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A blog where subjects are unlimited and perspectives are endless. Here we start from the book and return to it, to deal with the most important current issues. We give voice to Livraria Lello and we invite different agents of society to share their voice as well.
Eça
04 of June of 2024
Eça Queirós writer

The title of this text seems inexpressive, since Eça de Queirós is nothing other than a writer, a condition that raises no doubts.

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Livraria Lello suggests...
17 of May of 2024
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Boundless now has a new format. This time, the month's reading suggestions come from our Purchasing Technician, Inês Teixeira.

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ALMEIDA
15 of May of 2024
Almeida Garrett

Almeida Garrett (Porto, 1799 - Lisbon, 1854) can rightly be considered an exponent of Portuguese literary modernity.

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Livraria Lello sugere...
29 of April of 2024
Bookprint - Ana Aragão

The "Bookprint" rubric gives a voice to reading through renowned personalities from a wide range of fields. We invite artists, musicians, painters, athletes, illustrators, filmmakers, scientists, among others, to write an opinion piece on the impact that reading/books have had on their journey to reach the level they are at now.

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25 de abril
22 of April of 2024
Portugal 50 years after April 25!

The UC General Library, of which I was director between 2019 and 2023, organized a series of talks on April 25 and the changes that have taken place in Portugal to date.

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17 of April of 2024
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In April we celebrate 50 years of Freedom, a historic milestone for Portugal and the world. An opportunity to reflect on the current situation and also to pay tribute to the heroes and heroines who fought for change.

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25 of March of 2024
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This March, the Most Beautiful Bookshop in the World suggests two works to praise Women and celebrate Poetry!

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13 of December of 2023
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In the month of December, the Most Beautiful Bookshop in the World aims to appeal to the younger readers. With Christmas holidays around the corner, enjoy this time by reading with the little ones.

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16 of November of 2023
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The month of November brought us the presence of author Enrique Vila-Matas and the launch of the book Annona ou Misto Curioso, now republished by Livraria Lello in a book in partnership with Real Gabinete Português de Leitura.

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23 of October of 2023
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This month, we had several events and commemorative days. The presence of author Jorge Carrión, who gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of his works, and the Halloween action with our visitors, were the central themes for October's reading suggestions.

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13 of September of 2023
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September arrives and Livraria Lello brings unique events and literary suggestions to mark this rentrée.

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12 of August of 2023
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The 12th of August is International Youth Day. These data aim to appeal to issues related to education, mental health, sustainability and, of course, youth culture around the world.

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21 of July of 2023
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In the month in which Day of France is also celebrated, our window display will be altered and completely dedicated to the French book Candide or Optimism, by Voltaire.

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22 of June of 2023
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June started with Children's Day and the arrival of author Richard Zimler, both on June 1st. Our booksellers brought books dedicated to this day as suggestions for the month.

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11 of May of 2023
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In May, we bring two renowned authors to the Most Beautiful Bookshop in the World: João de Melo and Itamar Vieira Junior.

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20 of April of 2023
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In April, we celebrate the presence of the author Pilar del Río at Livraria Lello and the arrival of Easter.

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31 of March of 2023
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March brought to the Most Beautiful Bookshoop in the World the author Rui Couceiro and the Manuscript of Love of Perdition by Camilo Castelo Branco.

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Camilo Castelo Branco
16 of March of 2023
A Love of Salvation

Article written by Joel Cleto for the exhibition "O Triângulo de Camilo".

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17 of February of 2023
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February arrived at Livraria Lello with news full of love and adventure.

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18 of January of 2023
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On the 13th, Livraria Lello completed 117 years and launched the new collection “Dystopic Novels” and the institutional book, “Livraria Lello: The Book”.

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LIVRARIA LELLO SUGGESTS "THE POP COLLECTION”
26 of December of 2022
LIVRARIA LELLO SUGGESTS "THE POP COLLECTION”

This month's suggestion from Livraria Lello is entirely dedicated to the new “The Pop Collection”!

