Pereira Maintains

Pereira Maintains

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AUTHOR: Antonio Tabucchi
PUBLISHED: 21st July 2011
ISBN: 9781847679369
£8.99

In the sweltering summer of 1938 in Portugal, a country under the fascist shadow of Spain, a mysterious young man arrives at the doorstep of Dr Pereira. So begins an unlikely alliance that will result in a devastating act of rebellion. This is Pereira's testimony.
'A masterpiece of compression. A political history of 1930s Portugal, a love story between a man and his dead wife, a gloriously successful formal experiment, and an irresistible thriller - and it can be read with enormous pleasure in a single afternoon.', Mohsin Hamid
'<I>Pereira Maintains</I> is small only in size. Its themes are great ones - courage, betrayal, fidelity, love, corruption; and its treatment of them is subtle, skilful, 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
'Close to being a perfect novel - brief, tragic, inspiring', John Carey, Chairman of the International Man Booker 2002
'Pereira is a marvelously complex creation. One of the most intriguing and appealing character studies in recent European fiction.', Kirkus Reviews
'Every word of Mohsin Hamid's introduction is true: it's a stunningly good novel,
and it goes on getting better in one's head after one has stopped reading it -
it works as an <I>experience</I> - something that has happened to one, which is
of course, the proof of great writing.', Diana Athill

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