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Desperate Literature

Calle Campomanes 13, 28013 Madrid, Spain
+34 911 88 80 89
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LIBRERIA does not mean a library, it is a book store!

If you believe in literary serendipity, then please come in to Desperate Literature at 13 Calle... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nick C
Will make you want to read!

Superb collection of international and Spanish literature, and Spanish interest books in a... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2018
Nicholas22
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Desperate Literature is a new international bookshop in Madrid, Spain. Along with the very best collection of used English books in the city, the shop also carries a large selection of quality books in Spanish, French and a variety of other languages. Desperate Literature strives to be a space where good literature serves as a vehicle for dynamic cultural, linguistic and social exchange between Madrilenos, extranjeros and travelers from around the world. In this spirit we look forward to hosting readings, meetings, gallery shows, lectures, and more.
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“bookstore” (9 reviews)
“shakespeare” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Calle Campomanes 13, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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+34 911 88 80 89
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you believe in literary serendipity, then please come in to Desperate Literature at 13 Calle Campomanes in the old part of Madrid. I earned an MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, NY so stumbling onto a bookstore is pure bliss. Yes, there is...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Superb collection of international and Spanish literature, and Spanish interest books in a beautiful small bookshop, lovingly maintained by obvious booklovers, both well-read and (most importantly) friendly! This is a must-do when in Madrid and a must-buy when in the shop, you won't come away...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

I stumbled across this spot because it was just down the street from my hotel. It's tiny, which makes the wonderfully curated selection all the better. Tons of wonderful books in both English and Spanish, great guidance on selections throughout the store signage, and a...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Never found such a great atmosphere. You can longer for hours in this 15m2. Everything is just perfect! Can't wait to be back!

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Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Little gem of a bookstore near Opera with a large array of books that big stores don't have. Gorgeous atmosphere and Charlotte is a delight to discuss books with. Full of character, whimsy and a neat kids reading corner that you want to steal away...More

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Reviewed 26 April 2017

I went to this shop looking for a rare book. Even though they didn't have it, the young Englishman there helped me find it and order it. Even though my short time in Madrid meant he didn't get the sale, he was very helpful and...More

Thank Jim S
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

A fantastic little bookshop with an extremely well curated selection of books, first editions and signed copies. The staff is very friendly and professional. I visited during an impromptu concert inside the bookshop with red wine flowing and a great atmosphere all around.

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Reviewed 11 February 2017

I have traveled all over the world and bookshops are always the first stop in any city. Desperate Literature is a terrific little bookshop. A bit like the historic Shakespeare and Company in Paris or City Lights in San Francisco. Old world bohemian feel. Very...More

Thank JJ M
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

Having read about this bookshop in a newspaper article in Melbourne and being a fan of Shakespeare and Co we were determined to find the shop! And what a delight it is! Allure for book lovers, tastefully crafted by its owners who generously welcome all...More

Thank Rosa S
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

If you have run out of literature, or simply need to "find" a book or two to read, I suggest Desperate Literature. It's friendly, quaint, and filled with many good reads, especially Mod Lit. The shelves are easy to read, having a good selections of...More

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