanks to Fionnuala for the suggestion.

The lightness of the book in terms of size and readability, should not be confused with lightness of message. This novella carries a great deal of baggage. It is set in 1938 Portugal against the background of Fascism in Portugal, Italy and Germany while the civil war rages in Spain. This is not to be forgotten. Nor is the oft repe
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Tintaglia
May 30, 2012 Tintaglia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chiunque, chiunque, chiunque
Recommended to Tintaglia by: LauraT
Shelves: favorites
Che libro MERAVIGLIOSO.
La scoperta di un'anima e del significato della vita, a partire dalle riflessioni sulla morte.
No, di più: la rinascita di un'anima, la possibilità di una nuova vita, all'ombra della morte.

Grazie, LauraT, per avermelo fatto scoprire: esco dalla lettura commossa, e non mi capita spesso.
فهد الفهد
Dec 21, 2014 فهد الفهد rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-italy
بيريرا يدعي

القراءة الثانية لأنطونيو تابوكي بعد (هذيان)، في هذه الرواية نحن في لشبونة سالازار وقت الحرب الأهلية الإسبانية، مع بيريرا الصحافي المسؤول عن صفحة ثقافية في جريدة ليشبوا، يعيش بيريرا حياة هادئة، قانعة، ولكن يتم هز حياته عندما يلجها وبقوة شاب ثوري يدعى (مونتيرو روسي)، يحاول بيريرا الاستعانة بمونتيرو ليكتب مقالات تأبين لأدباء أحياء ليتم نشرها في يوم وفاتهم، ولكن مونتيرو يزوده بدلاً عن ذلك بمقالات ثورية غير مناسبة للنشر في ذلك الجو القمعي الذي كانت تعيشه البرتغال، تدور حوارات كثيرة في الر
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Anastasia
Mar 28, 2012 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ad Tabucchis memoriam.

Queste entrate da classicista sono quasi rivoltanti..oh mio Dio..

Il fatto che io abbia letto Sostiene Pereira proprio in questo periodo non ha nulla di possibilmente casuale o misterioso, il motivo è talmente scontato che non ha senso sprecarci parole sopra.
Quando ho saputo che è morto Tabucchi mi è dispiaciuto, e soprattutto mi sentivo in colpa perché io neanche un mese prima avevo letto il suo saggino, La gastrite di Platone, e me ne ero lamentata senza riserve. A vederlo
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Chiara
Jun 02, 2016 Chiara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esempio di rara bellezza
Tabucchi mi ha stregata. Può una storia semplice, con dei personaggi tutto sommato ordinari, narrata con un linguaggio quotidiano e scarno, conquistare?
Sostiene Pereira è la prova che sì, è possibile (o almeno, così sostengo io). Di Pereira abbiamo una descrizione essenziale, focalizzata su pochi particolari, e tuttavia questi risultano essere i particolari giusti, atti a dipingere il personaggio in maniera efficacissima, oltre che rendercelo simpatico.
Questo è un esempio
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عبدالكريم الخليفي
يدعّي عبدالكريم أن تابوكي بنى الرواية بناءاً مترابط وتصاعدي في الحبكة, بشكل ليس سريعا مخلاً ولا بطيئاً مملاً. التفاصيل الصغيرة في الرواية والتي ركز عليها تابوكي (الليموناضة, صورة الزوجة, نبضات القلب) كانت تضفي للأحداث صورتها الطبيعية,كما يدعي عبدالكريم. نقطة الظهور في الرواية والتي امتزجت بالفلسفة وعلم النفس (كونفدرالية الأرواح), وبعدها مواجهة الديكتاتورية والبيروقراطية التي كانت تعاني منها البرتغال بوضوح الزمان والمكان كان عبقريّا. يدعي عبدالكريم أيضا, أنّ الترجمة كانت جيدة من معاوية عبدالمجيد ...more
Ana
Feb 24, 2017 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ana by: book-club
*** Pode conter spoilers ***

A acção desta história decorre em Lisboa no Verão de 1938 e tem como pano de fundo a Europa conturbada da época: o salazarismo em Portugal, a guerra civil em Espanha, o fascismo em Itália, o nacional-socialismo na Alemanha.

Neste contexto, a vida do senhor Pereira - um homem viúvo, de meia idade, sem filhos e que diz acreditar na ressurreição da alma mas não na da incómoda carne - decorre calmamente entre limonadas, omeletes, conversas com o retrato da falecida esposa
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AC
Apr 20, 2014 AC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting little book; nicely written and constructed. Intellectually precisely, with sharp plotting and characterization. There is little emotional depth to it, however - though perhaps that is typical of our Age.

One point worthy of note - the discusison in the book about the congress of souls (that make up a man) and the overriding Ego(s) that emerge to rule over them, is clearly derived from Fernando Pessoa -- his heteronyms and his semi-fictional orthonym, etc. - whose Italian translato
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Fran
May 23, 2012 Fran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Storia pacata del risveglio di una coscienza quasi sopita, prigioniera di un dolce vissuto personale in cui il protagonista trova conforto per il vivere quotidiano.
Una lettura casuale di un articolo porta all'incontro con chi il presente lo vive e pian piano, all'inizio quasi inconsapevolmente, Pereira riprende a fare le sue scelte affrontando il mondo che ha di fronte.
Sandra
Sep 02, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: portogallo, italia
Saramago, nel suo capolavoro L’anno della morte di Ricardo Reis, posa lo sguardo sulla Lisbona del 1936, anno in cui la dittatura di Salazar inizia a prendere posizione a favore del nazismo e del fascismo, anno in cui non morì soltanto Ricardo Reis, ma morirono la democrazia e la libertà in Europa e dunque anche in Portogallo.
Tabucchi racconta una piccola grande storia di coraggio nella Lisbona del 1938: a distanza di due anni la situazione era peggiorata, la guerra civile spagnola ferveva e di
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Ahmed Mahmoud Gamal

