Stories with pictures

by Tabucchi, Antonio, 1943-2012,

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A masterful collection about intimacy, loneliness, and time, each inspired by different works of art, spanning the entirety of the great Italian writer's career.

In Stories with Pictures, Antonio Tabucchi responds to photographs, drawings, and paintings from his dual homelands of Italy and Portugal, among other European countries. The stories in this collection spring forth from the shadows of Tabucchi's imagination, as he steps into worlds just hidden from view. From inscrutable masks of pre-Columbian gods, stamps of bright parrots and postcars of yellow cities, portraits of devilish Portuguese nuns, the way to these remote landscapes appear like a "train emerging from a thick curtain of heat." As we peer through the curtain, what we find on the other side rings distinctly human, a world charged with melancholic longing for time gone by. "Sight, hearing, voice, word" Tabucchi writes, "this flow isn't in one direction, the current is back and forth." Reading these stories, one feels the pendulum current, and the desire in this remarkable author to hold the real in the surreal.
Author's note
Adagios : So long
Rainy evening on a Holland dike
Bernardo Soares on holiday
The painter and his creatures
A window onto the unknown
Story of the man of paper
Dreaming with Dacosta
On the road to Möbius
An unforgettable night
Hold it
don't wake up
A discovered letter
Double enigma
The minotaur's headaches
A midwinter night's dream
Andantes, con brio : The heirs are grateful
A difficult decision
The lady-with-the-hat
A curandeiro in the city on the water
Ariettas : The arrival of Doctor Pereira
The fixed traveler
Like a mirror
Portraits of Stevenson
Spices, lace, distant journeys
Dear wall, I'm writing you
Diary of Crete, with hues of sinopia
Outside terraces, inside terraces
Parisian cafés
For a catalogue that isn't
Translator's note

Additional Information
Subjects Intimacy (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Loneliness -- Fiction.
Time -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher Brooklyn, NY2021
Edition First Achipelago Books edition
Other Titles Racconti con figure.
Contributors Harris, Elizabeth, 1996- translator.
Language English
Description 209 pages : color illustrations, plates ; 17 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 203).
ISBN 193981068X
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