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By Fernando Pessoa

This choice of the paintings of Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) is a vital creation to the paintings of 1 of the main unique eu poets of the 20 th century. It comprises translations of a vast choice of his poems and his impressive prose, in addition to a few of his unique English writings. a massive introductory essay by means of Octavio Paz, a severe anthology, posthumous "interviews," and archived illustrations also are incorporated, revealing the realm of Pessoa in all its richness.

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We have been born without any of those consolations. every one civilization follows the actual line of a faith that represents it; resorting to different religions, it loses the only it had, and finally loses all of them. We misplaced the only, and all of the others with it. And so we have been left, each one guy to himself, within the desolation of feeling ourselves stay. a boat seems an item whose finish is to sail, yet no, its finality is to arrive a port. We discovered ourselves crusing, with none proposal of the port at which we should arrive. therefore we reproduced a painful model of the Argonauts’ adventurous formulation: to sail is what’s important, to not reside. [328] in the mean time, seeing that we are living in society, the one responsibility of the superiors is to minimize to a minimal their participation within the lifetime of the tribe. They shouldn’t learn the newspapers, for instance, or may still in basic terms learn them to determine what anecdotal and unimportant issues are taking place. You can’t think the pride i am getting from the provincial information round-up. The very names make doorways to the indefinite open up in me. the main honourable stance for a superb guy is not to understand who his country’s leader of kingdom is, or even if he lives lower than a monarchy or a republic. His angle could be to put his soul in this type of method that passing occasions and issues don’t contact him. If he doesn’t do that, then he’ll need to take an curiosity in others in an effort to glance out for himself. [329] these people who aren’t homosexuals want we had the braveness to be. Our distaste for motion unavoidably feminizes us. We neglected our actual calling as housewives and idle chatelaines because of a sexual mix-up in our present incarnation. even if we don’t think this in any respect, our blood enjoys the irony of our performing inside as though we did. [332] i believe extra kinship and intimacy with sure characters defined in books and likely photos I’ve noticeable in prints than i think with many so-called genuine humans, who're of that metaphysical futility referred to as flesh and bone. And ‘flesh and bone’ in reality describes them very well: they’re like chunks of meat uncovered at the marble counter of a butcher’s, lifeless issues bleeding like lives, legs and cutlets of future. I’m no longer ashamed of feeling this fashion, as I’ve found that’s how every person feels. at the back of people’s mutual contempt and the indifference that permits them to kill one another like assassins who don’t feel they’re killing, or like infantrymen who don’t take into consideration what they’re doing, is that not anyone will pay heed to the probably abstruse incontrovertible fact that the folks round them also are residing souls. On sure days, at sure moments, dropped at me by means of I don’t be aware of what breeze and opened to me through the outlet of I don’t comprehend what door, I without notice think that the nook grocer is a pondering entity, that the store assistant, who at this second is bent over a sack of potatoes subsequent to the doorway, is really a soul able to anguish. while i used to be instructed the day before today that the worker of the tobacco store had dedicated suicide, it gave the look of a lie. negative guy, he additionally existed!

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