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Falanster

The thinking person's independent bookstore

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This bookshop at Maly Gnezdnikovsky Lane and Tverskaya Street is well known, especially to students and academics. Falanster, which opened in 2002, has earned a reputation as Moscow's No. 1 intellectual bookstore since day one. The store operates on a cooperative principle, without any owners or directors, and advertises itself as the place that "exchanges books for cash". The books are organized by subject area. Independent publishers are particularly well represented. Many price tags are well below the market. The store moved into a larger space right across the street from its former digs a year ago. Now there are enough shelves for all titles, and there is a small reading space in the middle. Falanster is usually the preferred destination for all kinds of academic literature and nonfiction, but they do offer a large selection of contemporary prose and poetry, a huge shelf of magazines, and a respectable choice of English language titles. Falanster's offering is humongous. Watch out for updates by following the store on social media. And if Falanster's shelves look prohibitively overstocked and you are looking for an older title, let the staff track it down for you.

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