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A una sorta di verbale un magnifico verbale giudiziario redatto non si sa da chi ma forse in ultima analisi dal tribunale della Storia il vecchio giornalista Pereira affida la sua vicenda di sfiduciata acuiescenza e di risveglio di riscatto umano e politico per una scelta di campo non più dilazionabile Pereira lo incontriamo nella Lisbona del 1938 vedovo molto afflitto e malato di cuore grasso e stanco caporedattore delle pagine culturali di un piccolo giornale del pomeriggio; è una Lisbona stritolata dalla morsa dell'oppressione fascista di Salazar dall'onn. It s 1938 the time of the Spanish Civil War Fascism under Franco of Spain is creeping into neighboring Portugal as well under its dictator Salazar A kosher meat shop the main character freuents is vandalized by fascist thugs Pereira our main character is a journalist having his mid life crisis His wife died a few years ago and he regrets that they never had children He s aging lonely overweight He writes about art and literature and seems so disconnected from the political winds that a couple of friends one a priest tell him stop living in another world go out and see what s happening all around you At night he tells his wife s photo about his day and asks her opinion about thingsKind of accidentally he starts to get politically active in a big way He hires a young man as an assistant who is assisting anti fascist forces in Spain and trying to recruit Portuguese to fight He has a beautiful girlfriend and a male friend who makes fake passports The journalist reads the political writings of the assistant which he knows he can t publish because of Portuguese censorship But he starts helping them out by giving them money and housing them when they are running from the law He sees the son he did not have in the idealistic young man and the beautiful daring girlfriend doesn t hurt the cause either Inevitably one night the Portuguese secret police come knocking and turn his world upside down I liked this passage Philosophy appears to concern itself only with the truth but perhaps expresses only fantasies while literature appears to concern itself only with fantasies but perhaps it expresses the truth And this response from his friend the priest after Pereira says he wants to make confession the next time he visits You don t need to replied Father Antonio first make sure you commit some sin and then come to me don t make me waste my time for nothing I liked the way the heavy duty political theme was interspersed with humor mostly about Pereira s struggles with his weight and diet Every day he is challenged to get up stairs and hills yet eats rich omelets and drinks eight glasses of lemonade that is half sugar He goes to spas for thalassotherapy seawater and seaweed treatments as if he expects the weight to simply dissolve The spa directors believe in working with his mind as well as his body despite resistance from Pereira Pretty soon you ll start talking to your wife s photograph he is told Of course we know Pereira already does The book has an interesting background Pereira declares is a mantra throughout the book usually at chapter endings But the book has also been translated into English as Declares Pereira and Pereira Maintains The author is Italian and the book is translated from the Italian but he loved Portuguese culture lived for periods in Portugal and died there He was famous in Italy for translations of Portuguese works into Italian especially the work of Fernando Pessoa This book was made into an Italian movie It s fairly short 135 pages and held my attention all the way through My thanks to Ian of Scotland for recommending this book to mephoto listening to fado in Portuguese cafe 1930 s from genuine tourscom

