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The Woman of Porto Pim


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One of the most beloved writers of his generation, Antonio Tabucchi was born in Pisa in 1943 and died in Lisbon in 2012. A master of short fiction, he won the Prix Medicis Etranger for Indian Nocturne, the Italian PEN Prize for Requiem- A Hallucination, the Aristeion European Literature for Pereira Declares, and was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. Together with his wife, Maria Jose de Lancastre, Tabucchi translated much of the work of Fernando Pessoa into Italian. Tabucchi's works include Little Misunderstandings of No Importance, Letter from Casablanca, andThe Edge of the Horizon. Tim Parks teaches literary translation at IULM University in Milan. He is a literary critic and the author of An Italian Education, The Server, Dreams of Rivers and Seas, and Teach Us to Sit Still. Twice winner of the John Florio Prize for translation, Parks has translated works by Alberto Moravia, Italo Calvino, Roberto Calasso, Niccol Machiavelli, Fleur Jaeggy, and Antonio Tabucchi.


"What a strange and wonderful book this is! If, like me, you are interested in shipwrecks, whales, the Azores and the unique way in which only literature can bring a location to life, and if you like the unclassifiable, small works by authors such as Michael Ondaatje and Italo Calvino - then have I got the book for you ... Wildly inventive." - Ethan Rutherford, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Tabucchi's prose creates a deep, near-profound and sometimes heart-wrenching nostalgia and constantly evokes the pain of recognizing the speed of life's passing which everyone knows but few have the strength to accept ... Wonderfully thought-provoking and beautiful. -Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered

Ruminative, elegiac and mordantly funny, Mr. Tabucchics prose conjures a state between waking and dreaming. -The New York Times

There is in Tabucchi's stories the touch of the true magician, who astonishes us by never trying too hard for his subtle, elusive, and remarkable effects. -The San Francisco Examiner

A witty and subtle meditation on the limits of memory and imagination. -Nick Hornby, Times Literary Supplement

Elegant, cosmopolitan, inventive, ambitious, and disquieting; his writing is, paradoxically, sensual and economical. -Boston Review

Meticulously crafted . . . marked by wit, emotion, memory, and lost grandeur. -Publishers Weekly

"On a final note, I must add that this reviewer had the pleasure of reading The Woman of Porto Pim at the seaside. If at all possible, I recommend all others do the same. I imagine, however, that Tabucchi's prose, and Parks's translation, would allow the sea to come to you, wherever you may find yourself reading." - Monika Seger, World Literature Today

Like good short fiction, the stories in this volume act in ways that suggest a wider world outside the frame of the story. -Sycamore Review

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