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  • Published: 15 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9780914671053
  • Imprint: Archipelago
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 212
  • RRP: $29.99

Time Ages In A Hurry


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As the collection's title suggests, time's passage is the fil rouge of these stories.  All of Tabucchi's characters struggle to find routes of escape from a present that is hard to bear, and from places in which political events have had deeply personal ramifications for their own lives.  

Each of the nine stories in Time Ages in a Hurry is an imaginative inquiry into something hidden or disguised, which can be uncovered not by reason but only by feeling and intuition, by what isn't said.  Disquieted and disoriented yet utterly human in their loves and fears, the characters in these vibrant and often playful stories suffer from what Tabucchi once referred to as a "corrupted relationship with history." Each protagonist must confront phantoms from the past, misguided or false beliefs, and the deepest puzzles of identity--and each in his or her own way ends up experiencing "an infinite sense of liberation, as when finally we understand something we'd known all along and didn't want to know."

  • Pub date: 15 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9780914671053
  • Imprint: Archipelago
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 212
  • RRP: $29.99

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 Time Ages In A Hurry

“"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 "Tabucchi's work has an almost palpable sympathy for the oppressed." -- The New York Times "By now the appearance of a new novel by Antonio Tabucchi is a literary event." -- World Literature Today "[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, NPR's All Things Considered”


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