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Indian Nocturne

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Indian Nocturne, Antonio Tabucchi, book review The back cover of my copy of Antonio Tabucchi’s Indian Nocturne proclaims it to be a “prizewinning modern masterpiece” and the front cover carries a quotation from Salman Rushdie with just the one word “Beautiful”. I have to agree that Indian Nocturne is a fascinating and intriguing little book though I might perhaps draw the line at the adjective chosen from Mr Rushdie. If Indian Nocturne has one quality that’s seldom found in Rushdie’s work it would be brevity rather than beauty.

Indian Nocturne follows a man in search of an old friend who has disappeared. The protagonist is not fully identified, referring to himself by various aliases including the name Roux, short for an old Portuguese nickname based on the word for nightingale.


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Pereira Maintains

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Pereira Declares: A Testimony By Antonio TabucchiPereira Maintains” is set in Lisbon during the swelteringly hot summer of 1938, a time when the Spanish Civil War was just coming to a close, while war loomed on the horizon in other parts of Europe. Pereira, of the novel’s title, is a former crime reporter but now edits the culture pages for a small circulation independent evening newspaper. It’s clearly a drop in stature for Pereira but he takes his work very seriously. When Pereira, who has never gotten over the death of his wife, reads an article about death which moves him greatly, he tracks down the penniless young author and offers him a job as his assistant, writing obituaries for literary figures.

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