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Some closing remarks… I feel I need to add a few considerations, besides my ramblings above. And he dialogues with the readers, but mainly he questions or even doubts himself and his own writing: Hence the fragmentary condition of The Book of Disquiet, which contains material that predates and which Pessoa left open-ended at his death.

If you don’t speak Portuguese I would recommend the translation by Richard Zenith, as he is of Portuguese descent, editor of one of the Portuguese …more If you don’t speak Portuguese I would recommend the translation by Richard Zenith, as he is of Portuguese descent, editor of one of the Portuguese versions dlsquiet considered by many one of the greatest Pessoa’s expert. Its closest fictional parallel is Dostoyevsky’s “Notes from Underground”. Show 25 25 50 All.

What do they have in common, the characters on our guest list? For me the external world is pure sensation. Probably his wrinkles, his worn-out suit and his silence make him seemingly unapproachable. But there is something to be said for what Soares prescribes, as a way of strengthening inner resources.

Do we have to? I may share Pessoa’s melancholy to some extent but I don’t share his negative outlook, his depression and his misanthropic nature! Growing in one language means leaving the other behind. I am reluctant to fsrnando it as Existentialism, because of the apparent lack of Humanism.

‘The Book of Disquiet’ Is the Weirdest Autobiography Ever

I shape myself in periods and paragraphs, I punctuate myself and, in the unleashed chain of images, I make myself king, as children do, with a crown of made from a sheet of newspaper or, in finding rhythms in mere strings of words, I garland myself, as madmen do, with dried flowers that in my dreams still live. As a result, my notes of my reactions to the book are equally fragmentary, each note representing a new stream as I glide to the next number and I start over. Not only was it a glorious way to pass what otherwise would have been a chore, it felt like the ideal way to start each morning in Lisbon Pessoa is, of course, celebrated everywhere in Lisbon.


There is no finer encomium to the shattering melancholy and bracing affirmation of loneliness and solitude than the five hundred plus entries that make up The Book of Disquiet ; and few better descriptions of existential nausea, of the desperate efforts to perceive a reason to continue with the painful disappointments, shadow terrors, and numbing meaninglessness of human existence.

It is just that I am pessimistic about how receptive I am to change. Heternonymy This be possibly the biggest, most self indulgent pre-PoMo existential angst wank fest.

I set them down in a torpor of feeling, like a cat in the sun, and re-read them at times with a dull, belated pang, as if remembering something I had always previously forgotten. They want to feel alive, be outside and become reality. Pessoa was not alone. I pick up my pen. View all 33 comments.

I cannot speak like everybody else. Lo cotidiano es maternal. Quite against fetnando wishes, what I feel is felt in order for me to write it down. I’m not sure how much I lost in those plains. And in fact the false name and the true dream do create a new reality. It’s even suggested that it’s one of the great Modernist novels of the 20th Century.

Nor do we know what parts thereof, if any, he ever intended for publication in some revised format. Refresh and try again.


‘The Book of Disquiet’ Is the Weirdest Autobiography Ever

I am used to it, and it does not bother me so much. Regardless, the fact that this issue occurred at all points to another cause of my frustration. I will go and I won’t know how to come back.

Within the confines of Europe, they are a unique people. I could go and seek riches in the Orient, but not the riches of the soul, because I am my soul’s riches, and I am where I am, with or without the Orient.

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The book is made up of more than two hundred diary entries. Of course, all things written had to be previously thought.

It’s like an endless diary of daily life, written by the strangest, most deleriously unhappy but sometimes happybrilliant but sometimes simpleintensely thoughtful old man. Yet, it’s been fashioned into a comprehensible philosophy.

We sit down at the table not at the pinetree. He is not one, he is many. To understand is to forget about loving. I was robbed of diqsuiet possibility of having existed before the world. The things you can change are not essential to your own being. Busy, ambitious people are now encouraged to take mindfulness or wellness classes in order to shed their perfectionism.

This fits with how Soares claims the book came to be, which you quoted. When I look at an ant hard at work, I find that its essence is its being. I have to write, as if I were carrying out a punishment.

When I found it, I did something I try not to do: What does it mean to accept that a book is uncategorizable?