The Woman Of Porto Pim

Antonio Tabucchi


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Archipelago Books
23 April 2013
ISBN: 9781935744740
120 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Tim Parks

By Antonio Tabucchi, one of the most renowned voices in European literature and the foremost Italian writer of his generation, The Woman of Porto Pim is made up of enchanting fragments about the archipelago of the Azores. Told by a visiting Italian writer, himself a collector of the inhabitants’ legends, relics, and histories, the tales include that of a rich married woman’s forbidden love with a humble Azorean fisherman during WWII, and a whaling expedition of eras past.

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] 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