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Fernando Pessoa: 5 universal verse from Mensagem

March 12, 2020 5:44 pm

Mensagem is the only book of poems, written in Portuguese, that Fernando Pessoa published during his life, in 1934. The edition is linked to the Antero de Quental Award, with which the book was awarded that same year. This is a widely known book in Portugal, albeit not quite so outside the country, despite being one of Pessoa’s most important works. Such asymmetry may be explained by the fact that Mensagem is a book that, on the surface, only talks... View Article

A century later: What did Fernando Pessoa do and write in 1920?

February 5, 2020 5:49 pm

The year 1920 is a milestone for Fernando Pessoa’s intimate, familiar and sentimental life. Indeed, this is the year the writer experiences the first phase of courting Ofélia Queirós . In addition, it is the year in which Pessoa’s mother – Maria Madalena Pinheiro Nogueira – returns to Lisbon from South Africa, with three of Pessoa’s brothers, after having lived there for about twenty-four years. From the literary outlook, 1920 is for Pessoa a period of writing and publications in two languages, Portuguese and English, at the beginning of... View Article

5 texts by Fernando Pessoa on Christmas

December 20, 2019 1:37 pm

Christmas is one of the main Christian festivities and one of the most celebrated festive occasions in the world, even by non-believers. Pessoa obviously embarked on literary forays into this day, so meaningful in the traditions and rites of Humankind. These are scattered, heterogeneous references in which different aspects (literary, philosophical, and religious) of Pessoa’s sensitivity and poetics emerge. On this regard, it is important to underline that Pessoa, throughout his life, experienced different religious and spiritual phases and sensitivities... View Article

Fernando Pessoa and Ofélia Queiroz: 100 years of love (1919-2019)

October 31, 2019 1:19 pm

It was in 1919 that Fernando Pessoa met the woman who will be in history as his only girlfriend: Ofélia Queiroz. Both would have met at the end of the year. So, between autumn and the beginning of winter of 2019, the centenary of such meeting is celebrated, which was a memorable moment in Pessoa’s life and started a love relationship between both of them, being one of the most read and spoken of Portuguese literature. So, let us know... View Article

Lisbon in Goulart’s painting: any path leads to Pessoa

September 20, 2019 2:40 pm

Presented at Lisboa Pessoa Hotel from June until September 2019, the exhibition «Any path leads everywhere» by the Portuguese artist Goulart proposes a pictorial interpretation of the city of Lisbon inspired by Fernando Pessoa‘s work and the urban landscape surrounding the Lisboa Pessoa Hotel, in the Lisbon area of Carmo. Goulart’s city hides and displays the mystery of the pursuit of knowledge, while his artistic creation reveals the «continuous search for the essence of Lisbon in Pessoa» in an aesthetic... View Article

Orpheu’s birth location

July 12, 2019 3:11 pm

The Lisboa Pessoa Hotel is located in the same address of the former “Tipografia do Comércio”, which in 1915 printed the two copies of Orpheu – Revista Trimestral de Literatura (Orpheu – Quarterly Literary Magazine), probably the most important periodic publication of the Portuguese contemporary culture. At Rua Oliveira ao Carmo, no. 10 (currently no. 8), in the centre of Lisbon, the cultural legacy of Pessoa and Orpheu remains alive and contemporary by means of a literary tourism project dedicated... View Article

5 Less known heteronyms of Pessoa (but important ones)

May 29, 2019 11:35 am

In this article we will discover some of Fernando Pessoa‘s “heteronyms” which, although important in his work, are less known to the general public. By this, we aim to specify and briefly introduce a relevant part of Pessoa’s writing, diving into the fascinating and enigmatic plurality of this universal author. As it is well known, Fernando Pessoa is a very peculiar author in the world literature history as, in addition to having written a genius work under his own name,... View Article

The metaphor of the hotel in Pessoa’s work

March 31, 2019 5:15 pm

In the beginning of the 20th-century, hotels represented cosmopolitanism and the advances of the modern era, which was steadily growing with the technology used in transportation, which enabled increasingly more rapid movements and increasingly more international journeys across the world. The modernist and cosmopolitan dream of the Orpheu Generation was peculiarly experienced by the poet Mário de Sá-Carneiro, Pessoa’s best friend, who wrote several letters to Pessoa while staying hotels in European cities, such as Barcelona and Paris. It was... View Article

Fernando Pessoa and the Carnival

February 28, 2019 7:41 pm

It is often said and underlined that the surname Pessoa, originating in the Latin word persona («mask»), was fatally appropriated by the poet who received such name – Fernando Pessoa. Universally known as the author of the heteronyms, the poet from Lisbon stands in the history of literature as the demiurge of numerous fictitious authors that populate and sign their own work. Pessoa, therefore, is and will be the poet of the masks. Nomem omem, as the Romans themselves said:... View Article

One century later: what was Fernando Pessoa doing and writing in 1919?

January 30, 2019 4:53 pm

An important period in the life of Fernando Pessoa, the year of 1919 establishes, on an international context and particularly in Europe, the official cessation of the hostilities of the Great War (1915-1918), following the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June, a few days after Pessoa turned 31. Here is how the writer experienced that period and what he was writing precisely one century ago in Lisbon.   Political disquiet Although a peaceful solution had been reached for... View Article

FERNANDO PESSOA, THE DREAM AND THE JOURNEY: an interview with Paulo Borges

December 31, 2018 4:42 pm

Paulo Borges is one of the Portuguese philosophers who, in the 21st century, has paid more attention to the work of Fernando Pessoa, in order to probe into and interpret the deep, labyrinthine and surprising thought of one of the most universal Portuguese writers. Paulo Borges has dedicated nine books to Pessoa, some translated into other languages, as well as contributing to dozens of conferences, including one at the Lisbon Pessoa Hotel, entitled «Life as a Dream: Rereading The Book of Disquiet... View Article

5 (+1) websites to read and admire the work of Fernando Pessoa

November 30, 2018 4:24 pm

Here are five online resources of high quality, which are entirely free, where it is possible to read, admire and immerse oneself in the work of Fernando Pessoa. Here are the best websites where you can find the digitalized, organized, transcribed or edited texts of the most universal of Portuguese writers, to view, read and download. Pessoa´s work is incredibly vast: he left around 27,000 papers in a legendary chest, at the time of his death on November 30, 1935;... View Article

Fernando Pessoa and Film

November 8, 2018 6:22 pm

Pessoa’s body of work is a dream, a theater of heteronyms, or a “drama in people,” as he called it. One can say that all of this holds a cinematographic element given the predominance of imagination in Pessoa’s writings. Thus, the seventh art did not remain indifferent to the Portuguese genius, nor did he remain indifferent to the art. It’s worth getting to know more about Fernando Pessoa and cinematography. Films about Pessoa Without meaning to exhaust the topic, here... View Article

“Lisbon and Pessoa by Ten Spanish Artists” Exhibit

September 15, 2018 4:29 pm

An Homage to the Literary City Thirty-five works by Spanish artists, dedicated to interpreting and paying tribute to Fernando Pessoa and the Portuguese capital’s literary fascination, have arrived at the heart of Lisbon. From September 15 to November 15, the paintings will be on display at Lisboa Pessoa Hotel, freely accessible on floor 0, as well as at Mensagem – Restaurant & Panoramic Bar. The exhibited pieces explore both the intimate connection between Pessoa and Lisbon and the intrinsic poetry... View Article