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Will the real Fernando please stand up? - Ilan Stavans

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On November 30th, 1935, dozens of writers passed away. They came from different backgrounds, espoused divergent beliefs, and wrote in a variety of styles. Yet almost 30,000 pages of their work was stashed in a trunk in an apartment in Lisbon, Portugal. So, what mysterious string tied all these writers together? Ilan Stavans explores the enigmatic life of Fernando Pessoa and his many identities.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Ilan Stavans
  • Director Héloïse Dorsan Rachet
  • Narrator Christina Greer
  • Music André Aires, João Mendes
  • Sound Designer André Aires, João Mendes
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Producer Sazia Afrin
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Cella Wright
  • Script Editor Iseult Gillespie
  • Fact-Checker Charles Wallace

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