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And I offer you this book because I know it is beautiful and useless. As soon as I turned the last page, I worried, what am I going to do now? This book is my newest treasure.

If I actually lived a great love, I would never be able to describe it. It’s a fragmented, but ultimately comprehensive and systematic, contemplation of the narrator’s world and his place in it.

I’m always thinking, always feeling, but my thoughts lack all reason, my emotions all feeling.

And he dialogues with the readers, but mainly he questions or even doubts himself and his own writing: The entries seldom talk of work, of interactions with other people, of the goings-on in the day. How I would like to commit those thoughts to paper, to catch the wild torrents and be at peace.

‘The Book of Disquiet’ Is the Weirdest Autobiography Ever

These fragments shoved in a trunk speak in a voice so close to my own, secret, internal wanderings that I feel like a shadow slowly recognising the body it follows. Not only unconnected recollections of the “supposed” life of Bernardo Soares, one of Pessoa’s characters, but also unanswerable questions which left me kind of anxious and peaceful at the same time, if that makes any sense A richly marbled interiority of immanent pain and transcendent beauty.


How can I give this book four stars when there are such disagreeable elements? I haven’t yet lost the appreciation of the novel, and I’ll be using this book as a reminder of what can happen if I ever do so.

Fernando Pessoa and his Book of Disquiet changed that!

Books to give you hope: The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

I prefer to be taken seriously for what I’m not, remaining humanly unknown, with naturalness and all due respect. Published August 29th by New Directions first published Their books are so gorgeous I have a whole shelf of only Exact Change books, because any other books put next to them look shabby by comparisonand I’m pretty sure they need your money.

Recommended to Rakhi by: View all 9 comments. And this is also why I would recommend it to anyone who is frustrated by, yet still fascinated with this thing called life. My joy is as painful as my grief. It’s even suggested that it’s one of the great Modernist novels of the 20th Century. His crude words are still little sunbeams that could enlighten the obscure depths of our souls, only if we let them. My soul was stripped of the comfort and warmth of the mundane, but already I feel myself slipping back into the world and out of myself.

Richard Zenith has done an heroic job in producing the best English-language version we are likely to see for a long time, if ever. What idiot on this earth does not question the meaning of life and crawl into a deep hole to lick away the wounds of a quotidian existence? View all 14 comments. Love disturbs and wearies, action dissipates and disappoints, no one truly knows how to know, and thinking confuses everything.

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I have fever, chills. Autobiographies are an inevitable type of book. And the very posture he had to assume was symbolic.

And still, somehow, I am not alone. There’s no sunset so lovely it couldn’t be yet lovelier, no gentle breeze bringing us sleep that couldn’t bring yet sounder sleep. He works in an office as a bookkeeper, probably few years before his retirement.

In what sense is The Book of Disquiet a book? And he complained without knowing if suffering was the norm, if he deserved it for some reason. Thoughts are its intrinsic beauty. View all 33 comments. Its not even two words, is fernanvo

The death of feelings should be disquieting at least but in a world where will leads disquieg power, the disquiets are muted. He was friends with Aleister Crowley and I can only speculate about what they must have got up to. Read slowly, reader who wishes never to see it end. If sub-headings were added as signposts, it would make a fantastic guide to nihilism or whatever you want to call this particular philosophy.