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4.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 5 4.17 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Antonio Tabucchi Narrator: Derek Jacobi Publisher: Canongate Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi with great feeling and style who also read it for Radio 4's book at bedtime broadcast. Set in the sweltering summer of 1938 in Portugal, a country under the Fascist shadow of Spain, Pereira Maintains tells a tale of reluctant heroism. An editor at a second-rate Lisbon newspaper, Dr Pereira, wants nothing to do with European politics. Something of a recluse, his closest confidante is a photograph of his late wife, and he is happy to immerse himself in stories from nineteenth-century French literature. All this changes when he meets Francesco Monteiro Rossi, an oddly charismatic young man. Pereira gives Rossi work, even after discovering that he is using the money to recruit for the anti-Franco International Brigade. Pereira Maintains chronicles Pereira's ascent to consciousness, culminating in a devastating and reckless act of rebellion. An extraordinary novel from one of Italy's most acclaimed contemporary writers read by Sir Derek Jacobi, one of Britain's best-loved actors who recently appeared in The Kings Speech. Tabucci is the author of 20 novels, nine of which have been translated into English.

He has been awarded many prestigious literary awards and prizes including the Premio Campiello, The Premio Viareggio and the Aristeion Prize for this book.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 11/5/2013

    " So solid. A small intimate political thriller about doing the right thing, set in Lisbon in 1938. Tabucchi has that quality that Hitchcock had, to make the most minor interactions seem momentous and sinister. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vera | 9/23/2013

    " Loved it!!! Pereira is a wonderful character... you almost feel like you know him! Thank you Barbara! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marion Hall | 2/16/2013

    " Amazing - read translation 'Pereira Maintains'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Giovanni | 12/31/2012

    " Un capolavoro. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alfredo | 6/11/2012

    " Reminds me of a saramago world, where he knows the character and takes you around in a very original way. Also a small glimpse of a changing democracy into a cruel dictatorship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Romano | 9/7/2011

    " An interesting short work. I enjoyed the author's writing style and the main character; however, the book overall lacked the depth and themes of major works. This is a very subtle work, in fact, it may be too subtle. "

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