A: someone who reads the most international fiction of anyone I know. And his recommendation comes from Portugal.
M: Pessoa invented numerous alter egos. Arguably, the four greatest poets in the Portuguese language were all Fernando Pessoa using different names. He didn't stop there. Pessoa invented short story writers, translators, philosophers, an astrologer, a baron who committed suicide, and a hunchbacked, lovelorn woman by the name of Maria Jose - more than 72 creations, by some accounts.
: Pessoa might have died a recluse, but if you read his book, he'll be your good friend. He certainly is mine.
: That's writer Rabih Alameddine, author of "The Hakawati." He was recommending "The Book of Disquiet," by Fernando Pessoa.
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