By Antonio Tabucchi
The 8 tales contained in Antonio Tabucchi's Letters from Casablanca introduce to an American viewers a emerging Italian author (born 1943) whose exciting narrative innovations make the reader an energetic player in his paintings. every one tale may be noticeable from a minimum of views, and every protagonist may be noticeable as experiencing an goal "reality" or having his personal imagined and fairly in all probability distorted view of events.
Almost like a detective, the reader needs to try and puzzle out what has occurred, what dating X "really" has to Y. In "Dolores Ibarruri Sheds sour Tears," is the mother's record of her son's satisfied youth only a remembered mirage? Is existence inside of a Fitzgerald novel a video game invented by way of the narrator of "The Little Gatsby," or has the sport certainly changed the other fact? From the identify tale "Letter from Casablanca," with its double and triple inversions of our expectancies, to the ultimate innovations of "The Backwards Game," the place the writer performs with the assumption of reversing lifestyles and literature, the haunting topic of this extraordinary and profitable debut is: "Reality is disagreeable and also you favor dreams"––but transformed in teasing counterpoint via the remark that "sometimes truth surpasses the imagination." the writer signifies that the various tales are "true," however it is the reflecting and refining strength of artwork and language which focuses probably random occasions into styles of inevitability.