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Livraria Lello sugere José Saramago
11 of November of 2022
Livraria Lello suggests José Saramago

In the month in which the celebrations of José Saramago's centenary come to an end, the best way to celebrate it is undoubtedly to read or reread the author's works.

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Livraria Lello sugere David Grossman
11 of October of 2022
Livraria Lello suggests David Grossman

October's suggestions are two novels written by one of today's most acclaimed writers. The booksellers of World's Most Beautiful Bookstore have chosen "A horse walks into a bar" and "See Under: Love" by David Grossman.

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Livraria Lello suggests Salman Rushdie
15 of September of 2022
Livraria Lello suggests Salman Rushdie

Our Booksellers suggest reading " Midnight's Children", "The Satanic Verses" and "Joseph Anton". Three of the most famous works by Salman Rushdie, an author who has collected several literary awards throughout his career.

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Miguel Torga: An anti-regime writer protected by Salazar's publisher
09 of August of 2022
Miguel Torga: An anti-regime writer protected by Salazar's publisher

A publishing house founded by Salazar publishing anti-regime books? It seems impossible, but it happened. Discover how the stories of Miguel Torga, the most censored writer during Estado Novo, marked the history of Coimbra Editora.

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"A Criação do Mundo", by Miguel Torga and "Tono-Bungay", by H. G. Wells are the suggestions of Livraria Lello booksellers for this month
05 of August of 2022
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"A Criação do Mundo", by Miguel Torga and "Tono-Bungay", by H. G. Wells are the suggestions of Livraria Lello booksellers for this month

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The library of a king who collected books
12 of April of 2022
The library of a king who collected books

Truly in love with books, the last Portuguese king gathered works from the 16th century that he later compiled into what is considered one of the best collections of 16th-century Portuguese publications.

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Livraria Lello suggests."Pela Estrada Fora" by Jack Kerouac and "Caim" by José Saramago
09 of June of 2022
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"Pela Estrada Fora" by Jack Kerouac and "Caim" by José Saramago are the suggestions of the booksellers of Livraria Lello for this month. Livraria Lello suggests

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Livraria Lello suggests.."Os da Minha Rua" and "Quantas madrugadas tem a noite", by Ondjaki
09 of June of 2022
Livraria Lello suggests…

"Os da Minha Rua" and "Quantas madrugadas tem a noite", by Ondjaki are the suggestions of the booksellers of Livraria Lello for this month.

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Livraria Lello suggests.."Gabriela Cravo e Canela", Jorge Amado and "Jerusalém", Gonçalo M. Tavares
05 of May of 2022
Livraria Lello suggests…

"Gabriela Cravo e Canela", Jorge Amado and "Jerusalém", Gonçalo M. Tavares are the suggestions from the booksellers at Livraria Lello for this month.

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The Words of April: Towards Freedom
25 of April of 2022
The Words of April: Towards Freedom

When Portugal was repressed by the dictatorship, the word played a fundamental role in the struggle for freedom. Literature and music gave it a voice.

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Social Media and Books: An optimistic perspective
23 of April of 2022
Social Media and Books: An optimistic perspective

Social media, particularly Instagram, represent a privileged territory in which the proposal of greater attention to reading and books can reach more people in a direct way.

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Does the virtual world give books the prominence they deserve?
23 of April of 2022
Does the virtual world give books the prominence they deserve?

Contact with Books is not limited to buying and reading. Nowadays, technology allows people to be in permanent contact with books and to have immediate access to what they need and what they are looking for

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Gracie and Michael at Brazenhead
14 of April of 2022
“Michael always followed his own path and he wasn’t afraid to do what he wanted”

Livraria Lello acquired part of the estate of Brazenhead Books after the death of its owner, Michael Seidenberg, known as "New York's last pirate". The bookseller's memoirs are now on display at the newly opened Gemma. We went to talk to Gracie Bialecki, Michael's personal assistant, to find out more about that space where strangers and personalities met to talk books late into the night.

