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Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935)

Author of The Book of Disquiet

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About the Author

Fernando Pessoa, 1888 - 1935 Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa was born in Lisbon. His father died when he was young and his mother married the Portuguese consul in Durban in South Africa where they lived from 1896 to 1951. During this time, Pessoa became fluent in English and was educated in Cape show more Town and Lisbon. Pessoa was employed as a business correspondent and also as a commercial translator. The bulk of his work was published in literary magazines, especially in his own Athena. His first book, "Antinous," appeared in 1918 and was followed by two other collection of poems, all written in English. In 1933, he published "Mensagem" his first book in Portuguese. "Livro Do Dessossogego (The Book of Disquiet)" the "factless autobiography" was written under the name of Bernardo Soares and appeared for the first time in 1982, almost fifty years after his death. After the republican revolution, in 1910, and consequent patriotic atmosphera, Pessoa created an alter ego, a heteronym, named Álvaro de Campos, supposedly a Portuguese naval engineer, born in Tavira and graduated in Glasgow. Translator Richard Zenith notes that Pessoa eventually established at least seventy-two heteronyms. According to Pessoa himself, there were three main heteronyms: Alberto Caeiro, Álvaro de Campos and Ricardo Reis. The heteronyms possess distinct biographies, temperaments, philosophies, appearances and writing styles. Pessoa died on November 30, 1935 in Lisbon. Other writings that were published posthumously and translated into several languages include "Poesias de Fernando Pessoa" (1942), Poesias de Alvaro de Campos" (1944), Poemas de Alberto Caeiro" (1946), and "Odes de Ricardo Reis" (1946). (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Fernando Pessoa

