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The Duel 

Inês Viegas Oliveira 

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In an old, cold country, two men have been arguing for so long they can’t remember what they’re fighting about. In order to put a stop to their fight, they call a duel. Starting together,  back to back, they will have to walk one hundred steps before turning and firing.  

The reader follows one of them as the counting of the footsteps takes place. With each step, a new sign of life appears in front of the character. Suddenly he feels lost in the world.  Will he turn back to fight, or will he forgive and forget?  

We visually accompany him in his journey through snowy pages that are gradually filled with trees, flowers, animals,  buildings, skyscrapers, and many different people. The monochromatic shapes grow into free and organic brush strokes as the anger gives way to a sense of peace and forgiveness.  

This book is for all ages and shows us that the different kinds of beauty in the world can help us turn angry feelings and disagreements into peace, affection, and forgiveness. 

Discover the English sample of 'The Duel' at the bottom of this page. 

Check out the book trailer for Inês' 'The Duel' below: 

''From the very beginning, I loved the idea behind this book. Physical violence and war are indeed stupid things and the world badly needs us to devote our attention to other matters.''

Isabel Minhós Martins, Inês’ mentor

Picture of participant Inês Viegas Oliveira, a writer and illustrator from Portugal.

About the author

Inês Viegas Oliveira was born in 1995, in the sunny southern city of Tavira, Portugal. In an old tape recorded by her father, she incessantly repeats to the camera “and now, what should I do?”. She has a Bachelor’s in Physics and an interrupted Masters's in Mathematics.

In 2019, she earned a postgraduate degree in Illustration. In the following years, Inês was recognised by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and has been exhibited all over the world, from Portugal to  Japan.  

She still questions everything, but now she occasionally stops to draw, moving between words and images. 

Other Information

Title: The Duel 

Author: Inês Oliveira 

Illustrations: Inês Oliveira 

Print length: 56 pages 

Age: 6+ 

Publisher: Planeta Tangerina 

Translation rights:  

Carin Bacho (

Catharina Lantz ( 

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