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Livraria Lello suggests.."Obra Poética", by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andersen and "Jane Eyre", by Charlotte Brontë
08 of March of 2022
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"Obra Poética", by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andersen and "Jane Eyre", by Charlotte Brontë are the suggestions from the booksellers at Livraria Lello for this month.

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Love + Fate = Star-Crossed Lovers
12 of April of 2022
Love + Fate = Star-Crossed Lovers

Romeo and Juliet is the subject that brings Spring to our window displays. Inspired by Luhrmann’s kitsch 90s universe present in Romeo + Juliet, an explosion of color and blossoming flowers aim to bring two classics – Shakespeare’s and Luhrmann’s – to the world’s most beautiful bookshop and therefore connect both works with younger generations.

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Livraria Lello suggests.."Nils Holgersson's Wonderful Journey Through Sweden", by Selma Lagerlöf and "The Lost Soul", by Olga Tokarczuk
08 of March of 2022
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"Nils Holgersson's Wonderful Journey Through Sweden", by Selma Lagerlöf and "The Lost Soul", by Olga Tokarczuk are the suggestions from the booksellers at Livraria Lello for this month.

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Virginia Woolf
08 of March of 2022
Virginia Woolf and the role of women in literature

March is the month of women at Livraria Lello and, therefore, we propose to explore the role of women in literature from Virginia Woolf's perspective.

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Livraria Lello suggests..."Madame Bovary", by Gustave Flaubert, "Don Quijote de la Mancha", by Miguel Cervantes and "The Great Gatsby", by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
10 of February of 2022
Livraria Lello suggests…

Madame Bovary", by Gustave Flaubert, "Don Quijote de la Mancha", by Miguel Cervantes and "The Great Gatsby", by F. Scott Fitzgerald, are the suggestions from Livraria Lello's booksellers for this month.

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Livraria Lello Suggests… "O Vício dos Livros" and "Para Onde Vão os Guarda-Chuvas", by Afonso Cruz
06 of October of 2021
Livraria Lello Suggests…

"O Vício dos Livros" and "Para Onde Vão os Guarda-Chuvas", by Afonso Cruz, are the suggestions of Livraria Lello's booksellers for the month of October.

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Hemingway Treasures: what makes these books so valuable?
26 of October of 2021
Hemingway Treasures: what makes these books so valuable?

"The Sun Also Rises", "A Farewell to Arms", and "Old Man and The Sea" are three of Ernest Hemingway's most iconic books. Three works that, in recent years, have achieved impressive values at auction, worthy of true treasures. In this article we present the copies in question and reveal what makes them so special.

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“Livraria Lello, TIME and Nobel Prize together in an exhibition that celebrates writing”
18 of October of 2021
“Livraria Lello, TIME and Nobel Prize together in an exhibition that celebrates writing”

The creative director of TIME magazine answers some questions from Livraria Lello about the experience of conceiving the installation "Livraria Lello X Time: What Makes a Nobel?". D.W. Pine reveals that, during the research process, he was surprised by the names included (and excluded) from the list of Nobel Prize laureates in Literature. He challenges readers to go through the same experience by visiting the exhibition.

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Abdulrazak Gurnah: The surprising Nobel Prize in Literature winner
07 of October of 2021
Abdulrazak Gurnah: The surprising Nobel Prize in Literature winner

At the invitation of Livraria Lello, here are the bookstagrammers first reactions. Sandra Cavaleiro, Carolina Branquinho, Álvaro Cúria, and Ludgero Cardoso have a big passion for books and they share it with the world through their Instagram pages. All followed with great anxiety the disclosure of the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2021.

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Livraria Lello Suggests… "O Vício dos Livros" and "Para Onde Vão os Guarda-Chuvas", by Afonso Cruz
06 of October of 2021
Livraria Lello Suggests…

"O Vício dos Livros" and "Para Onde Vão os Guarda-Chuvas", by Afonso Cruz, are the suggestions of Livraria Lello's booksellers for the month of October.

