Portugese poet FERNANDO PESSOA (1888-1935) has been included by Harold Bloom in an elite group of authors, with Dante, Shakespeare, Kafka, and Joyce. He was the first poet to have elaborated at any length on the fact that art need not be a mirror to gaze into, but a mirror to peer out from. This is the first selection of Pessoa's work to concentrate on the meanings of the various heteronymns, the different people he created who in turn wrote some poems (but not Pesssoa's). In his introduction David Butler outlines the reason for the selection and concentrates on the different heteronymns Pessoa used, and includes samples of each of the "characters." This is a dual-language edition in the Poetry Europe series.
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It is not easy to find something new to say about Pessoa, but I cannot help writing a word or two, either. My impression of him is that his art is an insatiable passion to make several people live in ... Read full review
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