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  • Published: 1 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9780141997384
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

Pereira Maintains

A Testimony

The much-loved masterpiece from one of the key figures of twentieth-century Italian literature

In the sweltering summer of 1938, with Lisbon in the grip of Portugal's dictatorship of António Salazar, a journalist is coming to terms with the rise of fascism around him and its insidious impact on his work. Consumed by the passing of his wife and the child he never had, Pereira lives a quiet and lonely existence. One day, the young and charismatic Monteiro Rossi enters his life, changing everything. A man who once shied away from criticising Portugal's authoritarian regime finds himself unable to stay quiet any longer, resulting in his political awakening and a devastating act of rebellion.

  • Published: 1 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9780141997384
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

About the author

Antonio Tabucchi

Antonio Tabucchi was born in Pisa in 1943, where he still lives. His previous fiction includes Little Misunderstandings of No Importance and Indian Nocturne - now a film - which won the Prix Medici Etranger in 1987. Both of these titles are published by Vintage.

Tim Parks, the translator, lives in Italy and has won critical acclaim for his own writing.

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Praise for Pereira Maintains

Mysterious, menacing, enthralling and mind-bending ... a masterpiece of compression

Mohsin Hamid

Pereira Maintains is small only in size. Its themes are great ones?courage, betrayal, fidelity, love, corruption; and its treatment of them is subtle, skillful, and clear. It's so clear, in fact, that you can see a very long way down, into the heart of a flawed but valiant human being, into the sickness of a nation, into the depths of political evil. It's the most impressive novel I've read for years, and one of the very few that feels truly necessary

Philip Pullman

Gripping and unexpected

The Times

Brilliant ... you'll go on thinking about the characters for weeks


A work in the high aesthetic mode, a historical novel cast in delicately evocative prose and filled with witty references to the great figures of modern European literature. In it Italians could examine their political consciences through an artful image of another country's past. The pleasures to be had from Pereira Maintains are rich and varied, but best of all it's very enjoyable

The New York Times

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

Alan Cheuse, NPR

A stunningly good novel, and it goes on getting better in one's head after one has stopped reading it - it works as an experience - something that has happened to one, which is of course the proof of great writing

Diana Athill

A brilliant, profound book that also manages to be a thriller

Roddy Doyle

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