Salman Rushdie has paid tribute to Antonio Tabucchi after the Italian novelist lost his cancer battle on Sunday (25Mar12).
The writer and literature academic passed away in Lisbon, Portugal at the age of 68.
Fellow writer Rushdie took to his Twitter.com page on Sunday to pay his respects to Tabucchi and urge followers to read his 1984 novella Indian Nocturne.
He tweeted, "The great Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi died today. Read his beautiful, dreamlike Indian Nocturne (Notturno Indiano)."
Meanwhile, Antonio Di Pietro, the leader of the Italy of Values party, remembered Tabucchi as "a great intellectual (and) a refined writer".
A funeral is to be held in the Portuguese capital on Thursday (29Mar12).