Book of Disquiet
|Author:||Fernando Pessoa; Margaret Jull Costa (Translator); William Boyd (Foreword by)|
|Series:||Serpent's Tail Classics Ser.|
A prize-winning international classic, first published in English by Serpent's Tail in 1993, now with a new introduction by William Boyd
"'In a time which celebrates fame, success, stupidity, convenience and noise, here is the perfect antidote' John Lanchester, Daily Telegraph 'A meandering, melancholic series of reveries and meditations. Pessoa's amazing personality is as beguiling and mysterious as his unique poetic output' William Boyd 'Disturbs from beginning to end... There is a distinguished mind at work beneath the totally acceptable dullness of clerking. The mind is that of Pessoa. We must be given the chance to learn more about him' Anthony Burgess, Observer"
Fernando Pessoa, one of the founders of modernism, was born in Lisbon in 1888. He grew up in Durban, South Africa, where his stepfather was Portuguese consul. He returned to Lisbon in 1905 and worked as a clerk in an import-export company until his death in 1935. Most of Pessoa's writing was not published during his lifetime; The Book of Disquiet first came out in Portugal in 1982. Since its first publication, it has been hailed as a classic.