Requiem: A Hallucination (Reprint)

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.1 X 7.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author

Antonio Tabucchi was born in Pisa in 1943 and died in Lisbon, his adopted home, in 2012. Over the course of his career he won France's Medicis Prize for Indian Nocturne, the Italian PEN Prize for Requiem, and the Aristeion Prize for Pereira Maintains. A staunch critic of the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, he once said that "democracy isn't a state of perfection, it has to be improved, and that means constant vigilance."
For her translations of Spanish and Portuguese, Margaret Jull Costa has won the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize four times as well as the Premio Valle-Inclán, the International Dublin Literary Award, and the 2008 PEN Prize for best translation from any language for The Maias, by Eça de Queirós (New Directions, 2007).


Beautifully translated...perhaps his most accessible work to date.
Elegant, cosmopolitan, inventive and disquieting; his writing is, paradoxically, sensuous and economical.
Winner of the 1991 Italian PEN Prize, this playful bagatelle, translated from the original Portuguese, is partly an homage to Portuguese culture, partly a mellow autobiographical fantasy.
[A] wonderful, enchanting tribute to the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa... Aptly subtitled, this book brilliantly creates a story that, like a delicious cocktail, most readers will finish in one gulp and will return to savor.
This imagined world is created with elegance and complexity.--Robert Gray
[Tabucchi's books are] economical surreal-comic novellas. There's a cosmopolitan eeriness here.--Amit Chaudhuri