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Sostiene Pereira

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Lisboa, 1938. En esta Europa recorrida por el virulento fantasma de los totalitarismos, Pereira, un periodista dedicado durante toda su vida a la sección de sucesos, recibe el encargo de dirigir la página cultural de un periódico mediocre. Se crea entonces una intensa relación entre el viejo periodista, su colaborador y su novia, Martha.
Paperback, 182 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Anagrama (first published 1994)
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Paula I don't like the translation "declares" because it does not deliver the assertive, resolute idea behind "sostiene". "Maintains" is a much better…moreI don't like the translation "declares" because it does not deliver the assertive, resolute idea behind "sostiene". "Maintains" is a much better choice.(less)
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Jan 01, 2016 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
Aug 21, 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.
Aug 15, 2014 Agnieszka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Stephen P
Apr 11, 2015 Stephen P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
K.D. Absolutely
Jan 11, 2011 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
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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
Mar 20, 2014 M. Sarki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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
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
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
Sep 12, 2015 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 29, 2014 Fahad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 05, 2016 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
Apr 25, 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
Alice Poon
Jul 22, 2014 Alice Poon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jun 04, 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
Jan 25, 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
Oct 20, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sarah ~
Dec 23, 2015 Sarah ~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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.
Dhanaraj Rajan
Apr 25, 2013 Dhanaraj Rajan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Fantastic read," Dhanaraj declares.
This book offered many emotional excitements for this reader about which he has no intention of divulging a bit for it has nothing to do with the present issue, the review, Dhanaraj declares.

That is the effect of the literary technique used in the novel. But then to speak of the novel I would say it offers a multiple reading. In fact, I came to know of it from Julian Barnes' LEVELS OF LIFE and Julian had said of it as a novel dealing with grief. And that is
Alberto Schiariti
Partiamo dal fondo, quasi fuori dal libro: dalle note finali. Pereira è un personaggio bellissimo, non nel senso estetico del termine, ma come caratterizzazione. E' descritto così bene, che mi era venuto il forte sospetto che non potesse essere completamente inventato. E proprio in fondo al libro, nelle note, Tabucchi spiega di come avesse trovato nella sua vita un personaggio in cerca d'autore. Il nome è inventato, ma l'omino sovrappeso, con problemi di cuore e vedovo non è completamente frutto ...more
Dimitar Pizhev
Срещата ми с "Твърди Перейра" беше като влюбване от пръв поглед, т.е. от "първото изречение". С повечето романи ми трябват поне двайсет страници, докато усетя атмосферата и преценя дали се побирам в нея, а тук влязох в повествованието от раз, засмука ме и не ме остави до финала. До такава степен се припознах в атмосферните изпарения на прозата (привидно семпла) на Табуки, че два дена обикалях София с чувството, че съм в Лисабон и съм наблюдаван от копоите на Салазар. Не го прочетох, а го изживях ...more
Jan 16, 2012 Ioleander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
جميلة و راقتني كثيراً .. لا أذكر أني قرأت لكاتب برتغالي .. هذا البلد الهادىء والذي يقبع في رأيي في الصفوف الخلفية ..
بيريرا يدّعي .. و الصوت الثالث .. كان لهذه الحبكة الجمالية أثرها الساحر في السرد .. حزنت لما اصاب روسي .. وفرحت للأنا المهيّمنة
التي اكتشفها بيريرا .. ففي نهاية الأمر .. كان لحياته معنى .. فصورة زوجته كانت الرفيقة الدائمة حتى وهو يتشكل في أنا جديدة :)
Pereira afirma que acredita na alma, mas não na ressurreição da carne. Nem quer acreditar; "Toda aquela banha que o acompanha quotidianamente, o suor, a fadiga ao subir as escadas, porque deveriam ressuscitar?"
Pereira afirma que é o responsável pela redação cultural de um jornal de Lisboa; e que os seus dias se resumem a fazer selecções e traduções de textos para publicação, tendo sempre a devida preocupação com a censura; e que as suas noites são passadas a falar com o retrato da falecida mulhe
Aug 14, 2014 Sve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Всеки път като прочета наистина добра книга си задавам въпроса - какво я прави толкова добра - дали стилът на писане, героите, богатството на езика, историята? Всеки път е различно.
"Твърди Перейра" ми хареса заради своята естественост.Ритъмът на разказа тече спокоен, дори когато се разказва за драматичните събития, които разтърсват живота и душата на героя.
Постоянно повтарящия се израз "твърди Перейра" придава на повествованието една приказност, известен магичен чар, с който иначе историята не
Jul 11, 2013 Lucrezia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Le ragioni del cuore sono le più importanti, bisogna sempre seguire le ragioni del cuore, questo i dieci comandamenti non lo dicono, ma glielo dico io, comunque bisogna stare con gli occhi aperti, nonostante tutto, cuore, sì, sono d'accordo, ma anche occhi bene aperti"

Chi è Pereira?
Si potrebbe dire che Pereira è un pezzo del passato strappato a quest' ultimo.E non è in grado di vivere se non nel suo ricordo.
Ma la storia viene a bussare alla sua porta, e proprio sotto forma della morte, sotto
Dec 01, 2015 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.
Apr 12, 2014 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely perfect, Jonathan declares
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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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