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?This book has moved me more than anything I have read in years. I have rarely encountered such exhilarating lugubriousness... A complete masterpiece, the sort of book one makes friends with and cannot bear to be parted with. Boredom informs it, but not boringly. Pessoa loved the minutiae of what we care to deem the ordinary life, and that love enriches and deepens his art. Paul Bailey, The Independent ?It could not have been written in England: there is too much thought racing hopelessly around. The elegance of the style, well conveyed in what seems to be a more than adequate translation, is an important component and a very ironic one. The diary 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? Anthony Burgess, Observer
Many British reviewers have pegged Pessoa as a great long-lost modernist, but he also calls up echoes of Beckett's exquisite boredom; the dark imaginings of Baudelaire; Melville's evasive confidence man; the dreamscapes of Borges; even the cranky hermeticism of Witold Gombrowicz (VLS)
It was a real bonus when Serpent's Tail published The Book of Disquiet, a meandering, melancholic series of reveries and meditations?Pessoa's amazing personality is as beguiling and mysterious as his unique poetic output. We cannot learn too much about him (William Boyd (TLS Books of the Year))
A prize-winning international classic, first published in English by Serpent's Tail in 1993, now with a new introduction by William Boyd --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
An almost stream of consciousness poetic pseudo diary, a tale of a wandering flaneur, maybe never intended for publication but literature is forever enhanced by this being... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dylan35
A superb read that is very much in the modern idiom of being something to dip into at any random page without having any discernible linear narrative. Read morePublished 15 months ago by peter Wright
I did not read this book in one go, but rather dipped into it now and again to taste his loneliness.Published 16 months ago by Richard Martin Daly