Pereira Maintains

AUTHOR: Antonio Tabucchi
PUBLISHED: 6th August 2015
ISBN: 9781782116318

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'The most impressive novel I've read for years' PHILIP PULLMAN


In the sweltering summer of 1938, with Lisbon in the grip of Portugal's fascist dictatorship, out of nowhere a young man arrives on an elderly widower's doorstep. Lonely and overweight, Dr Pereira lives a quiet, monotonous existence. But when the charismatic Monteiro Rossi bursts into his life, everything changes. Seeing in him the son he never had, Pereira strikes up an unlikely alliance that will result in his political awakening and a devastating act of rebellion. This is his testimony.
'<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
'A brilliant, profound book that also manages to be a thriller', Roddy Doyle
'Brilliant . . . you'll go on thinking about the characters and the way it's written for weeks', Guardian
'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
'Gripping and unexpected', The Times

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