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35 Sonnets

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35 Sonnets is poetry book by Fernando Pessoa published in 1918.
Published (first published January 1st 1999)
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Do you know the painting by the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte, where a well-dressed young man stands in front of a mirror, but chillingly the mirror reflects the back of his head, not his face? That is the feeling one has when reading these poems. An unsettling feeling; a feeling of distance and distortion. A fleeting sense that all is not quite as it appears.

Interestingly, the painting "La Reproduction Interdite" ("Not to be Reproduced") of 1937 is a portrait which is also of a poet,
Sep 18, 2015 Abeer rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, portugal, europe
I'd never read any Pessoa before and I plan on reading The Book of Disquiet, but I wanted to get a feel of his style and this was short and lovely. He's quite painful to read because he's confused and nauseous right before your eyes, and it's blurry and full of headache, loss and self hatred. The subtle juxtaposition of the form of the sonnet and the horror and confusion and annihilation of both self and the meaning of being is really strange and powerful, I think since they're very short I'll ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Mari rated it really liked it
This is the first time I've read Pessoa's poetry and I don't know why it took me so long. His poetry is as strange as the man himself. These sonnets are dark and existential and invoke a certain feeling. If you love reading strange, unusual, philosophical writing you will no doubt enjoy Fernando Pessoa.
Marti Martinson
I like Pessoa; at least, I like to think I would have liked him, would have liked to have had salad, folar de chaves, and wine with him at some Lisbon sidewalk cafe....but there's his poetry. I either like his poems or do not, completely. There is never any middle ground it seems. Still, one must give credit to anyone that writes original works in a language foreign to them, not in their "mother tongue".

I have read and reviewed the Penguin Books Pessoa collection A Littler Larger Than the Entire
Jun 27, 2016 Naomi rated it really liked it
I'm also reading the Book of Disquiet and I think the works go together nicely - brilliant and just plain weird at times. But every now and then an absolutely perfect phrase.
The first one is a standout:

"...Our soul from us is infinitely far. However much we give our thoughts the will To be our soul and gesture it abroad, Our hearts are incommunicable still..."
Feb 10, 2014 Ryan rated it liked it
Not feeling the sonnets. Annoying style, though I love Pessoa's quotes. I think I probably picked the worst place to start reading. Maybe at another time in my life I'll have the patience to read these slower.
Jul 24, 2014 Katy rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
I liked that he used an old form of poetry and his themes were ahead of his time, but nothing spoke to me
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I love him. For the unsettled feeling. For unease beating.

“I love my love for thee more than I love thee.”
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Nov 29, 2014 Bill Tucker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won't lie to you and claim that I understood all that Pessoa crammed into these sonnets. They are an existential feast, from which I was able to find nourishment.
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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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