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A few years ago I was on a trip through Spain and stopped in Sevilla. It was the beginning of August and incredibly hot. The heat was scorching and I was out sitting in a park, it was only 9 a. So not only was it hot but quite humid. I had not specific plans but just wandered the city and stopped in parks, bars, restaurants and spoke to people.

There is just something I can relate to on a deeper level than with most other authors. His characters,be it in Indian Nocturne or in Requiemare always looking for someone. Sometimes the person is real, sometimes the person is just some sort of magnet which attracts the narrator but what he really is looking for is himself. In Requiem the nameless narrator finds himself aimlessly wandering through the sweltering city of Lisbon. The person the narrator will meet is the famous writer Fernando Pessoa.

As tabcuchi as the story may be, it is on the other hand described in an amazingly realistic way and you have the feeling to be antono and explore the city through the eyes and the other senses of the narrator. It is an atmospherical and sensual account at the same time. Things they cook with leftovers. A frequent ingredient is bread. Requiem is a complex book and can be read in many different ways. To fully appreciate it, I would have to read it once more.

The love for Portugal and Lisbon, the quest-like search. The admiration for Pessoa.

Requiem by Antonio Tabucchi

The mysteries and complexities of life. What I liked best is that reading Requiem felt so much like exploring a city as a traveller not so much as a tourist. There will always be someone in a foreign city who will show you something which is worth discovering. A hidden street, a secret corner, a bar to which only the natives go. Tabucchi mentions Antoio music and this reminded me of the wonderful singer Misia and her fados. Her videos are all visually compelling. This one was directed by John Turturro.

While finishing the book I discovered that the book requirm been made into a movie by Tabuccni filmmaker Alain Tanner. You can watch the whole of it on YouTube. Caroline — A lovely post about Requiem. I think your inclusion of the personal here gets at just the sort of response one has to Tabucchi so often, which is something intimate and personal and even multiplyingin that one seems to be drawn into his work — perhaps in Requiemthis Pessoan prose poem, more than any other — almost as a character, as though you the reader are a part of the story, that person waiting, that person, perhaps, for whom the narrator is waiting, or maybe another, waiting and watching in the shadows.


I recall having an exceptionally strange and wonderful dream the night after I finished this book, which is only now, thanks to your post, beginning to come back to me. Two other short notes: Silly question… In dreams we know things in a different way. It was so lucky that I found the movie.

Until Sunday I had no idea of it. On the other hand I have never been in Portugal and there is only one Portuguese restaurant here. I need to try, preferrably in Lisbon though.

Although come to think of it, the food tequiem Requiem is less national than regional. Pick a different region, say a coastal region, and tabucchl cod and clams and similar ingredients come into play. Ah, Portuguese cuisine is so rich.

You, Caroline, and Scott know him better, though, and may have a longer, deeper list. The recipes all included either the one or the other. Bread and bean soups all sounded nice. Yes, absolutely, they are regional, from the Alentejo region. This love for Portugal is quite special but waht I like most about him is the very evocative descriptions and the quest. The mix of dream reqiiem reality.

I like the mix of dream and reality you mention, too, but I think it is a common Modernist device. I am more curious about what is unique about Tabucchi.

Ah, yes pork — I wrote it French. The mood and atmopshere are quite typically Tabucchi. You know how they say that the Portuguese word saudade cannot really be translated. That title alone is infused with saudade. Of course the best way to eat the typical Lisbon sardine is on a slice of bread, with the juice soaking it up. I absolutely want to visit Lisbon. Most certainly the fish. The recipes xntonio are mostly from the Alentejo region and heavy on porc and offal, two things I do not eat.

The bread dishes sounded quite interesting. No vegetables were mentioned but soup with egg and cheese. I antobio the bok was infused with this antojio well. Oh this was a great review for me to read to encourage me to make time for a Tabucchi novel this week. I requuiem the idea of protagonists fascinated by quests, which are in the final analysis, quests for their own sense of self.


I think he would be very much an author to your liking. Very multi-layered and complex. As you wrote Tabucchi seems to bear rereading. As you also alluded to I think reading several of his works will yield connections and insights.

Perhaps this Tabucchi reading week will also convey some of these insights as we each read commentary across multiple blogs! I think that this is part of the experience of reading and discussing great books. They tell us and make us think about aspects of ourselves. I realized during this week that I missed reading more than one book of an author precisely because in the work of good authors, one book echos the other and there is a whole connected fabric in the end.

I also agree that books which make us think about ourselves or remnd us of things past make for a much more intimate reading experience. It will be very interesting once there are even more reviews. I wish I had time for a third one.

I like the way you describe the book and not many books can give such impression you have explained above. Thanks a lot, Novia. I suppose he speaks to me more than most other authors. He mentions food a lot in Pierra Maintains as well. While reading that novel I was able to get a sense of Portuguese culture and the people.

Requiem: A Hallucination

That reminds me, I need to write my review. I hope to have it done by Monday. I liked your personal commentary. Yes, I hope you will manage to write the review. Food is decidedly antnio major theme. What a rich, multi-layered post, Caroline. I too liked the personal reference. The videos are wonderful—an added bonus. I would love to visit Portugal now.

Requiem – Antonio Tabucchi

I hope you will rqeuiem whichever Tabucchi you pick. I would love taking photos there. It must be very picturesque, well worth taking pictures. Should be nice as well.

What a lovely review — it was a little more meandering than usual, which seems appropriate given the subject matter. Have you read that? I think you might like it. Thanks for drawing my attention to this writer.

I hope you will like it. Everyone should read it. Thnaks for the nudge. Thanks for this wonderful review and for sharing what Tabucchi means to you. You leave the book richer than when you started. I want to read Ann Radcliffe now.