- Publisher: Penguin Classics (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141183047
- ISBN-13: 978-0141183046
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 381 g
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Book of Disquiet Paperback – 2002
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"Fernando Pessoa is probably the greatest 20th century writer you have never heard of." -- Lindsay Waters, Los Angeles Times, 10 January 1999
"How best to encompass a book quite as strange and fragmented as The Book of Disquiet?" -- Michael Glover, The Independent on Sunday, 20 May 2001
"In a time that which celebrates fame, success, stupidity, convenience and noise, here is the perfect antidote..." -- John Lanchester, The Daily Telegraph, 12 May 2001
"The translation is at once penetrating and delicately observant of Pessoa's astute melancholy." -- George Steiner, The Observer, date unknown
"a haunting mosaic of dreams, psychological notations, autobiographical vignettes, shards of literary theory and criticism and maxims." -- George Steiner, The Observer, 3 June 2001
'. . . readers of Zenith's edition will find it supersedes all others in its delicacy of style, rigorous scholarship...' -- John Gray, New Statesman, 28 May 2001
'...has done an heroic job in producing the best English-language version we are likely to see for a long time, if ever.' -- Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian, 9 June 2001
'I love this strange work of fiction and I love the inventive, hard-drinking, modest man who wrote it in obscurity.' -- Paul Bailey, The Independent, 22 June 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) was born in Lisbon and brought up in Durban, South Africa. He returned to Lisbon in 1905. A prolific writer, ascribing his work to a variety of personas or heteronyms, Pessoa published little in his lifetime and supported himself by working as a commercial translator. Although acknowledged as an intellectual and a poet, his literary genius went largely unrecognised until after his death. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Pessoa is unlike any other writer you will ever read. The closest match to this book that I can think of is Augustine's Confessions, albeit a more lovely written, more moving, post-modernist, secular version of that classic. It is existential philosophy, literary theory, diary, poetry, dream journal and confession all wrapped into one. A profound and profoundly moving book which will leave you wondering why such an incredible writer and thinker remains so obscure. The book is written in snatches, better to be dipped into at leisure than read straight thru. You'll find yourself annotating passages, writing down qoutes, rereading sections endlessly. You'll begin to question the reality of your existence, if not your own sanity, if you read it too thoroughly.
This is truly Art of the highest order and should be read by every thinking person. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.
Sums up the book perfectly. Pessoa explores one of his many personalities. "The Book of Disquiet" explains, in complete depth and faith, the beauty of a lonely, existential, moment by moment life. He explains the beauty that people forget. He explains the world, his perception, as if every moment were the last.
"The book of disquiet" is one of the most insightful books a person can read, but only if one has imagination and an ability to let go. Bernardo Soars, Pessoa's personality who wrote the book, is extreme and eccentric. It isn't easy reading, and it won't affect you if you can't overlook the fact that life doesn't go on like Soars'; that there is more in thinking, dreaming, and desiring than Soars admits. What makes the book so special is how Soars can forget everything but the thought and the moment, and how he can analyze and critique and put into words something that most of us forget to remember. "The book of disquiet" reminds me, at least, of how to appreciate my own mind. It is the only philosophy-like book that i enjoy (as yet) because it is the real thing and encompasses a forgotten part of real life.
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Otherwise, best read at night or on rainy days.