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By Fernando Pessoa

ISBN-10: 1857547241

ISBN-13: 9781857547245

This number of the paintings of Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) is a necessary creation to the paintings of 1 of the main unique eu poets of the 20th century. It comprises translations of a wide choice of his poems and his amazing prose, in addition to a few of his unique English writings. an immense introductory essay by means of Octavio Paz, a severe anthology, posthumous "interviews," and archived illustrations also are incorporated, revealing the area of Pessoa in all its richness.

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M o t h e r . And whose fault? f a t h e r . See, you’re accusing me! m o t h e r . Well, you see, the children did want to be useful citi­ zens, which would have made me the mother of useful citizens; a very useful mother. But, as it is now all we can hope for is the preservation of our lives. And since we are getting old and shall lose them anyway, what is the use? f a t h e r . Oh, so you are blaming me. m o t h e r . What good is it to blame; what’s done is done. f a t h e r . Y ou blame so you can find the wound.

Realistically, things can never be the same; but one must hope for another path equally complacent as the one destroyed by the war, equally as thought­ less and comfortable as before the war. The best men have is that they die in their own beds while dreaming of confections . . m o t h e r . But the children, they want the illusion of usefulness. f a t h e r . Damn them. Each man for himself. That they decorate the household, it is well. But should they rise in expectations that weigh upon me, falling from decorative amusement, I turn a valve in my heart and cast them from my sympathies.

F a t h e r . ) Maybe they wish to sur­ render . . m o t h e r . What does it say? f a t h e r . It asks for our unconditional surrender . . m o t h e r . What does that mean? m o th e r. fa th e r. FA TH ER . O h s h u t U p! ) fa th er . m o th er , Where’s the d u m m y ? (from off stage) I’m bringing it. ) That’s not m e . No no, nor was it meant to be, no more than you were meant to be in the beginning . . f a t h e r . No no, it flatters nothing; nor does it extend by any means native luck, the indigenous resplendency .

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