Book of Disquiet
|Series:||Serpent's Tail Classics|
This is a prize-winning international classic, first published in English by 'Serpent's Tail' in 1993. Sitting at his desk, Bernardo Soares imagined himself free forever of Rua dos Douradores, of his boss Vasques, of Moreira the book-keeper, of all the other employees, the errand boy, the post boy, even the cat. But if he left them all tomorrow and discarded the suit of clothes he wears, what else would he do? Because he would have to do something. And what suit would he wear? Because he would have to wear another suit. A self-deprecating reflection on the sheer distance between the loftiness of his feelings and the humdrum reality of his life, "The Book of Disquiet" is a classic of existentialist literature.
"'In a time which celebrates fame, success, stupidity, convenience and noise, here is the perfect antidote' John Lanchester, Daily Telegraph 'A meandering, melancholic series of reveries and meditations. Pessoa's amazing personality is as beguiling and mysterious as his unique poetic output' William Boyd '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. We must be given the chance to learn more about him' Anthony Burgess, Observer"