Neglect Me, a bookstore born out of affection between an writer and a translator

Neglect Me, a bookstore born out of affection between an writer and a translator


Anybody passing by 14A on Avenida Rovisco Pais, close to Alameda, will discover the change. The place there was once a stationery store, a inexperienced signal is now seen: “Livraria Neglect-me-nots”. Within the small window, the books are shining. And there are those that peek in to learn the titles on show.

Inside, you instantly odor that acquainted odor of books. New books with clear covers, outdated books saved in store home windows, sure to cover the passage of time. Behind the counter, a pleasant couple.

He has curly hair and wears thick glasses. He’s blown by the wind, his hair and beard are grey. Their names are Adelaide and Stevan Nikolic and they’re the patrons of Neglect Me Nots, a brand new neighborhood bookstore close to Arco do Cego.

“Neglect-me-not is a flower with a that means carefully associated to reminiscence”, begins to clarify Adelaide Nikolic, extending her hand to point out the tattoo of forgetfulness. “For us, as a bookstore, forget-me-nots are the reminiscence of books that stay within the reminiscence”.

Subsequently, it was the reminiscence of the books that introduced Adelaide and Stevan collectively and led to the muse of Neglect Me Nots. It’s the story of a translator who liked the phrases he interpreted, and a author who devoted himself to this translation.

A love story and books

On one of many picket cabinets from the Nineteen Sixties, which Adelaide and Stevan stored within the outdated bookstore there, seems a ebook written by Stevan: A weekend in Faro.

It’s an version printed by Adelaide Books, the publishing home the duo based in 2017, below the impartial Adelaide Literary Journal. The publishing home was initially based mostly in New York however since 2019 has expanded to Lisbon.

Stevan Nikolic was born within the former Yugoslavia, within the bosom of a household that labored within the publishing business, and for that reason he fell in love with books and phrases from an early age. “I grew up watching books being printed”, he recollects.

A ebook that reunites Adelaide with Stevan and Adelaide’s unforgettable tattoo on her wrist. Photograph: Rita Ansone

Later, he moved to New York, however his life would proceed to be based mostly on books. And trying to find your story. It was Samuel Gabon’s Pentateuch, the primary ebook ever printed in Portuguese territory (since 1485), that introduced him to Pharaoh.

Inspiration for this metropolis was born A weekend in Faroa ebook about America who needed them, found by the Portuguese translator Adelaide.

Adelaide looked for phrases in her mom tongue to inform her future husband’s story. Solely he did not understand it but.

Adelaide translated Stevan’s first ebook. Photograph: Inês Leote

They later met in the US and since then have been touring from there to right here, all the time in contact via books. Not solely the brand new books they publish, in any case, the motto of the publishing home they created is “we do not publish classics, we construct classics”, but additionally outdated ones, even uncommon editions that they now show of their bookstore. in alternate for small fortunes.

Within the window, there are works value greater than a thousand euros, uncommon copies of books that managed to flee the fireplace or inexperienced pencils. Stevan says: “One thing of worth all the time finds a option to endure.

An outdated (and Mirandese!) version of Fernando Pessoa’s message. Photograph: Rita Ansone

Within the bookstore, which is the primary and solely bodily retailer of the writer, there’s additionally a whole lot of youngsters’s literature, books written by some North American authors that Adelaide Books works with and others by Portuguese authors, a lot of them freshmen.

A bookstore that’s nearly a “grocery retailer”

It is usually a gathering place, with a slate board the place youngsters can draw. As it is rather near the Colégio do Sagrado Coração de Maria, there are already some youngsters who come day-after-day to write down.

The youth from the Instituto Superior Técnico are additionally simply attracted by the books on the window, however it’s not solely the youth who open their eyes after they take a look at the books. “Final week, a neighbor got here right here to work as a result of there was no Web,” Adelaide stated.

And there are those that ask to maintain their orders there. The translator says: “It is like being in a grocery retailer. The grocery retailer of tales.

Along with the slate, Miosótis additionally has a showroom, the place, till the top of August, the work of the Ukrainian artist Marita Vaskova, whom Adelaide knew due to an article in Mensagem, are displayed. It is the colours of Lisbon that convey the place to life.

“I actually preferred this area, it is new, very new and highly effective,” says Marita Vaskova herself, visiting her exhibition. “The work need to be seen. It is good to know that there are individuals watching, that is the ability an artist wants”.

The plans do not finish there: Adelaide liked to remodel the bookstore with ebook launches, concert events, workshops. However for now, watch with a smile as individuals be part of.

And why did Lisbon open the primary bookstore, not New York? “Life is harder there, not solely by way of costs, it is rather aggressive”, he stated. “And that is what we needed: not too formal, to be a small neighborhood retailer”.


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Ana da Cunha

He was born in Porto, 25 years in the past, however since 2019 he has made Alfa Pendular his house. In Lisbon, he found a love of tales, listening and telling them on Avenida de Berna, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

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