The Woman of Porto Pim by Antonio Tabucchi

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This book...reads like Tabucchi finding his way back to a place he loved and, in the process, creating it anew.
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By Antonio Tabucchi, one of the most renowned voices in European literature and the foremost Italian writer of his generation, The Woman of Porto Pim is made up of enchanting, hallucinatory fragments that take place on the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal. Told by a visiting Italian writer unearthing legends, relics and histories of the inhabitants, the tales shed light on a local restaurant proprietress¢s impossible love with an Azorean fisherman during WWII, a dazzling whaling expedition of eras past, shipwrecks both metaphorical and real, and a playful look at humankind from the perspective of a whale.
 

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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 April 23, 2013 by Archipelago. 122 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ethan Rutherford on May 18 2013

This book...reads like Tabucchi finding his way back to a place he loved and, in the process, creating it anew.

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