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In the city of Lisbon, Requiem’s narrator has an appointment to meet someone on a quay by the Tagus at twelve. Misunderstanding twelve to mean noon as opposed to midnight, he is left to wait. As the day unfolds he has many unexpected encounters – with a young drug addict, a disorientated more
taxi driver, a cemetery keeper, the mysterious Isabel and the ghost of the late great poet Fernando Pessoa – each meeting travelling between the real and illusionary. Part travelogue, part autobiography, part fiction, Requiem becomes an homage to a country and its people, and a farewell to the past as the narrator lays claim to a literary forebear who, like himself, is an evasive and many-sided personality.