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The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro - Antonio Tabucchi, J.C. Patrick
The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro
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Antonio Tabucchi's new novel The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro continues the experiment so successfully begun with his Pereira Declares (New Directions, 1994) -- a European best-seller and winner of the prestigious Aristeion European Literature Prize in 1997. Tabucchi has now written a... show more
Antonio Tabucchi's new novel The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro continues the experiment so successfully begun with his Pereira Declares (New Directions, 1994) -- a European best-seller and winner of the prestigious Aristeion European Literature Prize in 1997. Tabucchi has now written a thriller, but one with a subtle intellectual depth not usual in that genre. The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro intriguingly reflects on current social issues: crime, police corruption, yellow journalism, and the courts -- both of the law and of public opinion. Tabucchi hooks the reader on page one of this book and the story advances with electric and unflagging suspense. A gypsy discovers a headless body; Firmino, a young journalist who writes for a scandal-sheet, takes up the case; the headless corpse turns out to be that of one Damasceno Monteiro, an employee at an import-export company who, having stumbled upon a heroin smuggling ring at his work, had stolen a drug shipment; and, the police are supressing evidence -- all the stuff of familiar daily news, here made riveting in the hands of a rare and brilliant writer.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780811216043 (0811216047)
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
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5.0 The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro
Have you ever thought of someone you haven’t thought of for years and then, suddenly, heard from them in that same instant you thought of them?This novel provided me with a similarly eerie experience. I have just finished reading Kafka’s The Trial last night, which made me ponder over a book by the ...
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