Pessoa Was Many Writers In One He Attributed His Prolific Writings To A Wide Range Of Alternate Selves, Each Of Which Had A Distinct Biography, Ideology And Horoscope When He Died In , Pessoa Left Behind A Trunk Filled With Unfinished And Unpublished Writings, Among Which Were The Remarkable Pages That Make Up His Posthumous Masterpiece, The Book Of Disquiet, An Astonishing Work That, In George Steiner S Words, Gives To Lisbon The Haunting Spell Of Joyce S Dublin Or Kafka S Prague Published For The [Fernando Pessoa] Ð Livro do Desassossego [science-fiction-romance PDF] read Online ò First Time Some Fifty Years After His Death, This Unique Collection Of Short, Aphoristic Paragraphs Comprises The Autobiography Of Bernardo Soares, One Of Pessoa S Alternate Selves Part Intimate Diary, Part Prose Poetry, Part Descriptive Narrative, Captivatingly Translated By Richard Zenith, The Book Of Disquiet Is One Of The Greatest Works Of The Twentieth Century
Here is the only Portuguese literary joke I know Q Who are the four greatest Portuguese poets of the 20th century A Fernando Pessoa Trust me, it s funny But it does take a little explaining.
Fernando Pessoa, in order to express various philosophical and poetic moods, constructed a series of what he termed heteronyms The heteronym, although similar to the mask or persona, differs in that each one is equipped with a name, a personality, a biography, and a physical description, as well as a distinct writing style Although Pessoa made use ofthan five dozen heteronyms in the course of his thirty five years, the best known are Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis, lvaro de Campos, and Bernardo Soares Of these four, his greatest creation and perhaps the heteronym closest to Pessoa s self is Bernardo Soares, the author of The Book of Disquiet.
Humans are social beings, to the extent that those who prefer solitude to the company of others are usually perceived as troubled individuals, outside of the norm it took me a long time to feel comfortable with being alone, with dampening the guilt that flared up in me every time I begged off going out with a group of friends It is always a welcome reinforcement when I come across a book penned by a fellow recluse and The Book of Disquiet could be a solitary soul s bible, so powerfully does it speak in the language of single place table settings, corner chair cobwebs and bachelor apartments It has achieved pride of place on my bedside stack, where I can ladle myself servings of Pessoa s wisdom at leisure.
This book s voluntarily alone author is Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa If you read this, you need to know what you are signing up for, so, below, I ll let Pessoa speak for himself It s a series of vignettes, random thoughts and meditations all written between 1913 and 1935 It s a work of genius, of course Pessoa, the famous Portuguese writer and poet was known for his multiple writing personalities heteronyms Disquiet was supposedly written by Bernardo Soares, an excruciatingly lonely and socially dysfunctional man He s a shipping clerk in a textile wholesaler and spends his entire life a few blocks from his tiny apartment with one window on a balcony He goes to the same restaurant, same tobacconist and same barber for thirty years All of them die one by one in their 70 s, which he discovers by going into the shop and finding out they died the day before The first two passage