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The Washington Post Book World has written that Fernando Pessoa was "Portugal's greatest writer of the twentieth century [though] some critics would even leave off that last qualifying phrase" and "one of the most appealing European modernists, equal in command and range to his contemporaries Rilke and Mandelstam." The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa spans playful philos ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Grove/Atlantic (first published April 9th 2001)
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Florencia
Oct 09, 2014 Florencia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those in search of the revelation of souls through words.
A man may suffer as much in a suit of silks as in a sack or in a torn blanket. (31)

In these random impressions, and with no desire to be other than random, I indifferently narrate my factless autobiography, my lifeless history. These are my Confessions, and if in them I say nothing, it’s because I have nothing to say. (Excerpt from “The Book of Disquiet”, 191)

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There is a lot of things to mention about this book. I cannot possibly write about everything because an entire world lies in every paragr
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Dustyn Hessie
If you're new to Pessoa than you should probably always start with "The Book of Disquiet." This is not his best book, but Pessoa's prose, at it's worst, is still superior to Joyce, or Hemingway, or any other english writer for that matter.

The main thing that disturbs me about this book is the translator's lame commentary - it is utterly fruitless. In the translator's preface to "The Education of the Stoic" he states that Pessoa's insistence on heteronyms was a means for Pessoa to, "save [him] fr
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Arick
A great compilation of Pessoa's various types of prose. Expect excerpts of letters explaining his views on the occult, his genesis of heteronyms, a play, some short stories, etc. While the scope of this division in Pessoa's writing is vast, it makes sense, given the fragmented personality of the man himself. I found myself wanting more sections of The Book of Disquiet, but overall this is a great bundle of writings from a superb genius. I do not, however, recommend this as any sort of introducti ...more
Jessica C.
Engrossing and demanding. If a sliver of your attention had a date with Ranch Doritos while you attempted to digest the cud that Pessoa put in the black and the white of this collection (odd) collection by Richard Zenith, one Doritos that grabs that sliver by falling onto your lap and you're not there (Pessoa's designation for all) anymore. I suggest this book because a)It's an exercise like lifting weights for your brain and b)This quacker is very comical at times. I have a book of his poetry t ...more
Catherine
This is an excellent collection of Pessoa's prose. It features several selections from each of his heteronyms and I highly recommended it for those who are new to his work.
Mariano
"Man is an animal that almost exists." What the hell.
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Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa was a poet and writer.

It is sometimes said that the four greatest Portuguese poets of modern times are Fernando Pessoa. The statement is possible since Pessoa, whose name means ‘person’ in Portuguese, had three alter egos who wrote in styles completely different from his own. In fact Pessoa wrote under dozens of names, but Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis and Álvaro de
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