Fernando Pessoa unmasked?

Fernando Pessoa unmasked?

College of Arts School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Date: Monday 24 October 2022
Time: 17:00 - 18:00
Venue: John Smith's Bookstore (Fraser Building, University of Glasgow).
Category: Public lectures, Social events
Speaker: Richard Zenith
Website: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/442693607497
Document: Fernando Pessoa unmasked poster

The award-winning translator Richard Zenith will be in Glasgow to kickstart a nationwide tour of his Pulitzer Prize finalist biography of Fernando Pessoa, Pessoa: an Experimental Life (Penguin, 2022). In conversation with Luís Gomes (Portuguese Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures), Zenith will discuss Pessoa's experiments in literature, politics, sexuality, and spirituality. He will talk as well about his method for drawing a portrait of the shy office worker lurking behind the many personae he called heteronyms.

We’ll also be asking what led Fernando Pessoa, in 1914 Lisbon, to create a direct connection with Glasgow through Álvaro de Campos, Pessoa's most outrageous modernist heteronym par excellence, to whom Pessoa ascribed his formative years studying Engineering at the Naval College.

Supported by the Camões Institute I.P., and also by John Smith's Bookshop (University of Glasgow), who are not only kindly hosting the event, but are also offering a discount on the purchase of Pessoa's biography (with free UK postage).

Free, but ticketed: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/442693607497

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