Periera is a common name in Portugal. When I first
showed the script to my Portuguese Lady friend, she picked up on it
right away. One question is, why is he in London? Does his presence
there connect with your novel? There is quite a multicltural element
to the script, even a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force
(to which my Dad, all his brothers and my Grandfather belonged).
The play is quite in character with what he told me about London
I'm not sure if the name has any meaning in Portuguese
but one might be tempted to do a bit of latinate parsing
to come up with father (pere) and anger (ire).
From: Sara Trevisan [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, July 19, 2004 6:22 AM
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Subject: What about Pereira?
First of all, thanks so much to all those who suggested the names of English
travelling writers in Ravenna.
I do have another question, though. I've just finished reading a famous
Italian novel called "Sostiene Pereira" (that is, "Claims Pereira" or
"Pereira Claims") by Antonio Tabucchi, issued in 1993. It's the story of a
Portuguese journalist living in Lisbon in the 1940s, during the Salazar
dictatorship. He publishes an article about the violence of the Salazarist
police and has to flee to France. The novel is narrated as if it were some
report (told by Pereira and re-told by a third person) spoken during a
trial, and most sentences include the phrase «Pereira claims [that]».
Antonio Tabucchi included a note at the end of the novel, stating that the
name of the main character was inspired by Eliot's passage «What about
Pereira?» in Sweeney Agonistes. I must admit I have never read the passage.
Could anyone post it? (the university library will be closed for a month and
I have no way of getting Eliot's work).
I thank you in advance.