A private meeting, chance encounters, and a mysterious tour of Lisbon, in this brilliant homage to Fernando Pessoa.
In this enchanting and evocative novel, Antonio Tabucchi takes the reader on a dream-like trip to Portugal, a country he is deeply attached to. He spent many years there as director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Lisbon. He even wrote Requiem in Portuguese; it had to be translated into Italian for publication in his native Italy.
Requiem's narrator has an appointment to meet someone on a quay by the Tagus at twelve. But, it turns out, not twelve noon, twelve midnight, so he has a long time to while away. As the day unfolds, he has many encounters—a young junky, a taxi driver who is not familiar with the streets, several waiters, a gypsy, a cemetery keeper, the mysterious Isabel, an accordionist, in all almost two dozen people both real and illusionary. Finally he meets The Guest, the ghost of the long dead great poet Fernando Pessoa. Part travelog, part autobiography, part fiction, and even a bit of a cookbook, Requiem becomes an homage to a country and its people, and a farewell to the past as the narrator lays claim to a literary forebear who, like himself, is an evasive and many-sided personality.
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Beginning and ending in Lisbon and stretching to areas outside the city and into the realm of dreams and the dead, the narrator languidly picks up people and places he has known and enters into lazy discourse with them: a dead friend named Slowacki, the narrator's father in his youth, a barman at...| Read Full Review of Requiem: A Hallucination
The nameless narrator of this surreal dreamscape, who anxiously anticipates the appearance of his deceased friend and literary forebear, is Tabucchi himself, and the poet, though never named, is probably Portuguese modernist Fernando Pessoa, whose works Tabucchi, a champion of Portuguese literatu...| Read Full Review of Requiem: A Hallucination
By turning toward the narrator in his book, Tabucchi allows the narrator to encounter himself as well as Pessoa – who is fictional and real and a ghost, the encounter between the three identifies them not as separate or distinct, not as one but many.Dec 22 2005 | Read Full Review of Requiem: A Hallucination
Typifying pic's gentlemanly cognac-and-cigar atmosphere is Paul's visit to a private club, where the headwaiter (Jose Manuel Mendes, so refined he could give Prince Charles etiquette lessons) wagers a bottle of 1952 port on a billiard shot (the three-ball game, not the American version).May 17 1998 | Read Full Review of Requiem: A Hallucination
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