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A Centenary Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa

Edited by Eugenio Lisboa

Translated by Keith Bosley

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Hardback
ISBN: 978 0 856359 36 1
Categories: Portuguese, Translation
Imprint: Aspects of Portugal
Published: May 1996
234 x 150 x 12 mm
220 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  •  Pessoa's amazing personality is as beguiling and mysterious as his uniquepoetic output. We cannot learn too much about him.
    William Boyd

    With Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) we get at least four writers for the price of one, and A Centenary Pessoa includes a broader selection of his poems than has previously appeared in English, and a hundred pages of his prose, much of it originally written in English. To this core, poet and critic Eugenio Lisboa has added an essay-length introduction by Octavio Paz, a photobiography, a critical anthology, two 'posthumous interviews', and works of art inspired by the poet. In an age when poets spoke through personae and masks, Pessoa invented 'heteronyms', complete with their own styles and biographies. At the heart of this book are poems Pessoa wrote as his quietly lyrical self, as the pagan and bucolic Alberto Caeiro, the neoclassical dilettante Ricardo Reis, and the wildly confessional Alvaro de Campos.

    A Centenary Pessoa, a treat for committed Pessoans, is also a rich introduction for those curious about his oeuvre. 'One of the evident giants', George Steiner said of him; 'perhaps the greatest poet of the twentieth century,' wrote Antonio Tabucchi. Pessoa during his lifetime published in small circulation journals and left, at his death, a trunk of over 25,000 pieces and fragments. Now in Portugal his portrait appears on banknotes, a university bears his name, a Pessoa Foundation occupies his final home, his body has been reburied near the remains of Cames and Vasco da Gama. He is famous on his own terms.

    Carcanet was the first English-language publisher of FERNANDO PESSOA in 1971. In 1992 Carcanet published Richard Zenith's translation of the The Book of Disquietude.
    Fernando Pessoa
    FERNANDO PESSOA (1888-1935), Portugal's greatest poet since Cam§es, is one of Europe's greatest poets too. When he died he left a trunk full of poetry, philosophical writings, criticism and other texts. There are 25,426 items in the archive, including those that constitute The Book of Disquietude . Carcanet was the first ... read more
    Eugenio Lisboa
    Eugenio Lisboa was born in Mozambique in 1930 and educated there and in Portugal. An eminent poet, essayist and literary critic, his publications include standard works on Jose Regio and Jorge de Sena, and critical studies of modernism in Portugal. ... read more
    Keith Bosley
    Keith Bosley was born in Buckinghamshire in 1937 and read French at Reading, Paris and Caen. He is the author of six collections of poems. Over twenty works of translation include Finnish Folk Poetry: Epic (1977), Mallarm├ę: The Poems (1977), From the Theorems of Master Jean de La Cepp├Ęde (1983) and ... read more
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