Before the lockdown comes to an end and it’s time to get back to your routine with your batteries recharged, we want you to Make yourself comfortable at home and enjoy a good book which will let your imagination run wild. So we asked María Elsa Gutiérrez, founder of Ábaco Libros y Café, to recommend her four top reads for an afternoon of relaxation with a good cup of coffee.

1. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood: “The Canadian author, who came to visit us in Cartagena at the last edition of the Hay Festival, presents us with a truly dystopian setting, where humanity and the role of women has completely changed, leading us to some important reflections for the modern day,” explains the bookstore owner.

2. Fierce Times, by Mario Vargas Llosa: “This Peruvian author’s latest novel tells the story of international conspiracies, taking us back to Guatemala in 1954, during Carlos Castillo’s, CIA-backed military coup which took down Jacobo Árbenz’s government”.

3. Breve historia de un amor sin fin, by Miguel Torres: “This book tells the story of two teenagers in the 1950s. It’s a remarkably beautiful love story in which Torres paints Bogotá, as he does in all his books, in a masterful fashion.

4. Hasta ahora te creo, by Maribel Abello: “This work tells the stories of the lives of nine women who made history in the city of Barranquilla in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the author herself.

If you want to pick up one of these books, as well as many others, Ábaco Libros y Café offers online sales via its website.

The magic will land on your doorstep.


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