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 goal — Isabel.
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.