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on 29 November 2003
The Book of Disquiet : "O livro do Desasossego": This isn't just a book, it's a monument. For all those who can picture Pessoa passing by the streets of Chiado, right in the heart of Lisbon, the words he throws at us readers aren't mere thoughts or meditations. These words are part of Lisbon from the beginning of the twentieth century, a picture of its life. There's a profound connection with what Pessoa writes and his wandering through these once boemic streets. Life in Portugal seemed a dead end; life for Pessoa was that dead end; shattered in his heteronyms; crushed by addiction and a disturbing awareness of his world. "The book of Disquiet" is that dead end; "salvation" is a mirage, all the promises of happiness are for Bernardo Soares (his heteronim in this book) vague and ephemeral - everything is a question; nothing is safe; not even ourselves in front of a mirror (especially ourselves in front of a mirror). One of Pessoa's mirrors is this book, a mirror of his complex self, a mirror of his seemingly decaying society...It's not just depression...it isn't supposed to pull you up or take you down...it's just as it is...a nauseating portrait of life...signed by one of the gratest of all times (it's just a pity that people only recognize greatness and they hear this and that about it...)
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