Antonio Tabucchi

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Antonio Tabucchi : biography

September 24, 1943 – March 25, 2012

Antonio Tabucchi ( September 24, 1943 – March 25, 2012) was an Italian writer and academic who taught Portuguese language and literature at the University of Siena, Italy.

Deeply in love with Portugal, he was an expert, critic and translator of the works of Fernando Pessoa from whom he drew the conceptions of saudade, of fiction and of the heteronyms. Tabucchi was first introduced to Pessoa’s works in the 1960s when attending the Sorbonne. He was so charmed that, back in Italy, he attended a course of Portuguese language for a better comprehension of the poet.

His books and essays have been translated in 18 countries, including Japan. Together with his wife, María José de Lancastre, he translated many works by Pessoa into Italian and has written a book of essays and a comedy about the writer.

Tabucchi was awarded the French prize "Médicis étranger" for Indian Nocturne (Notturno indiano) and the premio Campiello, and the Aristeion Prize for Sostiene Pereira. In later life he was mentioned as a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature, a feat he never achieved.

Works

  • Piazza d’Italia (1975), ISBN 88-07-01458-0
  • Il piccolo naviglio (1978)
  • Il gioco del rovescio e altri racconti (1981, short story collection), ISBN 88-07-01354-1
  • Donna di Porto Pim (1983)
  • Indian Nocturne (Notturno indiano, 1984)
  • Little Misunderstandings of No Importance (Piccoli equivoci senza importanza, 1985, short story collection), ISBN 88-07-01306-1
  • Il filo dell’orizzonte (1986, short story collection), ISBN 88-07-01322-3
  • The Flying Creatures of Fra Angelico (I volatili del Beato Angelico, 1987) ISBN 978-1935744566
  • Pessoana mínima (1987)
  • I dialoghi mancati (1988), ISBN 88-07-05058-7
  • Un baule pieno di gente. Scritti su Fernando Pessoa (1990, essays), ISBN 88-07-05080-3
  • L’angelo nero (1991, short story collection), ISBN 88-07-01414-9
  • Sogni di sogni (1992)
  • Requiem: A Hallucination (Requiem: uma alucinação, 1991), ISBN 88-07-01433-5
  • Gli ultimi tre giorni di Fernando Pessoa (1994), ISBN 88-389-1056-1
  • Pereira Maintains (Sostiene Pereira, 1994), ISBN 88-07-01461-0
  • Dove va il romanzo (1995, essay), ISBN 88-86680-00-7
  • Carlos Gumpert, Conversaciones con Antonio Tabucchi (1995)
  • The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro (La testa perduta di Damasceno Monteiro, 1997), ISBN 88-07-01518-8
  • Marconi, se ben mi ricordo (1997), ISBN 88-397-0978-9
  • L’Automobile, la Nostalgie et l’Infini (1998)
  • La gastrite di Platone (1998), ISBN 88-389-1421-4
  • Gli Zingari e il Rinascimento (1999), ISBN 88-380-8010-0
  • Ena poukamiso gemato likedes (Una camicia piena di macchie. Conversazioni di A.T. con Anteos Chrysostomidis, 1999)
  • Dreams of Dreams and the Last Three Days of Fernando Pessoa (2000), ISBN 978-0-87286-368-2
  • It’s Getting Later All the Time (Si sta facendo sempre più tardi. Romanzo in forma di lettere, 2001), ISBN 88-07-01590-0
  • Autobiografie altrui. Poetiche a posteriori (2003), ISBN 88-07-42098-8
  • Tristano muore. Una vita (2004), ISBN 88-07-01646-X
  • Il tempo invecchia in fretta (2009)
  • Viaggi e altri viaggi (2010)
  • Racconti con figure (2011), ISBN 88-389-2494-5

Career

In 1978, he was appointed to the University of Genoa, and published Il piccolo naviglio, followed by Il gioco del rovescio e altri racconti in 1981, and Donna di porto Pim (1983). His first important novel, Indian Nocturne, was published in 1984, and became the basis of a 1989 a film directed by Alain Corneau. The protagonist tries to trace a friend who has disappeared in India but is actually searching for his own identity.