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The Book of Disquiet

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    A Magnum Opus from an Underrated Writer

    Fernando Pessoa, a Portuguese writer, has been below the radar for some time now. At times his name resurfaces in literary reviews but it seems he is doomed to obscurity as he was when he was living.

    Admittedly, Pessoa is not for everyone. However if you find yourself wondering about the minutiae of life and feeling at times a certain disconnect with the world then he may be the writer for you.

    Pessoa writes from the point of view of Bernardo Soares, a bookkeeper disassociated from his coworkers and living mostly in his mind. The book is written in numbered vignettes, with more than 300 musings on life and its daily occurrences. This book is best read as a sort of reference, a loner's bible at times comic and tragic, where you can flip to any page and read an inspirational or sympathetic quote.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2004

    Portuguese prose with universal relevance

    This is a beautifully honest work from Lisbon's favorite son. Each turn of the page unearths a new revelation on life, love, and possession... His gift for ponderance of both the mundane and the holy is haunting. Sensually written, painstaking translated, worth every effort.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2001

    An Acute Study in Human Nature

    Fernando Pessoa, in The Book of Disquiet, offers a startling look at the life of one Bernardo Soares, a heteronym very close to Pessoa's own personality. In each diary entry that comprises this rare novel, the reader is brought to a keen sense of awareness through Soares' seemingly simple daily observations, which marks The Book of Disquiet as a deeply satisfying reading experience. Though Pessoa's language, or simply the language of the translation, is sometimes dense, it is language used in the best sense of the word. Every passage is poetry, and because of this it need not even be read in order. For the introduction alone, the book is worth the purchase. One can't say enough about this unique and beautiful novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Terrific

    A wonderful book, highly recomended.

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  • Posted May 25, 2013

    No literature library is complete without it.

    I put off purchasing the book for a while because, when I first heard of it, the spring semester was in full swing. If I had bought it then, I would've constantly been tempted to read it when I knew I should've been reading stuff for my classes. Now that I've had time to dive into it, I can truthfully state that I've never read anything quite like it. It's strange at times; it's bizarre at times; it's morbid at times; it's blunt and cold at times;, but thought-provoking is always its consistent description. If you're into modernist literature, then you'll regard this book in high esteem--and, no, that is not a sales pitch.

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