أول قراءة لأنطونيو تابوكى الكاتب ايطالى الجنسية برتغالى الهوى كما يُقال عنه هذه الرواية صغيرة الحجم ..وهى جيدة بالرغم
من بعض الملل فى البداية وبطء الاحداث وقلة الشخصيات الا أنها عجبتى جدا فى النهاية

تدور أحداث الرواية فى البرتغال وتتزامن مع الحرب الأهلية الاسبانية فى أواخر الثلاثينات بين الجمهوريين و الجبهة الشعبية
الاسبانية و الانقلابين بقيادة فرانشيسكو فرانكو..وكانت الحكومة فى البرتغال تؤيد الانقلاب ففرضت حظر نشر اى نصوص
ثورية ضد الانقلاب فى أسبانيا وكذلك أى شىء قد يغضب السلطة الحاكمة..تبين ال
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Carmine
Oct 19, 2016 Carmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Il mondo è un problema e certo non saremo noi a risolverlo.

Esistono opere che assumono valore universale e trascendono il contesto in cui sono narrate.
Lo stile pacato e soffuso, quasi dimesso, di Tabucchi risulta indispensabile nel delineare quel risveglio dal torpore, quella rinascita a cui noi, molti di noi, smettiamo presto di anelare.
L'arido e triste mondo esterno non è forse specchio dell'accettazione, spesso inconsapevole, del nostro grigio microcosmo, reso purtroppo una costante nel quo
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Lee
May 30, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started to come around to this short novel (136 pages) only after the fifth short chapter. At first I opined in a workshoppy way that it should've started there, that the first chapters were priming the pump, as they used to say, that it didn't get going until 25 pages into it or so. I wondered why the five-star hubbub. But then later on I realized that the author was demonstrating Pereira's mindstate before the appearance of the politically minded Rossi and Marta. The rest reminded me of The ...more
AdiTurbo
Jan 09, 2016 AdiTurbo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I have ever read, and now sits well on my favorites shelf. It is so subtly sophisticated and clever - you don't see much anymore of such superb writing.
The story takes place while Fascist regimes are rising in the world in the 1930s. Our protagonist, Pereira, is a Portuguese man who has lost his beloved wife some time ago, but still talks to her through her picture every day. He works as the editor of a culture page in a Catholic magazine, and see himself as comple
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Alice Poon
Jun 11, 2014 Alice Poon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This has been a totally enthralling read!

The narrative is simple and the tone of the narrator is calm, if a little tongue-in-cheek. But the story grabs you from the first page right through the end. This is not a thriller though. It is just the story of a certain period in an ordinary middle-aged widower’s life, set in authoritarian Portugal in the 30s (circa the Spanish Civil War period). It so happens that during that period he meets two idealistic anarchist youngsters, and his life and his wo
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Metodi Markov
Въздействието на тази книга върху мен е доста голямо, може би защото живеем във времена силно напомнящи, но надявам се не толкова зловещи, колкото лятото на 1938 година.

За мен стила на автора е като ледена чаша мляко, подсладена с мед в отчайващо горещ ден!!!

Ще цитирам едно изречение от книгата, а на вас оставям сами да прецените дали ви се чете четиво поставящо толкова много основни за житието и битието въпроси.

... философията уж се занимава само с истината, а най-вероятно говори измислици, до
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Sarah ~
Mar 01, 2015 Sarah ~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2015
بيريرا يدَّعي ..


" بيريرا يدَّعي "
جملة ترافقنا طوال الوقت في كل افتتاحية فصل وفي نهايته وعدة مرات خلاله ..
بيريرا رجل وحيد أرمل - صحفي ومدير القسم الثقافي بصحيفة برتغالية ناشئة عاشق للأدب وخاصة الأدب الفرنسي في القرن التاسع عشر ، يجد نفسه شيئاً فـ شيئاً في خضم الأجواء السياسية التي تجنبها طويلاً (الدكتاتورية البرتغالية الحاكمة - الحرب الأهلية الإسبانية ) بسبب شاب (يدعى مونتيرو روسي) أعجب بأطروحته حول الموت ووظفه لاحقاً كـ مساعد له في القسم الثقافي.

ما أحبه في شخصيات تابوكي هو لحظة التحول /أواليقظة
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Cristina - Athenae Noctua
Sostiene Pereira è un inno alla libertà e all'importanza del ruolo degli intellettuali, sull'essenzialità di nutrire una coscienza, se non politica, almeno di forte pregnanza etica, in cui la cultura abbia la funzione non di un rifugio sicuro e disimpegnato, ma di un faro. Sostiene Pereira è un grido contro l'indifferenza, un'esortazione all'azione e al libero pensiero, unici mezzi per contrastare il dilagare delle ideologie estremiste. Un romanzo irrinunciabile che merita tutta la celebrazione ...more
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Antonio Tabucchi was an Italian writer and academic who taught Portuguese language and literature at the University of Siena, Italy.

Deeply 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 heteronomouses. Tabucchi was first introduced to Pessoa's works in the 1960s when atten
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