BOOK OF THE DAY:
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet is the most alluring, unique “autobiography” in literature. First published over 50 years after his death, the collection of short, aphoristic paragraphs, part prose poetry, and part descriptive narrative all compromise of the autobiography of Bernardo Soares, one of Pessoa’s alternate selves. During his career Pessoa had several heteronyms, which are imaginary characters who posses their own unique physiques, writing styles and autobiographies.
When Pessoa passed away in 1935, he left a truck behind with several unpublished work in a range of languages. His self-reflective literature was compiled and came to be The Book of Disquiet.
We fiercely recommend that everybody reads this book. It is a wonderful mix of existentialism, dream journal, diary, poetry and confession intertwined into one. Pessoa’s words pierce your soul in the most dangerous way, you find unity within his writing and his description of solitude.
Pessoa’s prose is all feeling, but intelligent feeling. He is not looking to make you depress or rip out your shrinking heart, his writing resonates with your soul. There’s a sense of understanding and introspection you experience when you read The Book of Disquiet. It is the bible’s soul. Pessoa writes:
"My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddle strings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.”
You will not want to put this book down. He has an innate gift to rationalize feelings of loneliness, isolation, of being, of feeling purposeless and tired. You will find yourself constantly making notes, annotating passages, and rereading excerpts endlessly. Pessoa urges you to question your existence, your sanity, and most importantly, your personhood, the essence of it all.
There is nothing quite like it. It is difficult to describe, but it is nothing short of hauntingly and intellectually beautiful. Fernando Pessoa is up there with literary greats, like Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Franz Kafka. The Book of Disquiet is a metaphysical, philosophical addiction. We do not boast, we promise.
Read excerpts from the book here! Get the book here!
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