“He looked like an elf who’d gone through a bad divorce.”
I will have to check this out. For a book that is chock-a-block full of eminently quotable quotes, you absolutely must read “The Book of Disquiet: A Factless Autobiography” by Bernardo Soares (a heteronym of Fernando Pessoa). It’s not so much a novel as a series of meditations (somewhat existential) on writing, art, and life by someone who has closed himself off in a tiny street in Lisbon. I’ve been reading it in bits and pieces since my trip to Portugal last year. Here’s a sample:
“The abstract intelligence produces a fatigue that is the worst of all fatigues. It doesn’t weigh on us like bodily fatigue, nor disconcert like the fatigue of emotional experience. It’s the weight of our consciousness of the world, a shortness of breath in our soul.”
I’ve placed the book on my to read list….thanks!
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