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Books speak to us… but not everyone knows how to listen.
Virginia has just inherited the family business: the Palinuro bookstore. Amid mountains of volumes, dust, and papers her father has accumulated, there appears a pile of letters in which Virginia will discover the story of Carlota Guillot and her obsessive search for a mysterious, whimsical book that belonged to one of the most risqué libraries of the Napoleonic era. A sweeping tale from one of the most convulsive decades of the nineteenth century, when the city underwent its greatest period of transformation, to the astonishment of its citizenry: from the destruction of the outer walls to the urbanization of its most emblematic street, La Rambla.
The Air You Breathe is a love song to books, but also to the city of Barcelona. After reading this magnificent choral history, you will never look at the city the same way.
15K copies sold!
Written both in Catalan and Spanish.
“I tremble when I hear your voice, and I tremble if you look at me, and I wish I could inhale my last breath burning in the air you breathe.”