Pereira Declares by Antonio Tabucchi
A Testimony

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"One of the most intriguing and appealing character studies in recent European fiction, and easily the best work of Tabucchi's to have appeared in English translation."—Kirkus Reviews

Dr. Pereira is an aging, overweight journalist who has failed to notice the menacing cloud of fascism over Salazarist Portugal, until one day he meets an aspiring young writer and anti-fascist. Breaking out of his apolitical torpor, Pereira reluctantly rises to heroism.

About Antonio Tabucchi

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ANTONIO TABUCCHI, one of the most renowned voices in European literature and the foremost Italian writer of his generation, was born in Pisa in 1943 and died in 2012 in Lisbon. Translated into more than forty language, his many books have won prestigious prizes including the Aristeion, the Nossack, and the Europaeischer Staatpreis. His previous fiction includes Little Misunderstandings of No Importance and Indian Nocturne -- now a film -- which won the Prix Medici Etranger in 1987. TIM PARKS teaches literary translation at IULM University Milan and has written about provincial life in the Veneto in Italian Neighbours (1992) and An Italian Education (1996). He has translated works by several Italian writers, including Alberto Moravia, Italo Calvino, Antonio Tabucchi and Roberto Calasso. He has twice won the John Florio Prize for translation. He lives in Verona with his wife.
Published June 17, 1997 by New Directions. 136 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Pereira himself eschews political opinions, but finds he's drowning in them after he hires a young university graduate, Monteiro Rossi, to write ``advance obituaries of great writers who might die at any moment.'' The latter writes ``nothing but raving revolutionary stuff''--he can't help himself;

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An unknown third person narrates the story and, from the opening sentence, consistently uses the phrase "Pereira maintains" to relay what Pereira said.

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Seattle PI

(Interestingly, when the book was first published in the U.S. in 1996 it carried the title Pereira Declares: A Testimony and used "declares" instead of "maintains," although it and this new hardcover release by a different publisher, Edinburgh-based Canongate Books, both use a translation by Patr...

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In it Dr Pereira states his case or to be more precise Dr Pereira has stated his case for the record and that record is now being read back to us;

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London Review of Books

And the potential corniness of the heroic story arc is tempered not only by its contemporary resonance – published in Italy in 1994, Sostiene Pereira was widely perceived as a rebuke to Berlusconi’s corrupt nexus of political and media power – but by the deadpan, unheroic tone of the storytelling...

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When Pereira, who has never gotten over the death of his wife, reads an article about death which moves him greatly, he tracks down the penniless young author and offers him a job as his assistant, writing obituaries for literary figures.

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