The Book of Disquiet (1982) 5,169 copies, 74 reviews
Poems of Álvaro de Campos (2006) 605 copies, 9 reviews
Mensagem (1934) 473 copies, 6 reviews
The Anarchist Banker (1922) 418 copies, 7 reviews
The Collected Poems of Alberto Caeiro (1873) 299 copies, 2 reviews
Fernando Pessoa & Co.: Selected Poems (1998) 269 copies, 4 reviews
The Education of the Stoic (1999) 248 copies, 4 reviews
Lisbon : what the tourist should see (1992) 189 copies, 2 reviews
Poesias de Álvaro de Campos (1985) — Author — 187 copies, 4 reviews
The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa (1986) 179 copies, 1 review
Odas de Ricardo Reis (1980) 171 copies, 1 review
Selected Poems (1971) 131 copies, 2 reviews
Het uur van de duivel (1989) 118 copies
Gedichten (2005) 92 copies
Always Astonished: Selected Prose (1988) 90 copies, 1 review
Il marinaio: dramma statico in un quadro (1982) 80 copies, 1 review
Faust (1988) 71 copies, 1 review
Lettere alla fidanzata (1978) 70 copies
A Centenary Pessoa (1995) 66 copies
Novelle poliziesche (1915) 63 copies
Una cena molto originale (2004) 57 copies
Poemas ingleses (1993) 56 copies
Ode van de zee (1980) 42 copies, 1 review
El regreso de los dioses (1986) 41 copies
Contos policiais (2015) 36 copies
35 Sonnets (2006) 35 copies
Quadras (1965) 30 copies
Un singulier regard (2003) 26 copies
Il violinista pazzo (1992) 26 copies
Cartas de amor a Ofelia (1988) 26 copies
Quando fui outro (2006) 25 copies
Aforismos e afins (2003) 25 copies
A Língua Portuguesa (1997) 25 copies
Pagine esoteriche (1997) 22 copies
L'enigma e le maschere (1993) 22 copies, 1 review
De bedelaar en andere verhalen (2012) 20 copies, 1 review
De hoeder van kudden en andere gedichten (2003) — Foreword — 20 copies
Le chemin du serpent (1996) 19 copies
Gedichten 1913-1922 (1998) 19 copies
Oeuvres poétiques (2001) 19 copies
Obra poetica tomo II (1980) 19 copies
Poemas (2006) 18 copies
Noventa Poemas Ultimos (1995) 18 copies, 1 review
Brieven 1905-1919 (2004) 17 copies
Poemas de Álvaro Campos (1900) 17 copies
Cancioneiro (2010) 17 copies
Maschere e paradossi (1996) 16 copies, 1 review
The Surprise of Being (1986) 16 copies
Obra completa (2014) 16 copies
Racconti dell'inquietudine (2005) 15 copies
Ultimatum (1993) 15 copies
L'affaire Vargas (2006) 15 copies
The Transformation Book (2014) 15 copies
Poèmes païens (1988) 14 copies
Boodschap (2001) 14 copies
Le pèlerin (1917) 14 copies, 1 review
Obras em prosa (1985) 12 copies
Brieven 1921-1935 (2005) 12 copies
Selected English Poems (2007) 12 copies
Un disfraz equivocado (2015) 12 copies
Poemas dramáticos (1997) 12 copies
O Banqueiro Anarquista (2008) 11 copies, 2 reviews
Ode Marítima (2013) 11 copies, 1 review
Poesie scelte (2006) 11 copies
Drama en gente : antología (2000) 10 copies, 1 review
Poesias - Ortónimo (2007) 10 copies
Antinous: A Poem (2010) 10 copies
Cuentos (F.Pessoa) (2013) 10 copies
Algebra der Geheimnisse (1986) 10 copies
ANTOLOGIA POÉTICA (1900) 9 copies
Poemas esotericos (2013) 9 copies
Autopsühhograafia (2008) 9 copies, 1 review
Diarios (2009) 9 copies
Poesia 1902-1917 (2006) 8 copies
Educaçao Do Estoico (2006) — Author — 8 copies, 1 review
Poesía Inglesa (I) (2000) 8 copies
O Almirante Louco (2007) 8 copies
Suave es vivir solo (2019) 8 copies
Contos completos (2012) 8 copies
En minä aina ole sama (2001) 8 copies, 1 review
O Mendigo e Outros Contos (2012) 7 copies, 1 review
Ik is een ander 7 copies
Hetkien vaellus (1974) 7 copies, 1 review
Hermetismo e Iniciação (2015) 6 copies
ARCO DE TRIUNFO I,EL (1998) 6 copies
A Essência do Comércio (2006) 6 copies
L'educació de l'estoic (2003) 6 copies
Teoria da heteronímia (2012) 6 copies
Księga niepokoju (2013) 6 copies
Prosa publicada em vida (2006) 6 copies
Poesia (1999) — Author — 5 copies
Oh Lisbon, my home! (2009) 5 copies
Obra poética (1901) — Preface — 5 copies
Ich legte die Maske ab : Dichtungen (1986) — Author — 5 copies
Orpheu (2015) 5 copies
POEMAS ESCOLHIDOS (1997) 5 copies
Plural de nadie (2013) 5 copies
The Mad Fiddler (2021) 5 copies
Poesía Inglesa (II) (2000) 5 copies
Novas poesias ineditas (2006) 5 copies
Poesia 1918-1930 (2005) 5 copies
Uzakliklar, Eski Denizler (2009) 5 copies
El guardador de rebaños (2014) 4 copies
Correspondência Inédita (1996) 4 copies
Aforismos (2014) 4 copies
48 Poesie (1997) 4 copies
Sixty Portuguese poems (1971) 4 copies
Felsefi Denemeler (2013) 4 copies
Å verre ein annan (2022) 4 copies
Poesía VIII. Mensaje (2016) 4 copies
Loucura... 4 copies, 1 review
Sobre literatura y arte (1987) 4 copies, 1 review
Poesia 4 copies
EU(S). Pequena Antologia - Volume 1 (2015) 4 copies, 1 review
Le Privilège des Chemins (1990) 4 copies
Prosa (2020) 4 copies
2 dikt om modernitet (2009) 4 copies
Ricardo Reis: Prosa (2003) 4 copies
Iberia (2012) 3 copies
Poesie d'amore (1989) 3 copies, 1 review
Het uurwerk van de ziel (2018) 3 copies
Antología (1985) 3 copies
Nerimo knyga (2020) 3 copies
Poemas Dramáticos (2005) 3 copies
Tren de cuerda (2003) 3 copies
Message - INGLES (2018) 3 copies
Cartas (2007) 3 copies
Odes (Fernando Pessoa) (2005) 3 copies
Crítica literária (2007) 3 copies
Poesía de Alberto Caeiro (2013) 3 copies
Opera poetică 3 copies, 1 review
Mare del Portogallo (2007) 3 copies
O Conto do Vigário (2011) 3 copies
Poemas inéditos (1986) 2 copies
Sur les hétéronymes (1993) 2 copies
Ophelia'ya Mektuplar (2009) 2 copies
Y toda aquella infancia (2014) 2 copies
Le Gardeur de troupeau (2018) 2 copies
Galaxia de un hombre solo 2 copies, 1 review
Teoria dell'eteronimia (2020) 2 copies
Poesia. First Anthology (2022) 2 copies
Poesia - Prima Antologia (2018) 2 copies
Lisboa Revisitada (2018) 2 copies
Livro de viagem (2009) 2 copies
O Marinheiro (Trecho) (2018) 2 copies
Udvalgte digte (2016) 2 copies
Na Farmácia do Evaristo (2020) 2 copies
Vozes Da Saudade (2007) 2 copies
Rosea Cruz (1989) 2 copies
Za noci našeho bytí (1995) 2 copies
POEZI 2 copies
POESIAS. (1980) 2 copies
Dichtungen 2 copies
Nosso Clássicos POESIA 2 copies, 1 review
Plural como el universo (1992) 2 copies
En bref (2004) 2 copies
Sõnum: valik loomingut (2010) 2 copies
Saggi sulla lingua (2006) 2 copies
*ANY 2 copies
Lisboa en Pessoa (2021) 2 copies
Teoria poetica (1985) 2 copies
Ode triunfal 2 copies
Opium a bord 1 copy
DESASOSIEGOS 1 copy
Nachricht 1 copy
Prosa (2003) 1 copy
Ode Triunfal (2009) 1 copy
不穏の書、断章 (2000) 1 copy
Os santos populares (1994) 1 copy
LISBOA, m. 1 Audio-CD (2016) 1 copy
Saudade — Author — 1 copy
Coplas 1 copy
Contos 1 copy
Sul Portogallo (2014) 1 copy
Confesiones: 1 (K2) (2018) 1 copy
TABACARIA E OUTROS EUS (HQ) 1 copy, 1 review
Rubaiyat 1 copy
Bau Mensagem (2015) 1 copy
Stilla, mitt hjärta (1988) 1 copy
Dikter av Ricardo Reis (2013) 1 copy
Fernando Pessoa (1999) 1 copy
Eros E Psique (2009) 1 copy
The hour of Devil (2018) 1 copy
Prose di Ricardo Reis (2005) 1 copy
Sulla tirannia (2009) 1 copy
Visage avec masques (1978) 1 copy
As Flores do Mal (2014) 1 copy
Papeles personales (2016) 1 copy
Poesias 1 copy
144 Vierzeiler (2004) 1 copy
Sobre a República (2009) 1 copy
Quadras 1 copy
Egoísta 1 copy
Proza Ricarda Reisa (1935) 1 copy
Mão de Obra. (2011) 1 copy
Kniha neklidu - druhá (1995) 1 copy
Cyber Arte Cultura (2013) 1 copy, 1 review
Il custode di greggi (2007) 1 copy
Poemas esenciales (2022) 1 copy
Marketing em Pessoa (2008) 1 copy
Poesias II 1 copy
Poesias I 1 copy
Opium à bord (2021) 1 copy
A imortalidade (2009) 1 copy
Teatro do extase (2013) 1 copy
Minä, aina vieras (2016) 1 copy
Poesia dos outros eus (2007) 1 copy, 1 review
Mesaj (2021) 1 copy

