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The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
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really liked it
bookshelves: started-reading, favorites, foreign, classics

I only got to skim through this book, but as others have noted, it's not really something that lends itself to being read from cover to cover in a few weeks. I had never heard of Pessoa when I picked this up - I was in the mood for a small paperback "biography" and thought this looked interesting.

At first, as I was reading it, Pessoa's thoughts seemed so random, but as I learned more about the "heteronyms" he wrote under, the complexity of his work quickly became apparent. I don't know how he managed to express such deep thoughts in the voice of a -- if only slightly -- different person. I'm not a voracious reader, but I can't think of another author who has created this kind of world of semi-autobiographical characters. Fascinating stuff.
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Fernando Pessoa
“There are ships sailing to many ports, but not a single one goes where life is not painful.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet


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