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Indian Nocturne by Antonio Tabucchi

Translated from the Italian, this winner of the Prix Medicis Etranger
for 1987 is an enigmatic novel set in modern India. Roux, the narrator,

is in pursuit of a mysterious friend named Xavier. His search, which
develops into a quest, takes him from town to town across the
subcontinent.

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My Review

A stranger in a strange town in a hot climate, amongst this takes place the arousing of senses with rich armours and colours, with poverty and corruption to hinder the soul, children in vast array littering the streets with nothing to do and nobody to care, he is in search for a certain person a man and in this first person narrative the author pulls you in to these new surroundings, sights, and smells, you read on in this search with a kind of curiosity in who is this person he seeks.
One minute it felt like a quite simple road and then the next it doesn’t and more mystery unravels. Economical in words like of would say of Hemingway’s writing of his encounters in Spain, with a rather clever working on identity tied into this journeying. The hotels he stays for only one night, the people he encounters, the scenery, the bugs and rodents all add to intrigue of this novella, a story that may have you musing over it for a time.
 

 

 

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 10 May 2013