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Noscere Antonio Tabucchi uno dei maggiori scrittori italiani del nostro tempo al grande pubblico l'alto messaggio etico della storia si incarna perfettamente nel ritmo incalzante della scrittura che sa addensarsi in una narrazione essenziale e battente come distendersi nelle volute meditative di dialoghi sempre sorprendenti e coinvolgenti Per tutto ciò e per l'affetto pieno di riguardi con cui l'autore lo costruisce passo passo Pereira resta un personaggio indimenticabile da tener presente con gratitudine ad ogni inciampo della nostra perplessa storia di uomi. UPDTAED 2013 August 28th Translated from Catalan to EnglishWhen a book makes you thinkDisguised as an endearing story sweet and juicy as a ripe summer peach Sostiene Pereira is a novel that will remain in your thoughts for some time after you ve turned the last pagePereira is an unusual hero an overweight man of advanced age a lonely widower whose dreams he never reveals a man who talks to the portrait of his deceased wife Pereira works as head of the Cultural Section in the local newspaper Lisboa at the period of increasing oppression of the Salazar regime in the Portugal of the late 30s and despite the obvious internal repression in fascist Europe he is not interested in politicsPereira is na ve or maybe he wants to be He doesn t want to know what the real situation in Lisbon is like he devotes his own life to literature and he feels contented eating his omelettes aux fines herbs in the bar below the editorial where he works His life is uncomplicated and easy goingBut his peace of mind starts to change when he meets Mario Rossi and his girlfriend Marta a young couple who start talking about terms like justice or revolution Pereira finds himself unwittingly or willingly involved with the young couple and starts helping them triggering a series of symbolic events which make him rethink his entire existence and put his sense of justice to the limitTabbuchi masters the language in order to evoke the atmosphere of Lisbon in the 30s he writes in a beautiful and simple prose making it impossible to stop reading once you ve startedDespite it being a short novel the story evolves at a pace that allows you to enjoy the smallest of details a swim in the open ocean during a scorching day in August a disturbing encounter on a train chats about health and literature with a surprisingly open minded Psychologist evoking memories of the sanatorium in The Magic Mountain by Thomas MannThis novel is about life death and what we do during the time we have been grantedAnd the lesson it is never too late to open your eyes and be courageous and start acting to actually change thingsExciting and melancholicIt s a book like this one which makes of literature a life changing experience uan un llibre et fa pensarDisfressada d hist ria entranyable dol a i sucosa com un pr ssec a ple estiu Sostiene Pereira s una novel la ue t acompanyar durant uns uants dies un cop hagis girat l ltima p ginaEn Pereira s un heroi ins lit un senyor d avan ada edat amb sobrep s un vidu solitari ue t somnis ue mai explica i ue parla amb el retrat de la seva esposa ue treballa com a cap de la secci cultural del Lisboa durant l poca de creixent opressi del r gim de Salazar a la Portugal de finals dels anys 30 i tot i l obvietat de la repressi interna i de l Europa feixista en Pereira no est interessat en pol ticaEn Pereira s innocent o vol ser ho No vol saber uina s la situaci real a Lisboa la seva vida s la literatura i les seves truites a les fines herbes del bar de sota la redacci Tanmateix la seva perspectiva comen a a canviar uan coneix en Mario Rossi i la seva n via Marta els uals comencen a parlar de termes com just cia i revoluci En Pereira es troba ajudant la parella sense voler ho o volent ho i una s rie de fets simb lics fan ue es replantegi tota la seva exist ncia i ue s impliui fins a l mits insospitatsEl llenguatge ue utilitza Tabbuchi s ideal per evocar l atmosfera de la Lisboa dels anys 30 escrit amb una prosa preciosa i senzilla fa ue sigui impossible deixar lo un cop l has comen at Tot i ser una novel la curta la hist ria evoluciona a un ritme ue et permet assaborir els petits detalls un bany a mar obert durant un dia calor s d Agost un encontre inuietant en un tren converses sobre la salut i la literatura amb un psic leg de mentalitat sorprenentment oberta evocant certs records del sanatori de la Muntanya M gica de Thomas Mann La vida la mort i u fem durant el temps ue ens ha estat conceditI la lli mai s tard per obrir els ulls i per ser valent i actuarEmocionant i melanc licaAix s literatura aix d na gust llegir Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, your thoughts for some time after Her Husbands Christmas Bargain you ve turned the last pagePereira is an unusual hero an overweight man of advanced age a lonely widower whose dreams he never reveals a man who talks to the portrait of his deceased wife Pereira works as head of the Cultural Section in the local newspaper Lisboa at the period of increasing oppression of the Salazar regime in the Portugal of the late 30s and despite the obvious internal repression in fascist Europe he is not interested in politicsPereira is na ve or maybe he wants to be He doesn t want to know what the real situation in Lisbon is like he devotes his own life to literature and he feels contented eating his omelettes aux fines herbs in the bar below the editorial where he works His life is uncomplicated and easy goingBut his peace of mind starts to change when he meets Mario Rossi and his girlfriend Marta a The Geography of Witchcraft young couple who start talking about terms like justice or revolution Pereira finds himself unwittingly or willingly involved with the Hold On To Me young couple and starts helping them triggering a series of symbolic events which make him rethink his entire existence and put his sense of justice to the limitTabbuchi masters the language in order to evoke the atmosphere of Lisbon in the 30s he writes in a beautiful and simple prose making it impossible to stop reading once Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law you ve startedDespite it being a short novel the story evolves at a pace that allows Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, you to enjoy the smallest of details a swim in the open ocean during a scorching day in August a disturbing encounter on a train chats about health and literature with a surprisingly open minded Psychologist evoking memories of the sanatorium in The Magic Mountain by Thomas MannThis novel is about life death and what we do during the time we have been grantedAnd the lesson it is never too late to open

