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For Isabel: A Mandala by Antonio Tabucchi

For Isabel: A Mandala

For Isabel: A Mandala by Antonio Tabucchi
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Sep 05, 2017 | 144 Pages
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[A] mandala of regret and forgiveness. In this sense, For Isabel, with its easy prose and vibrant scenes, may speak to anyone.” — World Literature Today

“[A] detective story, a fable of sorts, a tour of European cities and a series of wild and eccentric characters…  It’s a cliché to say it’s about the journey instead of the destination, but For Isabel finds a clever way to say it. ‘Just think of me as someone who searches,’ Tadeus says. And throughout the novel, the search is satisfying.” — GQ

“[FOR ISABEL is] more than the story of a missing girl; it is history recalled as though in a dream, hovering briefly, through the combination of Tabucchi’s elegiac prose and Harris’s lucid translation, over life and death.” — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“[O]ne man is journeying through concentric circles of evidence to uncover deeper ideas about truth … [T]here’s a satisfying richness to the whole, and translator Harris gracefully navigates the narrator’s tonal shift from gumshoe to spiritual seeker, making the story lyrical and surprising while avoiding airiness. An … engaging jaunt into the ineffable.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Tabucchi’s language is spare and lyrical, his narrative lush in history and character, and the novel ends on a quietly peaceful note that seems a fitting farewell to the author himself. For literary readers who like a mystical touch.” — Library Journal

“…A charming, eerie little tale — politically tinged, with a touch of mystery to it, and a spiritual element, yet none of which weigh too heavily on the story. For Isabel is, in the best sense, weird, with its unusual feel and (ir)reality.” — M.A.Orthofer , The Complete Review

“The one hundred luminous pages of For Isabel follow the narrator, Tadeus… Not only does he learn of Isabel’s fate, but he also arrives at a clearer understanding of photography, of writing, of the impermanence of life itself… Translated elegantly and seamlessly by Elizabeth Harris.” — Natalia Sakissian, Numéro Cinq Magazine

“An essential testament to Tabucchi’s talent, a masterwork written with diligence and care… The novel is an epitome of Tabucchi’s work, an account of exotic travels and blossoming, abstruse identities, a dream-like and ironic limbo… Literary alchemy.” — Javier Aparicio Maydeu, El Pais

“A masterfully written work made of pauses and delays, realistic details and openings into the fantastic… Tabucchi’s art is deployed here in all its force and fascination. It wins us over once again.” — Fabio Gambaro, Le Monde

“Tabucchi enters and expands his fictional universe, revisiting his beloved Lisbon and advancing his reflections on being and time. The novel is a perfect mix of diverse elements, of sudden twists and geographic flights; the plot is crafted with exquisite mastery, the story both engages and provokes.” — Paolo Mauri, La Repubblica

— Angelo Guglielmi, L’Unità

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