Mário de Sá-Carneiro
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|Mário de Sá-Carneiro|
May 19, 1890|
April 26, 1916 (aged 25)|
|Occupation||Poet and writer|
Mário de Sá-Carneiro was born to a wealthy family with a strong military tradition. His mother died in 1892 when he was two years old, and he was subsequently raised by his grandparents. He lived on a farm near Lisbon where he would spend most of his life. Sá-Carneiro started writing poems at the age of 12. By the age of 15, he had already translated several works by Victor Hugo. By 16, he had translated some works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller. He began to write fiction in high school, partly due to his work as an actor. In 1911, he left for Coimbra, where he was admitted to law school, although he never progressed beyond his first year. However, he met a man who would soon become his closest friend, Fernando Pessoa, and who introduced him to the group of modernists of Lisbon.
After leaving the city of students, as Coimbra is known, Sá-Carneiro went to Paris to study at the Sorbonne. Although his father continued to pay for his studies, Sá-Carneiro stopped attending classes very soon after arriving in Paris. He lived a bohemian lifestyle, roaming round the theatres and bars.
Together with Fernando Pessoa and Almada Negreiros, he wrote for Orpheu, a magazine of poetry and artistic prose influenced by cosmopolitanism and the European Avant-Garde. The magazine caused a scandal in Portuguese society because of its futuristic idealism. Only two issues of the magazine were published. A third one was prepared but never published, owing to the controversy surrounding the magazine and a lack of money. Today, Orpheu is known for being one of the finest and most important examples of Portuguese literature, and for introducing modernism in Portugal.
In July 1915, Sá-Carneiro returned to Paris by train. He planned, with Fernando Pessoa, to publish issue no. 3 of Orpheu, but his father and sponsor of the magazine, living in Mozambique at the time, refused to disburse more money. While World War I was in progress in the north of France, he left the university and started a relationship with a prostitute. A few months later, with growing financial problems and suffering from depression, Sá-Carneiro wrote a dramatic letter to Fernando Pessoa on March 31, 1916:
- "Unless there occurs a miracle, next Monday, March (or even the day before), your friend Mário de Sá-Carneiro will take a strong dose of strychnine and disappear from this world."
Extremely unhappy with his life, he still delayed the suicide by almost one month. But, as he had proclaimed, at the age of 25 he killed himself by swallowing a large dose of strychnine on 26 April 1916, at the Hôtel de Nice in the Montmartre district of Paris. Orpheu nr.3 was never published.
In 1912, he wrote his first play, Amizade (the title means friendship), in partnership with Tomás Cabreira Júnior. In the same year, he published Príncipio, a collection of novels.
Sá-Carneiro's first publication of poetry was Dispersão, published in 1913, which included twelve poems. He wrote another book, Indícios de Oiro, but it was not published until over twenty years after his death, in the magazine Presença. In 1946 these two books were published along with some of Sá-Carneiro's poems in the Orpheu magazine as a unique book.
Centennial Anniversary of Mário de Sá-Carneiro's death
The 100th anniversary of Mário de Sá-Carneiro's death, on April 26, 2016, was highlighted in Portugal and abroad with a number of publications and events, such as the colloquium «Sá-Carneiro et les autres» (Paris), the exhibit «Mil Anos Me Separam de Amanhã» (Paredes de Coura), integrated in the festival Realizar-Poesia , an exhibit at the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, titled «Mário de Sá-Carneiro, "O Homem São Louco"» , and a conference and audio-theatre at the Casa Fernando Pessoa.
- "Mário de Sá-Carneiro". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- Vasconcelos, Ricardo, "Dissemination and Central Redemption in the Poetry of Mário de Sá-Carneiro", Pessoa Plural nr.4, Fall 2013.
- Vasconcelos, Ricardo, "The Cubist Experimentation of Mário de Sá-Carneiro", Pessoa Plural nr.6, Fall 2014.
- Works by Mário de Sá-Carneiro at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Mário de Sá-Carneiro at Internet Archive
- Works by Mário de Sá-Carneiro at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Biography of Sá-Carneiro at the Instituto Camões
- Mário de Sá Carneiro (1890-1916), Lisboa, Biblioteca Nacional, 1990, na Biblioteca Nacional Digital
- Biography and some poems - As Tormentas
- Website Mário de Sá-Carneiro Online