Next week I’m going on vacation and that’s an ideal occasion for me to buy some new books. The plan is to spend lots of time at the beach, so a good book will be very welcome. Brussels has a lot of bookshops , but I only have one favorite: Passa Porta!
It’s not easy to find a shop in Brussels that sells Dutch or English books. Passa Porta has a wide range of Dutch books and a smaller section of English & French books. Even if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can order any book at the reception desk. The best thing about Passa Porta is that they offer a wide choice in different categories: Literature, art, cooking, traveling, philosophy, economy, history, biographies, children’s books etc.
Art books! They have catalogues from recent exhibitions, books about art criticism, photography, design, Belgian & international artists, architecture and so on. The collection is regularly updated.
You can find the regular cooking books, like Jamie Oliver for example, but also more special ones like this book about ceviche. And a lot of vegetarian cooking books.
Travel guides from all over the world, like Lonely Planet, Trotter and National Geographic.
And this is what I came for in the first place! Every summer I buy a new book from Haruki Murakami, a Japanese writer. The first book I read from him was ‘Kafka on the shore’. I didn’t know anything about the writer but I actually was intrigued by the cat on the cover :). Since then I read ‘Norwegian Wood’, the 1q84 trilogy and ‘Dance dance dance’. They never disappointed me.
This time I chose ‘After dark’, a mysterious story about what happens in Tokyo at night. His newest book ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage’ is also for sale in English. In case you were wondering, I’m keeping ‘The wind-up bird chronicles’ for last, because I heard it’s the best one. If you like magic realism you should definitely try this author!
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