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The Book of Disquiet

7th March 2014

Hi there!

First of all I'd like to tell you that I'm really excited with this class. I work in the publishing business but never actually worked with cover design and my creative side always wanted to give it a go. Also, I'd like to apologise in advance for any mistakes as I'm not an English native speaker.

The book of my choise is "The Book of Disquiet" by a Portuguese writer, Fernando Pessoa. Few years ago, before my first visit in Portugal, I wanted to read something by a Portuguese writer, so I went to the nearest library and randomly took a book from the shelf with Portuguese literature. I think I was intrigued by the title - a little unsettling, but also a promising food for thought. After I started reading I realised that it was one of the best books I hae ever read, almost like stealing thougts from my head and putting it in someone else's book. Here is a quote form a feview in The Guardian, to give you a feel.

This collection of fragmented, meandering observations and introspections cannot be described as a novel; it is more an insomniac's journal, written in the persona of an accounting clerk in Lisbon, Bernardo Soares. He is a man on first-name terms with tedium and despair, but he challenges these in his writing, dedicating himself to describing the nebulous, abstract and sometimes terrifying nature of consciousness with the exactitude of a divine book-keeper: But there are also moments, like now, when I feel too oppressed and too aware of myself to be conscious of external things and everything then becomes for me a night of rain and mud, alone and lost in an abandoned railway station, where the last third-class train left hours ago and the next has yet to arrive.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/oct/17/book-of-disquiet-fernando-pessoa-review

I gathered some covers of different editions of the book and otehr relevant images. Most of the covers are playing with the image of Pessoa himself, which by now is almost like a pop-culture item, appearing as street art in Portuguese streets. As you could call Pessoa a flâneur, there are also covers showing him on the streets of Lisbon.Some of the covers just use the image of a head to suggest that there is a lot of thinking. I think it's enough to start with, now I'm going to reread the book and find some inspiring ideas.

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