By Pessoa, Fernando; Lisboa, Eugénio; Taylor, Len Clive
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Taylor Translated by Bernard McGuirk and Maria Manuel Lisboa COMMENT AND RESPONSE BIBLIOGRAPHY Select bibliography, English and Portuguese, by José Blanco About the Author Copyright ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS THE EDITORS WOULD LIKE TO THANK: Donors of financial support essential to this publication: The Trustees of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; The Instituto Camões, Lisbon; The Instituto da Biblioteca Nacional e do Livro, Lisbon. Authors and publishers who allowed previously published works to be included in this anthology: Octavio Paz: ‘Introduction’ to Fernando Pessoa: Antologia, Mexico 1962; its translation by Michael Schmidt first appeared in Numbers, 4, Cambridge 1988; Antonio Tabucchi: Uma Conversa no Outono de 1935 Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda, Lisbon 1935; Richard Zenith: The Book of Disquietude Carcanet, Manchester 1991.
Mike Eltenton, who has acted as invaluable intermediary and organizer in numerous transactions and arrangements in Lisbon. Brian Scragg, who wrestled with some dense pieces of French literary criticism for the ‘Comment and Response’ section, and Adam Taylor who contributed translations from the Italian. The Trustee, Director and Staff of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s office in London for indispensable administrative and general support. Frequent, cheerful and willing ‘hands-on’ help, which has lightened the labours of editing, has been received from: Brian Neville, Jayne Eustace, Joy Eaton, Andrée Mas, and Lynne Cope, who made sense on a word-processor of a particularly awkward text.
The weakness of Caeiro rests not in his ideas (that is, rather, his strength); it consists in the unreality of the experience he says he embodies. Adam in a villa in provincial Portugal, without woman, children or creator: without conscience, work or religion. A sensation among sensations, an existing among existences. Rock is rock and Caeiro is Caeiro, at this moment. Later on, each will be something different. Or the same. It’s the same or it’s different: everything’s the same by being different.