Fernando Pessoa was the apostle of an antidemocratic and elitist nationalism. A mystical nationalism was perhaps the only element of ideological coherence in his work. He was always marked by the radicality of his ideological and political attitudes.
Fernando Pessoa is the slave of the intelligence but not of reason. He is an intellectual being, because in him the intelligence governs the senses...
Pessoa is the guru and his reader the neophyte to be initiated into the mysteries to which Pessoa holds the key.
Fernando Pessoa is the most extraordinary poet of Orpheu and the most astonishing poetic phenomenon of this century.
Fernando Pessoa is the greatest Portuguese poet since Camões, and one of the most complex and astonishing figures of 20th-century literature.
Eloquent, volatile and obsessed with life – and death – [Pessoa is one of the] modernist giants in whose shadow we live and who made our century one of extraordinary richness.
[Pessoa was] Portugal's greatest writer of the twentieth century [though] some critics would even leave off that last qualifying phrase. [He was] one of the most appealing European modernists, equal in command and range to his contemporaries Rilke and Mandelstam .
[Pessoa] is the modernist's modernist: an inspired amalgam of Lewis Carroll, Aristophanes , Erasmus , Voltaire (& Co., if you will), whose exquisite mixed praises of human and literary folly create a polyphony unlike any other prose music you've ever heard.
Pessoa is the master of reversals in the literature.
Fernando Pessoa (himself)
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