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 modify egos with startlingly various kinds and issues of view. providing a special sampling of all his most famed voices, this assortment positive aspects poems that experience by no means ahead of 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 numerous attractive poems that experience basically come to mild within the final 5 years. chosen and translated by way of best Pessoa student Richard Zenith, this can be the best advent on hand to the breadth of Pessoa’s genius.
* The translations are in keeping with the main authoritative variants, confirmed opposed to the unique manuscripts
* comprises an advent discussing Pessoa, his paintings, and the phenomenon of "heteronymy" in addition to a chronology
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