Buying and Borrowing English-Language Books in Rio de Janeiro

From upmarket bookstores to second-hand selections, there are a number of worthwhile places to visit when searching for a great English-language book in the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa.’

By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While Rio de Janeiro has a rich literary tradition, with figures such as Clarice Lispector, Nelson Rodrigues, and Carlos Drummond de Andrade immortalized in bronze throughout ‘Zona Sul’ (South Zone), there is a surprising paucity of bookstores and libraries which stock English titles among their collection.

However, with a little know-how, those searching for that perfect beach read can find themselves richly rewarded.

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