Item description for Message by Helder Macedo Fernando Pessoa...
Message ("Mensagem") was the only book of verse in his own language that Pessoa saw through the press in his lifetime. On the face of it, a patriotic sequence steeped in 'Sebastianismo', the poems offer much more than this, the Kings and navigators of the Portugal's history standing as avatars of the poet's self, their explorations and heroic deeds projections of the poet's inner creative life. Although Pessoa is famous for the many heteronyms under which he composed verse in wildly different styles, this volume was published under his own name - the 'orthonym', as he defined it - and it remains one of his great masterpieces. This edition brings Jonathn Griffin's fine translation (originally published by the Menard Press in 1992) back into print, as part of Shearsman's Pessoa edition.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.19" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.31" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Sep 15, 2007
Publisher Shearsman Books
ISBN 190570027X ISBN13 9781905700271
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If you are wondering how the portuguese are like, Pessoa's book will give you a hint. Unfortunately things haven't changed much since the author's time. Once a great nation of sailors and of a great world wide empire, nothing remains but a dull far away memory of what we were. We tend to live to much from the glories of the past without ever thinking of the possible glories of the future. We live in the shadow of Camões's epic poem "Os Lusíadas" still thinking it was the greatest portuguese literary work ever written. On the 25th of April 1974 a new generation raised from the fall of a dictatorship of almost 30 years. But those who gave birth to the revolution are now those who perpetuate the social differences between rich and poor, good and bad, high and low. Ironic isn't it? As Pessoa, I still have hope. This people is made of hope although lacking some iniciative to actually make a difference... If something goes wrong, blame it on the government. If something goes right, thank God for it. The Fifth Empire hasn't arrived yet, and I hardly think it ever will. Pessoa is one of the greatest portuguese writers of all time but he's not the only one. I also reccomend (if a translated version is available)Mário de Sá-Carneiro, José Saramago, Virgílio Ferreira, Eça de Queiroz, Antero de Quental. These are the so-called classics, just to get you started in the discovery of portuguese literature.
For those with knowledge Jul 11, 2001
The poetry is cunningly crafted, but I am not sure how well the translation really stands up, as I read it in the native Portuguese.
Those who have never studied Portuguese history will probably rate this only a 2 or three statrs, but those who have studied Portuguese history in depth and have developed a sense for the sentiment of the nation will be amazed at how Pessoa has managed to capture the flavour and emotion of centuries of a nation's past into his clever verses.
I give it four stars as it is a translation. The portuguese version gets five and then some.
Indispensável - Essencial Dec 26, 1998
Indispensável, não apenas para os portugueses, mas também para os brasileiros e falantes do Português em geral.