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The Book of Disquiet

Serpent's Tail Classics

by Fernando Pessoa Author · William Boyd Author of introduction, etc.


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Sitting at his desk, Bernardo Soares imagined himself free forever of Rua dos Douradores, of his boss Vasques, of Moreira the book-keeper, of all the other employees, the errand boy, the post boy, even the cat. But if he left them all tomorrow and discarded the suit of clothes he wears, what else would he do? Because he would have to do something. And what suit would he wear? Because he would have to wear another suit.

A self-deprecating reflection on the sheer distance between the loftiness of his feelings and the humdrum reality of his life, The Book of Disquiet is a classic of existentialist literature.

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Fernando Pessoa (Author)

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 hi...

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Author :
Fernando Pessoa
Translator :
Margaret Jull Costa
Translator :
Margaret Jull Costa
Author of introduction, etc. :
William Boyd
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