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.Before you visit Madrid, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
With a focus on fiction, poetry, noir, sci-fi and belles-lettres, the store also maintains sections (in our three major languages) in philosophy, history, art, science, sociology, film, music and eastern religion. Of course, we also have a children’s section for young readers looking to further explore their mother tongue or learn a new one.
Desperate Literature strives to be a space where good literature serves as a vehicle for dynamic cultural, linguistic and social exchange between Madrileños, extranjeros and travelers from around the world. In this spirit we look forward to hosting readings, meetings, gallery shows, lectures, and more.
We’re open everyday from 12h-21h. We’re not on the Internet very often because we’re in the store, reading, writing and having conversations. Please stop by and say hi or give us a call at +34 915 41 72 91.
We sell books. Real books. Desperate ones. Paper and glue.
Desperate Literature Reviews
What a great little bookshop in Madrid - lots of English books as well as Spanish and French, plus a good children’s section. If you have visited Shakespeare and Company you will recognise the influen... more »
Que pérola indie! Este espaço é fantástico. Em tudo. Existem centenas de livros nas prateleiras, cuidadosamente organizadas por estilo literário, onde a literatura internacional (inglesa) domina. Apes... more »What an indie pearl! This space is fantastic. In everything. There are hundreds of books on the shelves, carefully organized by literary style, where the International (English) literature dominates. In spite of this, it is also possible to find books in Spanish and French. There are works by Portuguese authors (Saramago, for example) translated into English. Many second-hand works are as new and at affordable prices. I bought two! The staff were very friendly and helpful. Preserve this place!
Wonderful small used/rare book shop with some nice surprises. All is arranged in an amusing and intelligent way. Bought a couple of scarce first editions in English here. Very nice and helpful proprietor!
What an absolutely wonderful little book store! A fabulous collection of new, loved, and first edition books. Accompanied of course by a very knowledgeable owner! If you are in need of a new read, I could not recommend Desperate Literature more.
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