The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition (Hardcover)

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A cornerstone of Portuguese literature, Pessoa's book is presented in its complete form for the first time in this beautiful edition. This work is existentialism in its purest form, like a vaccine for a wasted life. Using several "heteronyms," Pessoa injects the reader with a living bacteria professing his life is death, solitude is his virtue, coexistence is satanic, and his only joy is to be found in inaction. The fact that Pessoa constructed such a large body of ruminations, though, seems to indicate that there is fulfillment to be found—if only outside himself. This is a deeply inventive work where hope can be read only between the harrowing lines. -Tony

— From Winter Gazette 2017


The Book of Disquiet is the Portuguese modernist master Fernando Pessoa's greatest literary achievement. An "autobiography" or "diary" containing exquisite melancholy observations, aphorisms, and ruminations, this classic work grapples with all the eternal questions. Now, for the first time the texts are presented chronologically, in a complete English edition by master translator Margaret Jull Costa. Most of the texts in The Book of Disquiet are written under the semi-heteronym Bernardo Soares, an assistant bookkeeper. This existential masterpiece was first published in Portuguese in 1982, forty-seven years after Pessoa's death. A monumental literary event, this exciting, new, complete edition spans Fernando Pessoa's entire writing life.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811226936
ISBN-10: 081122693X
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Pages: 488
Language: English