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The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition (Hardcover)

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A writer friends of mine told me the other day that everybody should go through an obsessive Pessoa phase. 'How much better if that phase were never to end,' I thought. Pessoa's classic (in a wonderful new translation by a master translator) is the quintessential example of a book that took a lifetime to write, and has been a lifeline for so many.

— Brad


The Book of Disquiet is the Portuguese modernist master Fernando Pessoa's greatest literary achievement. An "autobiography" or "diary" containing exquisite melancholy observations, aphorisms, and ruminations, this classic work grapples with all the eternal questions. Now, for the first time the texts are presented chronologically, in a complete English edition by master translator Margaret Jull Costa. Most of the texts in The Book of Disquiet are written under the semi-heteronym Bernardo Soares, an assistant bookkeeper. This existential masterpiece was first published in Portuguese in 1982, forty-seven years after Pessoa's death. A monumental literary event, this exciting, new, complete edition spans Fernando Pessoa's entire writing life.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811226936
ISBN-10: 081122693X
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Pages: 488
Language: English