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Ipresente polizia politica dalla stretta ulteriore dovuta alla confinante guerra civile spagnola E lui Pereira si occupa sbadatamente di necrologi e ricorrenze ansioso soltanto di ristorarsi al Café Oruídea e di correre a casa per collouiare col ritratto della moglie morta Poi però il caso lo fa imbattere in una coppia di meravigliosi fidanzati antifascisti e l'epilogo tragico della loro conoscenza lo costringe a una sofferta presa di coscienza che culmina in un gesto e in una fuga verso la democraziaUscito nel 1994 il romanzo ha fatto per la prima volta co. If you re into stuff like this you can read the full review but I feel I must tell you that originally we were Lusitanians and then came the Romans and the Celts and then came the Arabs so what sort of race are we Portuguese in a position to celebrate The Portuguese Race replied the editor in chief and I am sorry to say Pereira that I don t like the tone of your objection we are Portuguese we discovered the world we achieved the greatest feats of navigation the world over and when we did this in the 16th century we were already Portuguese that is what we are and that is what you are to celebrate Pereira In Pereira Declares by Antonio TabucchiI read this in a Portuguese translation from the Italian than ten years ago if memory serves me right I haven t come across anything uite like it and I still have a place in my heart for portly perspiring Pereira with his omelets and his uiet but subversive decency This time this wonderful translation by Patrick Creagh just made my dayIn a narrative that does not want a puzzle Tabucchi uses a very similar resource to the one used by Isaac Bashevis Singer that of telling alien stories supposedly collected from conversations with real people and not hiding it in the book s writing Pereira Declares is a book that walks slowly seeking to situate the scenario through which the characters walk without extending the descriptions but worried to leave the reader with significant details about the characters as for example the custom of Pereira to take Lemonades and the same path every day Alongside this there is a concern for philosophical discussions or at least the ones that foster deeper reflections One can use as an example both the theory of the confederation of souls and the hegemonic hegemony proposed by Dr Cardoso as well as Pereira s trajectory If you re into Lusitania read on


10 thoughts on “Sostiene Pereira

  1. says:

    It’s 1938 the time of the Spanish Civil War Fascism under Franco of Spain is creeping into neighboring Portugal as well under its dictator

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    Reasons of the HeartGiving unto Caesar is considered by most Christians to be a strict reuirement of citizenship From the payment of taxes to th

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    It was one of those days when I had a good meal; the fresh herbs the right salt the approachable variety the generous portions the nice host I walked back home with a content smile Upon unlocking the door a whiff of scented potpourri filled my senses and I sunk on my couch thinking 'a day well spent a tummy well

  4. says:

    What a lovely piece of writing it is I really do not want to waste your time that you could devote to read the story itself so I'll try to be brief Like in The Reuiem the previous story by Tabucchi I've read we are in scorching Lisbon again where a chubby mid aged journalist named Pereira every day talking with a photogr

  5. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full review“ but I feel I must tell you that originally we were

  6. says:

    Young people they can be a real pain when they play Daft Punk and that is not a randomly capitalized ualifying adjective I mean Daft Punk at a volume level that stuns the snoozing song thrush out the tree or when they turn the night time inner city streets into alcohol fuelled yodelling and technicolour burping festivals

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    UPDTAED 2013 August 28th Translated from Catalan to EnglishWhen a book makes you thinkDisguised as an endearing story sweet and juicy as a ripe summer peach “Sostiene Pereira is a novel that will remain in your thoughts for some time after you've turned the last pagePereira is an unusual hero an overweight man of advanced age a lonely widower whose dreams he never reveals a man who talks to the portrait of h

  8. says:

    I enjoyed every minute spent with this book It is short and it is presented as a mystery two things I usually avoid Still I ended up loving it exactly as it was You've got a journalist writing the culture section of an evening paper in Lisbo

  9. says:

    Set in Lisbon in 1938 when fascism was running riot across Europe a lonely obese middle aged man follows his heart Read it to discover one of the most unassuming heroes in literature

  10. says:

    Obsessed suddenly and unexplainably with death Doctor Pereira seeks out a journalist who has written a magazine article on the subject They meet at a restaurant Monteiro Rossi is young not obsessed with death but with life Charismatic he reminds Pereira of the son he has never had and his own youth which he will not talk about Monteiro Ross

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