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The Book of Disquiet

Written by: Fernando Pessoa
Narrated by: Adam Sims
Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
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Assembled from notes and jottings left unpublished at the time of the author’s death, The Book of Disquiet is a collection of aphoristic prose-poetry musings on dreams, solitude, time and memory. Credited to Pessoa’s alter ego, Bernardo Soares, who chronicles his contemplations in this so-called "factless" autobiography, the work is a journey of one man’s soul and, by extension, of all human souls that allow their minds and hearts to roam far and free. 

Though his outward life as an assistant bookkeeper in downtown Lisbon is a humdrum affair, Soares lives a rich and varied existence within the contours of his own mind, where he can be and do anything. Soares has no ambition, nor has he any friends; he is plagued with disquiet, and only imagination and dreams can conquer it. 

Compiled by the translator Richard Zenith, Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet is a fulgent tribute to the imagination of man. Translation by Richard Zenith. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.  

©2017 Assírio & Alvim / Grupo Porto Editora (P)2018 Naxos AudioBooks

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  • Jason Rosenblum
  • 03-04-19

a vitally important, and beautiful work

if you stick with it, you will get something out of this work, and just maybe be moved by it. It is beautifully introspective and must be taken both lightly and seriously. but, if you can’t keep an open mind then I seriously wouldn’t bother.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-20

A complex masterpiece

Pessoa is like no one else. The closest thing to a poetic philosopher I can think of, he uses language in ways that blew my mind. If you learn a bit about his biography before reading, it will help you get a lot more out of the book because Pessoa was a fascinating person.

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  • A. Alajmi
  • 04-05-19

Hated it!

i hated everything about this book. EVERYTHING!
will never read or listen to another book by this author again.

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