Istanbul seems now different from the one I met six years ago. And so I prefer to think of it as in Buket Uzuner's book. "I am Istanbul, city of cities, mistress of metropolises, community of poets, seat of emperors, favorite of sultans, pearl of the world! And of all the world's cities, I am without a doubt the most magnificent," she writes. Let's not forget that.
Macau is full of wonderful details that have inspired countless artists over countless years. And yet I do not get tired of rediscovering those little details every time I find them touched by the mastery of an artist. Like with Chio Sio Chi.
With the action set in the latin reality, Junot Díaz uses an intense language, bringing rhythm and colour into the prose. How You Lose Her is a collection of nine short stories about love, sadness, women and men.
In Lisbon Sketchbook, you will find an urban landscape made of open views as well as of little details. And people. You will find narrow streets, churches' tops, trams under a wire network, outdoor stairs going up a hill, and wine glasses on tables in outdoor terraces facing the cultural heritage.
Jesusalém, a story of love and friendship, faith and redemption, makes us reflect deeply on human condition and on the power of memories. And it made me think how sometimes we need to forget in order to learn — or perhaps to go a little crazy to stay sane.
Women, by Charles Bukowski, features his semi-autobiographical character Henry Chinaski. It's about women and his obsession with having many women. His inability to think beyond short-term pleasure. His dissatisfaction with the many women he encounters.
As Lisbon's unique light coloured buildings and people of happiness alike this afternoon, I thought of recommending you a book that would tell you about the city as uniquely and beautifully. And who but Pessoa would do it better?
It's a story of love, peaceful yet doomed love, between a wealthy dilettante and a geisha. Set in Japan, at an isolated mountain hot spring, Snow Country is usually considered Nobel Prize-winner Yasunari Kawabata's masterpiece.
Illusion may be the form the most secret realities acquire in the eyes of the common, one of Marguerite Yourcenar's story-telling characters said, in Oriental Tales. When was the last time you gazed at a dragon-fly?
Viver em Pleno Vento (To Live in Plain Wind, in English) is a bilingual edition — in Portuguese and Chinese — that gathers a collection of 60 poems written by acclaimed Portuguese poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen.