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1896

Fernando Pessoa accompanied his family to Durban in South Africa

Fernando Pessoa in Durban, South Africa, aged 10.
Photo of 1898

 

Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), one of Portugal’s greatest poets, accompanied his family to Durban in South Africa, where he learned good English. He published several books of poetry in this language and kept a diary in English, and often did the Times’ crossword puzzle.

His last written words were in English: “I know not what tomorrow will bring”.

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