The Book of Disquiet

The Book of Disquiet

The Complete Edition

Fernando Pessoa, Margaret Jull Costa


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Written over the course of Fernando Pessoa's life, The Book of Disquiet was first published in 1982, pieced together from the thousands of individual manuscript pages left behind after his death in 1935. Now this fragmentary modernist masterpiece appears in a major new edition that unites Margaret Jull Costa's celebrated translation with previously missing texts, presented for the first time in order of composition and accompanied by facsimiles of the original manuscript. A mosaic of dreams and a hymn to the streets and cafés of 1930s Lisbon, The Book of Disquiet is an extraordinary record of the inner life of one of the century's most important writers.


Fernando Pessoa:
Fernando Pessoa, one of the founders of modernism, was born in Lisbon in 1888. He grew up in Durban, South Africa, where his stepfather was Portuguese consul. He returned to Lisbon in 1905 and worked as a clerk in an import-export company until his death in 1935. Most of Pessoa's writing was not published during his lifetime; The Book of Disquiet first came out in Portugal in 1982. Since its first publication, it has been hailed as a classic.