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Nobel Prize in Literature 2021: Livraria Lello’s list of candidates
04 of October of 2021
Nobel Prize in Literature 2021: Livraria Lello’s list of candidates

A few days before the announcement of the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021, the lists of favorites multiply and the bookmakers are in full swing! Livraria Lello contributes to the reflection on the choice of the Swedish Academy, remembering the candidates for the greatest award in world literature who are highlighted in the Most Beautiful Bookstore in the World. Check out the 21 names that make up our list!

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Dia Internacional da Música
01 of October of 2021
Vice versa

Article by Joana Alegre | “Today and since we exist in the possibility of accessing knowledge, it is unquestionable that you are a better musician when you read a lot, in terms of quality, and vice versa. It is not possible to have an artistic voice if you do not experience this intense and secular correlation between poetry and music (…).”

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Dia Mundial do Sonho
24 of September of 2021
When the dream is to write: what changes after winning a literary award?

Exactly one year ago, on World Dream Day, the winners of the literary competition “Quarantine Short Stories” were announced. To mark the date, we talked with Cláudia Barbieri, Cláudia Fernandes, Frederico Klumb, Helena Correia, Hugo Araújo, Márcio Cruzeiro and Mathieu Fleury, to understand what has changed in the last year.

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Hugo van der Ding
17 of September of 2021
“When I hear people calling me an illustrator or cartoonist it makes me want to laugh”

In his first meeting with Livraria Lello, Hugo Sousa Tavares, known as Hugo van der Ding, insisted on having his bookshelves loaded with books as a backdrop. In a humorous conversation – as it should be – Hugo van der Ding revealed an intimate relationship with the world of books.

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Porto city
26 of August of 2021
Three books & Three trips

Holidays are synonymous with rest, relaxation, and leisure. But it’s also a time to redefine the return to studies or work. For this vacation period, when many people are still on vacation, we recommend three readings, in three different literary forms.

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A LITERARY PORTO: 5 SPOTS THAT BOOK LOVERS CAN'T AFFORD TO MISS
30 of July of 2021
A LITERARY PORTO: 5 SPOTS THAT BOOK LOVERS CAN'T AFFORD TO MISS

Literature runs in the DNA of Porto: from streets named after authors, to street bookshops and second-hand booksellers, passing through places that inspire writing. In fact, it is tough to choose. With this in mind, Livraria Lello suggests some places you cannot miss to enjoy the perfect summer day.

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Livraria Lello suggests… "Selected Poems", by Jorge Luís Borges, and "Pão com Fiambre", by Charles Bukowski
29 of July of 2021
Livraria Lello suggests…

"Selected Poems", by Jorge Luís Borges, and "Pão com Fiambre" [Ham On Rye], by Charles Bukowski, are the suggestions of Livraria Lello booksellers for August.

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DW Pine
20 of July of 2021
A Historic Partnership

"When Livraria Lello commissioned me to create a large-scale exhibition of TIME covers, it was a wonderful opportunity to not only partner with the world’s most beautiful bookstore, but to see TIME’s nearly 100-year history prominently displayed". D.W. Pine

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LIVRARIA LELLO HAS NEVER BEEN CLOSER
06 of July of 2021
LIVRARIA LELLO HAS NEVER BEEN CLOSER

The World’s Most Beautiful Bookshop has a new address in the digital world. A new website brings all Livraria Lello's personality online, in an agile, intuitive, and close way. It is true. We've never been closer!

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Livraria Lello suggests… "Teoria Geral do Esquecimento" and "Os Vivos e os Outros"
05 of July of 2021
Livraria Lello suggests...

"Teoria Geral do Esquecimento" and "Os Vivos e os Outros" are the suggestions of Livraria Lello booksellers for this month.

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Nobel of female literature
17 of March of 2021
Women and Nobel Prize in Literature: 5 Authors You Should Know

We highlight five women, five writers, five Nobel Prizes for Literature. They are part of the short list of authors who, between 1909 and 2020, were recognized by the Swedish Academy and represent Women and Writers, in all their diversity. Getting to know them and reading them is Livraria Lello's suggestion for you, on International Women's Day.

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