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Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Archipelago
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Chris
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received a preview copy of this short story collection from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I thank them for the opportunity to experience a new (to me) writer.

I have never read any of Tubucchi’s stories before and I enjoyed the opportunity. One can divide these stories into what I would call evocative and narrative and both were very effective. I also could list a third category—those that completely went over my head and lost me. Unfortunately there were a f
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Sonia Almeida Dias
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Antonio Tabucchi, for numerous reasons, is one of my new favourite authors. And this book was another good surprise.

As the title says, it is a collection of stories, some that part in Portugal, others that don't, but all within the same sign of weirdness, of looking behind appearances. It is, in each story, as if the author captured a very precise moment in time in the life of those characters, and lets us take a sneak pic inside. Some of them we fully grasp, others we are left to wonder.

In ret
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SueLucie
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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A collection of 20 of the best of Tabucchi’s short stories, set in Italy, Lisbon and the Azores mid 20th century, linked for the most part by a couple of themes. That is, a yearning for what might have been, to transport oneself back to the moment of happy innocence before the event that changed everything, a nostalgia for simpler times before everything got so complicated. Coupled with people not being quite what they seem, there is a sinister feel to many of the situations here, especially sin ...more
Kathy
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was not familiar with this Italian author prior to reading this wonderful collection of short stories. Even the titles are whimsical, imaginative and fun. He was a gifted and careful writer and sorry to learn he died in 2012. Apparently he was drawn to both Portugal and Italy, and that is apparent in this variety of offerings.
In the first story, The Reversal Game, he mentions an author's name repeatedly, "I wanted to inform you of a new translation of Fernando Pessoa" as a contact code when in
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Theediscerning
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was very hit and miss for me. Some of these stories are a bit too dense, not quite revealing their purpose until it's almost too late – such as the very first piece, where a man finds he might not have known the woman he once knew, having met her almost under terms of subterfuge. Some have a languid, nightclubby wooziness, as in someone telling their sister how they started in the chanteuse career, or how one such job took them to jail for years. There's a sort of class concern here, where ...more
Katrina
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Beautifully written and pretty absorbing - although perhaps best dipped into rather than read straight through - Tabucchi's short story collection set in Italy, is tinged with nostalgia and has a distinct melancholy feel with a touch of disquiet thrown in for good measure.

Worth a look.

With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. R
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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 heteronyms. Tabucchi was first introduced to Pessoa's works in the 1960s when attending
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