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Thinking perhaps I’d list them here, in my review. David Jackson, Yale University. I make landscapes out of what I feel.

The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa | : Books

Children, who want at all costs to have their way, are closest to God, for they want to exist. But, if you can’t do that, if you are not an artist View all 14 comments.

An abandoned shack that has fallen in disuse. I pick up my pen. I will go and I won’t know how to come back. In the pesoa, these insights whether they be about life in general, or whether they gave me insights into certain types of people with tendencies like the narratorwere often profound enough to elevate this book to quite a high status.

Pessoa’s writing really consumed me at times.

Do you want to make the world a better place, or be the best you can be? Growing in one language means leaving the other behind. It seems like it could never be finished, which makes it an almost perfect manifestation of modernism. Before I go to sleep, thoughts wash over me, turning around in my head, taking five paths at once and dancing in harmony. Here is the only Portuguese literary joke I know: This just might be the 15th, 18th or 19th ‘top 10’ book that I have ever read. Things could be a lot worse.


Richard Zenith, the editor and translator of this stunning, haunting, and achingly beautiful paean to the imaginary potentiality of man, has compiled the definitive edition of this tome in a truly outstanding translation that captures the expressive eloquence of Pessoa and his magical, metaphorically disqujet manner of fernwndo word images to portray his unique way of life.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. I keep whole a heart, Given over to Unreal destinies. It would become prey out of its web. The jester is no longer a concept, but a living thing in need of adventures and adjectives.

Prepossessing Aphorisms It’s hard to say how much readers are expected to distance themselves from the ostensible authors or their philosophy. How could anyone find despair beautiful? I don’t want to be precious about the definition of the word “novel”.

‘The Book of Disquiet’ Is the Weirdest Autobiography Ever

The lofty possibilities of each one are combined into rich sensations. Who else but the Germans could conceive of an epic such as this? The density of thought on each page is staggering, and it can make the longer sections in this book which are usually no more than a handful of pages at most seem daunting. The Complete Dissuiet by Fernando Pessoa. So perhaps this is a good segue to a question that I feel we must grapple with, which is: In reality, it is unattainable.

I suppose one cannot make a blanket statement about such things, but I suspect that to write something like The Book of Disquietone needs to contain in one’s self, more than a just a sliver of Soares. Oh, I believe we can travel through our dreams, we can imagine unimaginable places within our dreams: What does it mean to accept that a book is uncategorizable? In which lessoa, why do we read it and spend so much time talking about it? View all 18 comments.


The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition by Fernando Pessoa

En definitiva, El libro del desasosiego es el triste, tremendo y sincero reconocimiento de una derrota: My feeling special makes way for a special feeling. He has never been in love, nor has he had any friends.

They seldom embellish and seem quite comfortable with how and who they are. I could read only bits at a time, for Pessoa’s struggle to understand the world and his place in it mirrored my own and my many gasps of recognition left me breathless. However the reader decides to approach The Book of Disquietthey will be rewarded with the inventive honesty of a hale and wounded man from a work that is truly sui generis. The very kaleidoscope of voices within him, the breadth of his culture, the catholicity of his ironic sympathies — wonderfully echoed in Saramago’s great novel about Ricardo Reis — inhibited the monumentalities, the self-satisfaction of completion.

This fits with how Soares claims the book came to be, which you quoted. If only we could have a road connecting a place no one ever leaves from to a place where no one goes!