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The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
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Nov 22, 07

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Read in August, 2005

Relatively unknown during his lifetime (having published only a single book of poems), Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) has since been recognized as a literary genius. A national hero in his native Portugal, he developed a style of writing based on the use of "heteronyms," of which he developed dozens. Following his death, a trunk was discovered containing over 25,000 pages of unpublished material from which this book was culled. Not a novel in any traditional sense, The Book of Disquiet, subtitled "A Factless Autobiography", is a haunting examination of what it means to be an individual. Faced with an overtly introspective temperament, Pessoa delved into the viscera of existential thought and emerged with a work both unforgettably harrowing and terrifyingly beautiful.
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