A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe by Fernando Pessoa & Richard Zenith
Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)

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Writing obsessively in French, English, and Portuguese, Fernando Pessoa left a prodigious body of work, much of it under "heteronyms"—fully fleshed alter egos with startlingly different styles and points of view. Offering a unique sampling of all his most famous voices, this collection features poems that have never before been translated alongside many originally composed in English. In addition to such major works as "Maritime Ode of Campos" and his Goethe-inspired Faust, written in blank verse, there are several stunning poems that have only come to light in the last five years. Selected and translated by leading Pessoa scholar Richard Zenith, this is the finest introduction available to the breadth of Pessoa’s genius.

The translations are based on the most authoritative editions, verified against the original manuscripts
Includes an Introduction discussing Pessoa, his work, and the phenomenon of "heteronymy" as well as a chronology

 

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Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935), born in Lisbon and brought up in South Africa, returned to Portugal in 1905, where he wrote prolifically while supporting himself as a translator.Richard Zenith works as a writer and researcher in the Fernando Pessoa archives in Lisbon. He translated The Book of Disquiet for Penguin Classics.
 
Published April 4, 2006 by Penguin Classic. 484 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Translator Zenith's new selection of Portugal's major 20th century poet is more inclusive than any to date and includes works from all of Pessoa's alter-egos (each has his own biography, poetics and p

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