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The Book of Disquiet (Serpent's Tail Classics) (Paperback)
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
"Readers with a particular interest in modernism will find this work indispensable."--Publishers Weekly
"Pessoa's amazing personality is as beguiling and mysterious as his unique poetic output."--William Boyd
A self-deprecating reflection on the sheer distance between the loftiness of feelings and the humdrum reality of life, The Book of Disquiet is a classic of existentialist literature.
Fernando Pessoa, one of the founders of modernism, was born in Lisbon in 1888. Most of Pessoa's writing was not published during his lifetime: The Book of Disquiet was first published in Portugal in 1982.
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Fernando Pessoa, one of the founders of modernism, was born in Lisbon in 1888. He grew up in Durban, South Africa, where his stepfather was Portuguese consul. He returned to Lisbon in 1905 and worked as a clerk in an import-export company until his death in 1935. Most of Pessoa's writing was not published during his lifetime; The Book of Disquiet first came out in Portugal in 1982. Since its first publication, it has been hailed as a classic.