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  • Published: 15 November 2015
  • ISBN: 9780914671244
  • Imprint: Archipelago
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $29.99
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Tristano Dies


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The novel opens with a man who receives a mysterious poem, and we learn that this man is dying a slow, agonizing death from gangrene of the leg. He will recall his past to a silent witness, a figure called only “writer,” and his story of war and romance will be intimately linked to the troubled past century of Italy. The narrator refers to himself in the third-person as Tristano, thereby transforming into a character in his own story. He recounts his experience as a soldier during the occupation of Greece by Italian and German fascists. Tristano witnesses the murder of Greek civilians by a German soldier and then immediately, by instinct, shoots the soldier; the Greeks revolt. Tristano has served as their catalyst. He is rescued by a Greek woman, Daphne, and will go on to fight with the Greek Resistance, return to Italy, and fight in the Italian Resistance.

  • Pub date: 15 November 2015
  • ISBN: 9780914671244
  • Imprint: Archipelago
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • 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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