I'm not recommending a book, but almost a concept. Hervè Tullet's books are all equally challenging, fun and creative, for those who wish to do joint activities with children, while promoting reading habits at the same time.
Once I encounter something fun, clever and really well-written, like Os Monstrinhos da Roupa Suja, which I read to my two-year old son, without feeling the need to explain, I feel relieved. Because stories are sometimes just stories, and there can be a party of stained and dirty clothes, running away from cleaning-freak mom.
It is true that books are not measured by size. Yet, if the more than 600 pages of the novel Brothers, by Chinese author Hu Yua, can tell us anything is that, in this case, size equals excitement. This is a beautiful page turner, filled with precious details, rich language and style resources which add depth to the story.
We live in contradicting times: technology allows you to express thoughts and emotions anytime anywhere, and yet it seems we are spending less time showing one another how we really feel, hugs and all, emojis aside.
De Mim Já Nem Se Lembra ([He/She] does not even remember me anymore, in a free translation to English) is a beautiful epistolary novel by Brazilian awarded writer Luiz Ruffato that takes us back to Brazil in the 1970s.
The Trial, by Franz Kafka, is one of the best books ever written. It starts with questions and it leaves you without answers. It fails to define the clear boundaries between fiction and reality, and it leaves you utterly and purposely confused. As life does.
The Lover is a story about love, feelings, ambiguities and how nothing is black and white, how love is definitely not black and white, but instead it has all these different colours, sometimes intertwined, just to create confusion. It is a real story.
The author sets the tone of the novel in a two-line warning printed in a blank page at the beginning of the book: "A detective story, as everyone knows, has its rules. This one hasn't." Longe de Manaus (Far From Manaus, in a free translation to English), by Portuguese writer Francisco José Viegas, is also called "the novel of Portuguese loneliness".