Unfinished Business

For Isabel, a Mandala by Antonio Tabucchi and translated by Elizabeth Harris is a small novel with a big message. This is a contemplative story about a dead Polish writer named Tadeus who returns to Earth from a star. His desire to discover what became of Isabel, a former lover, fuels his quest.

Acting like a true detective, Tadeus works In connected concentric circles tracking down and interviewing people who knew Isabel. Each ring in his circle leads him to his ultimate goalIsabel.

This is a fantastic story which offers much with regard to the brevity and meaning of life. It lost me a little near the end, but overall, the writing is excellent! I recommend it.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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