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The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

A prize-winning international classic, first published in English in 1993, now with a new foreword by William Boyd.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846687358
Publisher: Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 01/18/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 304,636
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) was born in Lisbon and brought up in Durban, South Africa. He returned to Lisbon in 1905. A prolific writer, ascribing his work to a variety of personas or heteronyms, Pessoa published little in his lifetime and supported himself by working as a commercial translator. Although acknowledged as an intellectual and a poet, his literary genius went largely unrecognized until after his death.
Richard Zenith (editor, translator) lives in Lisbon, where he works as a freelance writer, translator, and critic. His translations include Galician-Portuguese troubadour poetry; novels by Antonio Lobo Antunes; Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet; Fernando Pessoa and Co.: Selected Poems, which won the 1999 American PEN Award for Poetry in Translation; and Education by Stone: Selected Poems, which won the Academy of American Poets’ Harold Morton Landon Translation Award in 2006. In 2012, he was awarded Portugal’s Pessoa Prize. 

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The Book of Disquiet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
LoadOf27 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
November-Owl More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book, highly recomended.
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