Associated Works

World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (1998) — Contributor — 452 copies, 1 review
The Poet's Work: 29 Poets on the Origins and Practice of Their Art (1979) — Contributor — 89 copies, 1 review
Het meervoudige leven van Fernando Pessoa (1988) 42 copies, 2 reviews
Elsewhere (Poets in the World) (2014) — Contributor — 26 copies, 1 review
Månen : fra den indre verden til det ydre rum (2018) — Author, some editions — 1 copy, 1 review

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Can't say i understood it completely. It was like a dream about the sea, ships, docks, cranes, pirates and pirate cruelty. I was very confused along the way and couldn't feel a definite feeling, things merged one into another. At some point the narrator begged to be smashed into things so that he could get closer to them. Perhaps my confusion is actually the intended effect of the poem? I can't really say. In the end i was intrigued enough the want to read some of Pessoa's prose.
 
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rubyman | Feb 21, 2024 |
This is a unique and spell-binding collection of random meditations on the dreaminess of life; the impossibilities and possibilities of relating, communicating or understanding; the illusions and sensations of ordinary or extraordinary awareness; journeys of the imagination; and so on and so on. It could have gone on forever, and I'm glad it didn't - while I found it relaxing and intriguing and thought-provoking, I could only read it in small dollops, like tasting again and again a favourite ice-cream, both satisfying and too rich to consume in quantity. Despite the fig-leaf of an authorial character, there is no plot, no narrative as such. It's fiction, but not quite as we know it. A fiction of a wandering mind, as it alights on an evanescent series of forms of attention, fantasy and opaque reminiscence without landing on many of the concrete practical details of everyday conscious living. Yes there are glimpses of other people and an office and some urban environment with which this mind is loosely wreathed, but they are ghosts in a spiritual, philosophical and psychological fog through which Pessoa's writing twists and bounces in a kind of Brownian motion of the soul.… (more)
 
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