With its astounding hardcover reviews Richard Zenith's new complete translation of "The Book of Disquiet" has now taken on a similar iconic status to "Ulysses, The Trial" or "In Search of Lost Time" as one of the greatest but also strangest modernist texts. An assembly of sometimes linked fragments, it is a mesmerizing, haunting 'novel' without parallel in any other culture.
Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) was born in Lisbon and raised in South Africa. After returning to Lisbon to study, he made a living as a translator and wrote obsessively in English, French, and Portuguese. While acknowledged as an intellectual and a poet, his literary genius went largely unrecognized until after his death.