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Two Month Review #6.1: “The Book of Disquiet” with Declan Spring

The Two Month Review is back! This season we’ll be reading the New Directions publication of The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa, one of the greatest works of literature (or poetry?) from the past century. To kick things off Declan Spring joined Brian Wood and a (happily hungover on baseball and beer) Chad W. Post to introduce Pessoa and his many heteronyms. They talk a lot about ND’s Pessoa project, how they pitch uncategorizable books, how this edition differs from others, and much more.

As always, you can find the video for this episode on our YouTube channel, where we livestream the episodes every Wednesday morning. Next week we’ll be covering pages 1-40 (sections 1-39).

Feel free to comment on this episode—or on the book in general—either on this post, or at the official GoodReads Group.

Follow Open Letter, Chad Post, and Brian Wood for more thoughts on Pessoa and literature in general, and for information about upcoming guests.

You can find all the Two Month Review posts by clicking here. And be sure to leave us a review on iTunes. It really helps people to discover the podcast.

This season’s music is “E Às Vezes Dou Por Mim” by contemporary fado star Cristina Branco.



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