Flying Creatures of Fra Angelico

By Antonio Tabucchi
Hypochondria, insomnia, restlessness, and yearning are the lame muses of these brief pages. I would have liked to call them Extravaganzas . . . because many of them wander about in a strange outside that has no inside, like drifting splinters. . . . Alien to any orbit, I have the impression they navigate in familiar spaces whose geometry nevertheless remains a mystery; let s say domestic thickets: the interstitial zones of our daily having to be, or bumps on the surface of existence . . . In them, in the form of quasi-stories, are the murmurings and mutterings that have accompanied and still accompany me: outbursts, moods, little ecstasies, real or presumed emotions, grudges, and regrets. Antonio Tabucchi on The Flying Creatures of Fra Angelico"

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 work has an almost palpable sympathy for the oppressed. "--The New York Times " By now the appearance of a new novel by Antonio Tabucchi is a literary event. "--World Literature Today " Like good short fiction, the stories in this volume act in ways that suggest a wider world outside the frame of the story. "--Sycamore Review " A witty and subtle meditation on the limitations of memory and imagination. --Nick Hornby, "Times Literary Supplement""" [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



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Publisher Archipelago Books
Publish date 09/21/2012
Pages 150
ISBN-13 9781935744566
ISBN-10 1935744569
Language English