The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro by Antonio Tabucchi

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Antonio Tabucchi's new novel The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro continues the experiment so successfully begun with his Pereira Declares (New Directions, 1994) -- a European best-seller and winner of the prestigious Aristeion European Literature Prize in 1997. Tabucchi has now written a thriller, but one with a subtle intellectual depth not usual in that genre. The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro intriguingly reflects on current social issues: crime, police corruption, yellow journalism, and the courts -- both of the law and of public opinion. Tabucchi hooks the reader on page one of this book and the story advances with electric and unflagging suspense. A gypsy discovers a headless body; Firmino, a young journalist who writes for a scandal-sheet, takes up the case; the headless corpse turns out to be that of one Damasceno Monteiro, an employee at an import-export company who, having stumbled upon a heroin smuggling ring at his work, had stolen a drug shipment; and, the police are supressing evidence -- all the stuff of familiar daily news, here made riveting in the hands of a rare and brilliant writer.

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 January 17, 2005 by New Directions. 192 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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However, it's Tabucchi's setting that breathes life into his work: the reader can almost feel the heat of the Iberian peninsula and experience along with Firmino the unique customs, foods and political climate of Oporto.

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