What if you could travel to a distant place and forget about the current situation for a while? One way to make it happen is to pick up a book, and for just the right read Buchhandlung Montag has got you covered. Berlin is not short of bookshops, but if you are looking for somewhere with personal recommendations you can really trust, this Prenzlauer Berg store, which is run by its co-owner Daniela Weiß, is happy to help. The space is just 35 square meters in size, and the intention is to offer a small, but high-quality selection. Using the website you can check whether the book you want is in stock, browse recommendations and order a wide range of reads for in-store pickup. Before the pandemic, the shop hosted regular readings and lit discussions, with plans to resume when conditions allow.
Need help choosing? There are several novels high on the list this spring: Red at the Bone from US author Jacqueline Woodson tells the story of a modern family from the perspective of 16-year-old Melody, exploring important questions about identity. Laila Lalami’s thriller The Other Americans also makes family the starting point for what turns into a chilling crime tale. And in his book Swimming in the Dark, author Tomasz Jędrowski recalls his Polish roots: we see protagonist Ludwik falling in love with Janusz, spending the last summer of their youth at a hidden lake in the 1980s Eastern bloc. For more literary dives check out the tips on Montag’s website.
Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland
As of 29.04.2021 the shop is open. Please check current Covid-19 rules before visiting.