The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro

By Antonio Tabucchi
Antonio Tabucchi, Italy's premier writer and a best-selling author throughout Europe, draws together Manolo the gypsy, Firmino, a young tabloid journalist with a weakness for Lukacs and Vittorini, and Don Fernando, an overweight lawyer with a professed resemblance to the actor Charles Laughton, to solve a murder that leads far up and down Portugal's social ladder. As the investigation leads deeper into Portugal's power structure, the novel defies expectations, departing from the formulaic twists of a suspense story to consider the moral weight of power and its abuse.


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"The Missing Head is among Tabucchi's most controversial books for its insistence that even in such evolved societies as those of contemporary Portugal and Italy, a kind of lowercase fascism not only continues to flourish but is too often supported by the supposedly anti-authoritarian forces that control the levers of power."




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Publisher New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish date 02/01/2005
Pages 192
ISBN-13 9780811216043
ISBN-10 0811216047
Language English

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