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The Book of Disquiet

Fernando Pessoa

This posthumous masterpiece is a unique collection of short, aphoristic paragraphs that comprise the "autobiography" of one of Pessoa's alternate selves. Part intimate diary, part prose poetry, and part descriptive narrative, The Book of Disquiet is an astonishing work that gives Lisbon the haunting spell of Joyce's Dublin or Kafka's Prague. With captivating translation by Richard Zenith, this is one of the greatest works of the twentieth century.
Publish Date
First Published in 1982
Goodreads rating
Amazing. Loved it.      source
This is a book of ideas. It’s not a book about the internet. It was written much earlier, in the 20th century, and written in Portuguese. It’s really a book of meditations. It’s very philosophical. It applies to the internet in that the main point is how much joy you can take in small things and small changes and the true drama of life can be extraordinarily minute in scale, and this, I think, gets at the idea that the internet and the stories we follow are, to a lot of us, extremely important and exciting and meaningful, though really they are just a few changes of characters on a little screen somewhere.      source
Some of my own favorite weird/strange/experimental/lingering-afterglow/niche novels: Out (Natsuo Kirino) Pym (Mat Johnson) The Book of Disquiet (Pessoa) Under the Skin (Faber) The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P (Rieko Matsuura) The Famished Road (Ben Okri) Delicious Foods (Hannaham)      source
@vebahood Possibly my favorite book ever!      source
@Sime0nStylites @scrapegroat @TomChivers That's such a great book. Pessoa was properly bonkers.      source
My new favourite book      source