Antonio Tabucchi Week

Antonio Tabucchi Week is finally approaching. It’s starting tomorrow and this is really just a very quick introduction to the week and some info for those who participate. I’m going to post two reviews, one on Tuesday and one either Friday or Saturday and will wrap up on Monday in a week.

I spent the last week reading Tabucchi and was quite captivated by my choices. I wanted to read Pereira Maintains but then I dipped into another two of his books and one of them hooked me right away.

Tabucchi has written quite a few very short books, so if you haven’t started yet, there is still time until Sunday.

If you are participating and have reviewed something, please, leave a link in the comment section of this post.  I’ll add it to this post. Once the week is over you can still access the links either via this post or via the page I will set up.

Participant reviews

It’s Getting Later All the Time – Brian (Babbling Books)

On Dreams of Dreams – Tom (Wuthering Expectations)

Pereira Declares – Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)

Pereira Maintains – TBM (50 Year Project)

Pereira Maintains – Vishy (Vishy’s Blog)

Pereira Maintains – Bettina (Liburuak)

Pereira Maintains – Andrew Blackman

Piazza d’Italia – Scott (seraillon)

Requiem – Caroline (Beauty is a Sleeping Cat)

The Edge of the Horizon – Caroline (Beauty is a Sleeping Cat)

The Flying Creatures of Fra Angelico – Stu (Winstons Dad’s Blog)

The Last Three Days of Fernando Pessoa with Bonus Lobster Recipe – Tom (Wuthering Expectations)

The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro – Richard (Caravana de Recuerdos)

Vanishing Point -1streading

Pereira Maintains (Book and Movie) and Requiem – Scribacchina (Parole/Words)

54 thoughts on “Antonio Tabucchi Week

    • i was hoping to introduce him to more people. And sadly he died this year. He is one of the rare Italian authors who has been quite widely translated and I always liked him. If you’ve never read anything by him Indian Nocturne is great. Three of his books have been made into films.

      • Strange how I haven’t heard of him! He is translated into Dutch (I’m from the Netherlands). Since we’re a small country we read quite a bit of translated literature, so I’m surprised I didn’t know him. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll put it on my wishlist!

        • Yes, I suggest Indian Nocturne or “It’s getting later all the time” if you like epistolary novels. “Pereira Maintains” is considered one of his best but I haven’t read it yet. I know the one or the other participant will review it. I hope you will like him. I’m sure there are even more available in Dutch than in English. Everything is available in German.

  1. I read Pereira Maintains Saturday night and loved the novel. It’s small, but it isn’t short on plot. I hope to get my review up later this week. Thanks for introducing me to another wonderful writer!

  2. I started reading ‘Pereira Maintains’ today 🙂 The introduction by Mohsin Hamid was wonderful and I have read 20 pages of the novel till now. The style is easy and fast-paced and I am loving it till now. I can’t wait to continue reading tomorrow.

    • I’m glad you like it. I’ve read to earlier novels one was rather a bit experimental, still I loved it. Pereira Maintains has a “real story”. I’m looking forward to your review.

      • I just finished ‘Pereira Maintains’, Caroline. I loved it! I am hoping to post my review tomorrow. Thanks for hosting Antonio Tabucchi week. I wouldn’t have discovered Tabucchi’s works otherwise. I wish I had got one more book of his to read this week, because his books seem to be really fast reads. I can’t wait to read more of Tabucchi’s books 🙂

        • I’m so glad you liked it. I’m really looking forward to hear more. Maybe you will Indian Nocturne a chnace after all. I loved it but perhaps it’s very different from your persepctie. It would be interesting to find out. 🙂

  3. Neither of my libraries (the one I work at or the public library) have any of his books, and I ran out of time to order something, but….I discovered that there is a story collection that has one of his stories in it, so I will be able to read something by him after all! I look forward to hearing more about him–I am sure you’ll tempt me to look harder for his books! 🙂

      • The story is called “A Riddle” and I just photocopied it this morning as the collection is really huge and I don’t want to have to drag it home and then back again (the collection has many different writers). I’m looking forward to reading it–maybe tonight–but will write about it over the weekend. Have you read it?

        • No, not yet. It’s in the collection Little Misunderstandings of No Importance. In the foreweord he say he “stole” this story on an evening in paris in 1975 and carried it around long enough to be able to rewrite it in his own voice. Hmmm. Not sure what he means. I love it that he writes those intros in which she states how he got the ideas and when and where it was written. Just snippets really.

  4. Eek I had forgotten this! But I really do want to read Pereira Maintains. Hmm, well I will do my best to fit it in towards the end of the week. I certainly want to take part if I can.

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    • Thanks a lot Andrew, I’m really glad you liked it and hope you will read some of his other books too. Nobody chose Indian Nocturne one of my all time favourite novels but maybe it is out of print.

    • Wonderful, thanks, Judith. I’m so glad you liked it. He has written many great books and what this event really illustrates is that he has quite a wide range. Themes and some elemenst are recurring but they way he treats them is very different from one book to the next.

  8. That lobster recipe, as Tabucchi gives it, appears to be complete and ready to make. I will point out to Americans that Tabucchi is not thinking of a Maine lobster, but likely a significantly smaller beast.

    Thanks, Caroline and Lizzy, for the organization. You provoked a lot of Tabucchi reading.

    • I’m not very versed n making lobster soup. Thanks for the infor and for joining.
      Lizzy? You are thinking ahead which is great. She will hopefully be very busy during German Literature Month.

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