Adam Phillips, 17 July 1997
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Carcanet, 335 pp., £25, May 1995, 9780856359361Show More
The Keeper of Sheep by Fernando Pessoa, translated by Edwin Honig and Susan Brown.
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The Book of Disquietude by Fernando Pessoa, translated by Richard Zenith.
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“... True originality,’ Cocteau, Pessoa’s contemporary, wrote, ‘consists in trying to behave like everybody else without succeeding.’ It was once characteristically modern to idealise originality, and to conceive of it as a form of failure. The fittest as those who didn’t fit. If there is nothing more compliant now than the wish to be original – to find one’s own voice etc – it is also assumed that originality and success can, and should, go together ...”