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[BHE 384] Zurich

GatheringBooks in Zurich!

Kenneth here.

Part of my recent trip to Vitra in Basel included a few nights stay in Zürich where I got to catch up with my Swiss cousins, and of course visit a few bookshops!

My cousin recommended Pile of Books, which sells only English books. Located in a quiet street about 15 minutes walking from the hotel, this bookshop looks like a converted apartment with two front rooms and two back rooms.

I asked for recommendations of Swiss authors published in English, but they only had two titles in stock.

The Judge and His Hangman by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
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A Jew Must Die by Jacques Chessex
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I was also delighted to find a mix of new and second-hand books.

Jeff In Venice, Death In Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
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From The Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple
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The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece by Eric Siblin
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Surrounded By Idiots by Thomas Erikson
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The Most Perfect Thing: Inside (and Outside) a Bird’s Egg by Tim Birkhead
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Another bookshop with an English section is the Orell Füssli central branch on Bahnhofstrasse. This bookshop is very much like a Barnes & Noble with different departments on different floors, and English books taking up the entire third floor.

There’s also a Swiss-interest section, where I picked up these two titles.

The Gilded Chalet: Travels Through Literary Switzerland by Padraig Rooney
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The Revenge Of The Black Cat: Swiss Myths edited and retold by Katja Alves
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And I found this stunner in the discount section for 50% off.

Living With The Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples by Neil MacGregor
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On our last day in Zurich, we spent a couple of hours walking in the Old Town and came across two more shops – The Travel Book Shop and Medieval Art & Vie – but as it was Sunday, they were closed. A reason to visit again, then.

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