A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Requiem by Antonio Tabucchi. Requiem: A Hallucination (New Directions Paperbook) [Antonio Tabucchi, Margaret Jull Costa] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A private. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. On a sweltering Sunday in July, an Italian writer Look inside this book. Requiem: A Hallucination (New Directions Paperbook) by [Tabucchi, Antonio].

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The exit gate opened for me. Of course, in his usual fashion, food makes up an important element in the narrative.

View all 6 comments. He August 14, Review of Requiem: Retaken in its ending. This love of the ‘music of the streets’ also comes through strongly here. I think he would be very much an author to your liking. The mysteries and complexities of life.

Silence has reigned for several minutes as you taubcchi let the port tell its story. What a curious, yet charming book! A feeling the wall began its crumble and dream sifted in. In any case, it was a pleasant read, and a very nice prelude to an upcoming trip to Lisbon, though it left me a little unsatisfied.


May 30, Jonathan rated tabudchi it was amazing Shelves: His characters,be it in Indian Nocturne or in Requiemare always looking for someone. Of course, this reasoning feels like a ruse –this book is a love letter to many things, including his time spent in Portugal — I suspect that writing in that language not only highlights the nostalgia, but also makes the book feel more “foreign” and dreamlike.


But how is it that one respected writer can make a reader feel something and another does not, when both use language in which to proceed from? You are commenting using your Twitter account. The English of Margaret Costa’s translation is clear and smooth. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. I know, he said, with me it always finishes that way, but don’t you think that’s precisely what literature should do, be disquieting I mean personally I don’t trust literature that soothes people’s consciences.

Tabucchi’s self portrait Requiem takes the reader on a hallucinating trip in Portugal where the narrator waits for someone in scorching heat on last Sunday of July requime, as the day progresses, he goes on to have resuiem encounters with different sorts of people- some may be real, some may be not-to eventually meet the ghost of dead great poet- perhaps Fernando Pessoa, whose works Tabucchi, a champion of Portuguese literature, has translated, to discuss Kafka, postmodernism and the future of literature.

Requiem: A Hallucination by Antonio Tabucchi

The narrator sets off to while away the day until then. His search seems to be for reconciliation, a sort of failed conquest of remorse: It sure put me in the mood to visit Lisbon very soon. View all 3 comments. The narrator travels through Lisbon, visiting places, eating, drinking. The book was reviewed in Publishers Weekly: I too liked requem personal reference.


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Requiem is exactly like travelling through Lisbon on a hot summer day aantonio gives the dreamlike quality and assuredly not as a tourist. The narrator, the author, has fallen asleep under a large mulberry tree in the garden of a friend and dreams.

It is noon, but the meeting was set for twelve — possibly, probably midnight.

As dreamlike as the story may be, it is on the other hand described in an amazingly realistic way and you have the feeling to be there and explore the city through the eyes and the other senses of the narrator. Who knows — maybe my favorites will switch with time.

I like the way you describe the book and not many tsbucchi can give such impression you have explained above. But the fact is that I chose to play my music not on an organ, which is an instrument proper to cathedrals, but on a mouth-organ that you can carry about in your pocket, or on a barrel-organ that you can wheel through the streets.

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