The Duel

The Duel

Inês Viegas Oliveira

Original Title
O duelo
Planeta Tangerina 2022
Picture books
64 pp, 190 x 260 mm
Rights Sold
Portuguese (SA)
English World
Chinese (complex)
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The Duel

Inês Viegas Oliveira

In a cold and distant country two men argue. They’ve been arguing for so long, they don’t remember why they started it in the first place. They gave up on finding a real solution, and to solve it once and for all they decide to fight a duel. Back to back, as in all duels, each men starts to count one hundred steps before turning around to shoot.

1, 2, 3, 4… There they go, moving apart. We follow one of them but at some point we ask ourselves: where is he going?

A book about fights, conflicts, wars, but mostly about peace.

Under this link you can watch a video in which the author and illustrator Inês Viegas Oliveira explains the techniques used to create the book:

Press voices

At a time of war, it’s never too early to teach children to turn their backs on hatred.” Raquel Silva, Time Out magazine

The gradation which substitutes violence for peace, goes side by side with the substitution of the city by nature. In this picturebook, borderless illustration overlaid with details and colours offer us an observational experience, a return and a slowness, all of which breaks the textual reading.” Andreia Brites, revista Blimunda

A book which invites reflection on the absurd nature of conflicts, war, disputes, and which celebrates life and forgiveness.” Rita Pimenta, Público Ímpar

In this book, we must emphasise the wise profusion of illustrations, which move from aching sobriety to an explosion of colour and plenitude. There is, indeed, a strong dialogue between the lean text and an intelligent visual representation which forces the reader to savour each moment of fruition in this work.” Rui Marques Veloso, Caminhos de Leitura

(…) a book about a journey as a dialogue with others, with ourselves and with the world, more than about offence or vengeance. That bookshops will tidy it away in the children’s book section is perhaps an inevitable effect of the market, but that shouldn’t stop readers of other ages untidying it so as to find there the mirror of a world with not enough dialogue and too much bravado – it would be a great shame.” Sara Figueiredo Costa, Expresso



Winner of the Portuguese National Illustration Prize 2023

White Ravens 2023

- Recommended by the Portuguese National Reading Plan

- Selected for the Illustrators Exhibition, Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2023

Paju Bookcity International Picture Book Award in the category “International New Picture Book Authors & Illustrators" 2023