7 dic. 2008


Antonio Tabucchi. Il filo dell'orizonte. 1988. 105 pp.

This is a rather slight novel. A guy named Spino (Spinoza?) works at the morgue; a body comes in, as the result of a shootout with the police. He is identified in his false documents as Carlo Noboldi, later Nobodi (nobody, get it?). Spino tries to identify the origin of this man by tracing back certain objects, such as a jacket made by a certain tailor in 1959. He is on a wild-goose chase. Someone sends him a message saying "What is Hecuba to you?" (quoting Hamlet). The novel basically ends as he realizes the futility of it all.

Maybe it would be better if I knew Italian and had been able to understand more of it.