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The Washington Post Book World has written that Fernando Pessoa was Portugal's greatest writer of the twentieth century though some critics would even leave off that last ualifying phrase and one of the most appealing European modernists eual in command and range to his contemporaries Rilke. If you re new to Pessoa than you should probably always start with The Book of Disuiet This is not his best book but Pessoa s prose at it s worst is still superior to Joyce or Hemingway or any other english writer for that matterThe main thing that disturbs me about this book is the translator s lame commentary it is utterly fruitless In the translator s preface to The Education of the Stoic he states that Pessoa s insistence on heteronyms was a means for Pessoa to save him from the life that bored him or that he didn t care for which is why I find many wasted pages of commentary on this edition extremely redundant On an even vulgar note the translator makes idiotic remarks on Pessoa s virginity We all know that Pessoa s writing persona is undoubtably that of a masochist But to comment on a writer s sex life unnecessarily is ridiculous This book is not as harmonious as The Book of Disuiet but tolerable as an artwork than most great writing we are accustomed to in school and Barnes and Noble stores I dock 1 star from this book because some entries were not that enticing and because Zenith has a tendency to make idiotic remarks Hopefully we will see of Pessoa s work in the future for In opposing his age the man of genius implicitly criticizes it and so implicitly belongs to one or another of the critical currents of the next age

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The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa

Soa's only known romantic relationship Also included is a generous selection from Pessoa's masterpiece The Book of Disuiet freshly translated by Richard Zenith from newly discovered materials The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa is an important record of a crucial part of the literary canon. Pessoa is without a doubt one the most important modern writers Pessoa s work stands as one of the best literary achievements of the last century His prose not only illuminates his poetry but creates and entire body of work that have never been achieved by a single writer All his personas have made possible the work of writers and philosophers that inhabit him

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And Mandelstam The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa spans playful philosophical inuiry Platonic dialogue and bitter intellectual scrapping between Pessoa and his many literary alter egos heteronyms The heteronyms launch movements and write manifestos and one of them attempts to break up Pes. A great compilation of Pessoa s various types of prose Expect excerpts of letters explaining his views on the occult his genesis of heteronyms a play some short stories etc While the scope of this division in Pessoa s writing is vast it makes sense given the fragmented personality of the man himself I found myself wanting sections of The Book of Disuiet but overall this is a great bundle of writings from a superb genius I do not however recommend this as any sort of introduction to Pessoa and his work The volume is definitely written for the reader with previous encounters concerning Pessoa Each piece opens with a nominal amount of text from the editor giving the reader a rough background concerning the text but nothing incredibly substantial is rendered If you re just starting out with Pessoa might I suggest his monolithic Book of Disuiet It might sound silly to prescribe a monolith for starting out but this is very much the nature of Pessoa himself he was a monolith of literary fury


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  1. says:

    A man may suffer as much in a suit of silks as in a sack or in a torn blanket 31 In these random impressions and with no desire to be other than random I indifferently narrate my factless autobiography my lifeless history These are my Confessions and if in them I say nothing it’s because I have nothing to say Excerpt

  2. says:

    If you're new to Pessoa than you should prob

  3. says:

    Amazing Selection of works with a good translation The Anarchist BankerThe Master and His DisciplesLetters to Ophelia ueiroz The Riddle of stars etcPessoa's use of 'heteronyms' was genius His multidimensional approach to subjectivity is notable I am looking forward to read his main work The Book of Disuiet

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    AMAZINGLY OXYMORONIC IN INDIVIDUALISTIC ANARCHISMThe author has a theory about these characters who are all of them declared to be the authors of some of these prose writings Let’s first enumerate them knowing that the author publ

  5. says:

    Fernando Pessoa's prose aren't only penetrative to ones heart but they always find a way to shake a deadly mental earthuake Pessoa was intellectually distressed by the gap between what he was and what he wanted to be His views on sensationalism are relatable to a huge extent I admire his views on god as the faceless forc

  6. says:

    A great compilation of Pessoa's various types of prose Expect excerpts of letters explaining his views on the occult his genesis of heteronyms a play some short stories etc While the scope of this division in Pessoa's writing is vast it makes

  7. says:

    Pessoa is without a doubt one the most important modern writers Pessoa's work stands as one of the best literary achievements of the last century His prose not only illuminates his poetry but creates and entire body of work that have never been achieved by a single writer All his personas have made possible the work of w

  8. says:

    Man is an animal that almost exists What the hell

  9. says:

    The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa offers a wonderful window into this great poet's mind For example I didn't know he had a strong interest in astrology and seances He explains his famous use of heteronyms His letters describe his incompetent efforts to woe a woman hate to disappoint those who would like to claim him a

  10. says:

    I feel like some of the selections were erroneously chosen but the most of what is included is excellent