By Fernando Pessoa
This selection of the paintings of Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) is an important advent to the paintings of 1 of the main unique eu poets of the 20th century. It comprises translations of a large collection of his poems and his amazing prose, in addition to a few of his unique English writings. an immense introductory essay through Octavio Paz, a severe anthology, posthumous "interviews," and archived illustrations also are integrated, revealing the realm of Pessoa in all its richness.
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I THE LABYRINTH OF LOVE
Souvenir from the Mountains 3
A Roman myth 14
A mystery Casanova 19
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Women Are All the comparable 29
Men Are All the related 37
Pearls earlier than Swine 45
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SIXTEENTH YEAR Author's note: What is written in brackets are explanations that I added when 1 was twentyseven. MAY 4 It was about five-thirty when I got home from middle school. The gate was closed to keep visitors away. My grandfather was sleeping alone in the house, so he would have been distressed if anyone came. ] “I’m home,” I called. But no one answered, and the house became quiet again. I felt the loneliness and sad ness. ” D i a r y of m y s i x t e e n t h y e a r 35 “Oh, you did. But I didn’t have you here to help me pee since morning, so I’ve been lying here groaning, just waiting for you.
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