By Fernando Pessoa
Writing obsessively in French, English, and Portuguese, Fernando Pessoa left a prodigious physique of labor, a lot of it lower than "heteronyms"—fully fleshed adjust egos with startlingly various types and issues of view. supplying a different sampling of all his most renowned voices, this assortment positive factors poems that experience by no means earlier than been translated along many initially composed in English. as well as such significant works as "Maritime Ode of Campos" and his Goethe-inspired Faust, written in clean verse, there are a number of attractive poems that experience in simple terms come to mild within the final 5 years. chosen and translated by way of top Pessoa student Richard Zenith, this can be the best advent to be had to the breadth of Pessoa’s genius.
* The translations are according to the main authoritative variants, demonstrated opposed to the unique manuscripts
* contains an advent discussing Pessoa, his paintings, and the phenomenon of "heteronymy" in addition to a chronology
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1932 Henriqueta and her family begin to spend long periods at a house in Estoril, where Pessoa often visits. On July 5 Salazar is appointed prime minister and becomes, in practice, a dictator. 1933 A new constitution marks the inception of Salazar’s socalled Estado Novo (New State). 1934 Publishes, in the fall, Mensagem (Message), the only book of his Portuguese poetry to see print in his lifetime. The book is awarded a prize by the National Ofﬁce of Propaganda. ” Pessoa, who did not attend the ceremony but read the speech in the newspaper, is outraged and takes to writing anti-fascist poems.
Pessoa actively collaborates in Acção, a small, right-wing journal highly critical of the Republican government. In October his stepfather dies in Pretoria. In November Ophelia Queiroz, nineteen years old, is hired as a secretary in a ﬁrm where Pessoa sometimes works. 1920 On March 1 Pessoa writes his ﬁrst love letter to Ophelia Queiroz. Besides exchanging letters, they meet each other for walks and ride the streetcar together. He breaks off with her in a letter dated November 29. In late March Pessoa’s family—his mother and three grown children from her second marriage—arrives in Lisbon.
Pessoa’s sister and her family move to Évora, where they will live for three years. 1928 Pessoa publishes a booklet titled O Interregno (The Interregnum), which defends and justiﬁes military dictatorship as a necessary “State of Transition” in Portugal, wracked by political instability and without (according to the booklet’s arguments) a “national ideal” or a tradition of strong public opinion to support a British-style, constitutional government. ) António de Oliveira Salazar be- c h ro n o l o g y xxxix comes the ﬁnance minister in April.
A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics) by Fernando Pessoa