In Copenhagen we lived in the same street where Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard used to live. At Sommersko that used to be just around the corner from us, I used to hang out with FP Jac and other poets. And I can’t visit home without having a beer (or two) at Cafe Nick – Schade’s, Tauscher’s and all the other Copenhagen Bohemians’ second home.
In Dublin I’ve walked in James Joyce’s food steps and for many years I always sipped Pastis in the cafes that Sartre and de Beauvoir used to frequent and shopped books at Shakespeare & Co that published Joyce’s Ullyses.
Call me a snob – BUT to me knowing the past of a neighborhood: all its places and personalities, all the local gossip, things and situations that have happened etc add a dimension to ones stay. Without the influential poets who have lived around us, Graça wouldn’t have the bohemian (Parisian?) feel it has. When you walk the streets of Graça you feel the spirit from Natália Correia, Angelina Vidal, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Florbela Espanca …. We are surrounded by them.
Maybe it’s the same for you. Maybe it’s not. Whether it is or isn’t, but if you are planning to visit Lisbon you should read Thomas Swick’s story about his Lisbon visit where he attended the Disquiet International Literary Program (Named after Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet).
If you live here – it’s a must.
Fernando Pessoa gazed out from the wall – as Thomas Swick wrongly writes. He gazes out of ALL walls, buildings and roads – he is everywhere!
…. Shakespeare was right.
A week before read Thomas Swick’s story, my friend Henrik List send me the link to Literary Hub. At the same time, Annette found our copy of The Book of Disquiet from the pile of books we received for our 25 anniversary. We still we haven’t had the time to read it yet. I have been looking at the book everyday since then.
Furthermore. Almost at the same time as I received Henrik’s link I had decided to re-publish a kind-of-similar article I wrote i 2016: Street art-Meets Literature: A Graca Tour in only 20 minutes.
Inspired by this post I reread Thomas Swick’s story again and mapped all Pessoa & other Literary locations in the Google map below so I can easily find it from my app next next time I go to that part of town.
If you feel inspired after reading about Pessoa you are more than welcome to use it yourself