‘Author of paradoxes as clear as water and, as water, dizzying …mysterious man who does not cultivate mystery, mysterious as the mid-day moon, taciturn phantom of the Portuguese mid-day – who is Pessoa?’ asks Octavio Paz. This collection of the work of Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) answers that question. It is an essential introduction to the work of one of the most original European poets of the twentieth century. It includes translations of a broad selection of his poems and his extraordinary prose, and some of his original English writings. A major introductory essay by Octavio Paz, a critical anthology, two posthumous ‘interviews’ and illustrations from the Pessoa archive are also included, to reveal the world of Pessoa in all its richness.