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Paulo Coelho

“Peru has Mario Vargas Llosa. Colombia has Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Mexico has Carlos Fuentes. I am so tired of Brazil: only samba, beach and sex. We have nothing intellectual!” the girl at the check-out counter at Belem Library complained. “It’s … Continue reading

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My Donations to Public Libraries

My steadfast refusal to read e-books even in 2016 has two practical disadvantages: Each year, a few trees are felled just for the books I read. Whenever I stay at one place for a few months, I am gathering a … Continue reading

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Winston Churchill on New Year’s Resolutions

It’s mid-February. If you are like me, most of your new wear’s resolutions have already dissipated, been forgotten or pushed to March or April. The smarter ones among you won’t have made any resolutions in the first place. But if … Continue reading

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“Scoop” by Evelyn Waugh

If you have already watched all the episodes of The Newsroom and are looking for something equally funny, yet meaningful about journalism, I recommend turning to this 1938 novel. Evelyn Waugh, who had been a journalist himself and had reported … Continue reading

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“Journey by Moonlight” by Antal Szerb

Despite my best efforts at revealing a lot of personal information about myself on this blog, most people don’t understand me at all. It’s not for lack of trying, they inquire about my life’s story, they spend days talking with me, they … Continue reading

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Leaving Books in Public Places

I love books. So, naturally, I used to collect them. I kept all the books I had ever read, I bought dozens of books that I still wanted to read and I even bought antique books which I would never … Continue reading

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The three books that influenced me the most

When I was recruited to give a speech at the TEDx conference in Targu Mures, Romania, I was asked to submit a list of the three books that influenced me the most. Reflecting on this, I noticed that it would be much … Continue reading

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