A literary thriller of heroin rings and headless bodies uncovers social ills and corruption in modern day Portugal, whileas in all of Tabucchi's workblurring genre boundaries. 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.
"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."
Series: New Directions Paperbook
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 30th January 2005
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.7 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.21