The Book of Disquiet (Serpent's Tail Classics) by Fernando Pessoa

By Fernando Pessoa

Title note: unique identify O Livro do Desassossego
Contributor note: ahead via William Boyd
Publish yr note: First released in 1982

Sitting at his table, Bernardo Soares imagined himself loose perpetually of Rua dos Douradores, of his boss Vasques, of Moreira the book-keeper, of the entire different staff, the errand boy, the submit boy, even the cat. but when he left all of them the next day to come and discarded the go well with of garments he wears, what else could he do? simply because he must do whatever. And what swimsuit could he put on? simply because he must put on one other suit.

A self-deprecating mirrored image at the sheer distance among the loftiness of his emotions and the humdrum truth of his existence, The ebook of Disquiet is a vintage of existentialist literature.

Fernando Pessoa, one of many founders of modernism, used to be born in Lisbon in 1888. so much of Pessoa's writing used to be now not released in the course of his lifetime: The ebook of Disquiet was once first released in Portugal in 1982.

"Readers with a specific curiosity in modernism will locate this paintings indispensable."—Publishers Weekly

"Pessoa's remarkable character is as beguiling and mysterious as his particular poetic output."—William Boyd

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Through a vigorous program of publicity, a clever newsletter, and informative catalogues, the Bookshop steadily advanced the image of authors as it built its own. A Woman-Led Enterprise Comes of Age The bookstore that had begun inconspicuously on a quiet residential side street near campus moved downtown only a year later, in 1917, to the commercial heart of Northampton, and, in 1923, to even larger quarters a couple of blocks away. With its lecture series, publications program, and sales promotions, the Hampshire Bookshop had reached full stride by the mid-1920s.

Her authoritative manner commanded respect from associates and employees. At the time she became involved in the Bookshop venture, she had already served as managing editor of a social-work journal and librarian to John D. Rockefeller’s General Education Board; as she matured in her professional role, she became quite comfortable dealing with authors, influential publishers, and the media. Her standards of performance were exacting, her expectations of staff high. While both women were avid readers and informed critics, it was Mary Byers Smith, the poet and volunteer social worker, who reviewed books in the house promotional newsletter and provided guidance on the shop layout and decor.

After graduation from Smith, the women maintained their friendship while working at various jobs back home – Marion as a librarian, Mary as a hospital volunteer. But by 1915, as the US was anxiously occupied with events on the European front, each had become restless with life in the parental household. 6 An inheritance from a wealthy aunt provided Mary a windfall that year, and the pair lighted on the idea of establishing a bookstore in the college town to which they felt such strong ties. Within a few short months, they formed a corporation and enlisted officers and directors (primarily from the ranks of Smith faculty), obtained letters of introduction to jobbers, secured credit, and located a place of business.

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