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Livraria Lello suggests

"A Criação do Mundo", by Miguel Torga and "Tono-Bungay", by H. G. Wells are the suggestions of Livraria Lello booksellers for this month
The month of August is, for many, synonymous with summer vacation. Take advantage of this time of the year to catch up on your reading or to discover new literary companions with the suggestions of Livraria Lello.

A Criação do Mundo, by Miguel Torga and Tono-Bungay, by H. G. Wells, are the books that the booksellers of the World' s Most Beautiful Bookshop advise you to take with you on your travel bag.

A Criação do Mundo, Miguel Torga

In A Criação do Mundo, Miguel Torga, who was the first writer to receive the Prémio Camões, recounts the main memories of his life. The story begins in his childhood, spent in the landscapes of Trás-os-Montes, and extends to the rebellions against the Estado Novo, not forgetting his first trip through Europe dominated by fascism, the meeting in Paris with political exiles, the Spanish Civil War, and his experience in Salazar's prisons.

This autobiographical novel was written in the author's youth and is already considered a classic of contemporary Portuguese literature.  According to the author himself, the book is "unpredictable in plot and direction, only time could give it body and closure, tracing its storyline and marking its duration."

Tono-Bungay, H. G. Wells

Tono-Bungay is the name of an elixir that is as miraculous as it is real. The protagonist, George Ponderevo, is asked to run the business that resulted from the scam of his uncle, an eccentric apothecary-style pharmacy owner. Initially, the character takes on the job with notorious discomfort, but as the business grows and investors multiply, his moral and ethical integrity fades.

This prescient social satire, considered by many to be H. G. Wells' masterpiece, uses early 20th-century English society for a harsh critique of capitalism, the class system, and the sterility of advertising.

In the novel, George Ponderevo's memoirs serve almost as a fictionalized autobiography of the author himself, who is recognized as one of the fathers of science fiction literature.