…a destination equally indifferent in the algebra of mystery…

Fernando Pessoa (1888 - 1935)

“During the day I am nothing and during the night I am myself. There is no difference between me and the streets of the port, except from the fact that they are streets and I am a soul, a difference which may be without meaning in the deeper essence of things. There is a common destiny – albeit abstract – for people and things alike, a predestination equally indifferent in the algebra of mystery.”

From “The Book of Disquiet” by Bernardo Soares, Fernando Pessoa’s semi – heteronym (late 1920′s and 1930′s)

 After Pessoa died in 1935, broken by excessive drinking, a chest containing 27453 of draft pages was found in his room, a material that is still studied to this day. Pessoa had invented 72 heteronyms, imaginary persons with their own characters, professions, literary styles and their own names under which Pessoa signed his works. The “Book of Disquiet”, first published in 1982 is a fragmentary, diary – like work of Pessoa, signed under the name of the heteronym Bernardo Soares, an assistant bookkeeper of Lisbon.


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