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  • Mammoth, definitive and sublime. Zenith has written the only kind of biography truly permissible, an account of a life that plucks at the very borders and burdens of the notion of a self ... Zenith reconstructs a life with supple scholarship and just the right kind of proportion ... never losing sight of the fact that Pessoa's real life happened elsewhere, as for many writers, alone and at his desk.

    New York Times
  • A completely superb and magisterial life of Fernando Pessoa. Finally, this extraordinary poet gets the great biography he deserves. Unsurpassable.

    William Boyd
  • Finally! A brilliant biography that places Pessoa where he should have always belonged, with Joyce, Proust, and Musil - true giants, none of whom were Nobel laureates.

    André Aciman, author of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
  • Monumental ... Zenith brought to the task a depth of scholarship gained through more than 30 years of publishing, translating and promoting his subject's work; Pessoa, who had few intimates in life, is lucky to have found this posthumous friend ... Pessoa really did build an entire city. It was a city that needed a guide. Thanks to Zenith, it has one at last.

    Benjamin Moser, New York Times
  • A gloriously labyrinthine biography ... Zenith's dynamic prose, deep erudition, and incisive readings of Pessoa's poetry make for a meticulous portrait of one artist's brilliant and bewildering inner world.

    Publishers Weekly
  • Pessoa is a triumph of scholarship and verve that one cannot easily put down.

    Antonio Damasio, author of DESCARTES' ERROR
  • Richard Zenith is his genius biographer who has given [Pessoa] fresh life. No one on earth knows more about Pessoa. With its historical sweep and novelistic execution, this biography will never be bested.

    William Giraldi, author of AMERICAN AUDACITY
  • When you consider the fantastically vivid details of Fernando Pessoa's curious life contained in this biography, and the energetic and elegant quality of the writing, you might wonder if this book is actually a just discovered autobiography, written by one of Pessoa's heteronyms, 'Richard Zenith.' No one, it seems, could know so much or relate it so marvelously unless they had lived inside Pessoa's head. Zenith's Pessoa is magnificent.

    Forrest Gander, author of BE WITH

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