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12 popular bolivian books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around South America Challenge" were written by authors from Bolivia. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Affections : A Novel by Rodrigo Hasbún EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
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The award-winning and haunting novel from Rodrigo Hasbún, the literary star Jonathan Safran Foer calls, “a great writer,” about an unusual family’s breakdown—set in South America during the time of Che Guevara and inspired by the life of Third Reich cinematographer Hans Ertl. Inspired by real events, Affections is the story of the eccentric, fascinating Ertl clan, headed by the egocentric and extraordinary Hans, once the cameraman for the Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl. Shortly after the end of World War II, Hans and his family flee to Bolivia to start over. There, the ever-restless Hans d... continue

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American Visa : A Novel by Juan de Recacoechea, Juan Recacoechea S. EN

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" American Visa is beautifully written, atmospheric, and stylish in the manner of Chandler . . . a smart, exotic crime fiction offering."-George Pelecanos, author of The Night Gardener Armed with fake papers and a handful of gold nuggets, an unemployed schoolteacher with a singular passion for crime fiction and noir cinema sets out from a small town in Bolivia on a desperate quest for an American visa, his best hope for escaping his painful past and reuniting with his grown son in Miami. Following an unpleasant visit to the US consulate, Mario Alvarez's dream of emigration takes a tragicomic t... continue
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Cuando Sara Chura despierte by Juan Pablo Piñeiro EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
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Así como Vargas Llosa habla de los tres Perú (la costa, la sierra y la selva), también hay dos Bolivias: el altiplano y la medialuna. La llamada medialuna es una zona llana que rodea el altiplano, y que tiene como epicentro Santa Cruz de la Sierra, de donde vienen Maximiliano Barrientos y Rodrigo Hasbún, autores bolivianos leídos anteriormente. Es una zona llana, rica, con una importante producción agropecuaria y yacimientos de petróleo; y como consecuencia, un alto nivel de vida, de educación y una perspectiva cosmopolita. Por el contra... continue

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El lugar del cuerpo by Rodrigo Hasbún ES

Rating: 3     1 Vote
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Elena, a la que su hermano abusaba de niña, es ahora una escritora vieja, una anciana feroz que intenta escribir su vida. Desata así una guerra entre las mujeres que conviven dentro suyo, entre el presente y la memoria. Enredos sexuales, bocetos de obras que no fueron, afectos quebrados, son el territorio en el que la anciana busca el lugar de su cuerpo. Con un lenguaje preciso cual bisturí de seda, el autor abre espacios interiores confrontando el pasado sin echar mano a redenciones o a espejismos.

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En el cuerpo una voz by Maximiliano Barrientos ES

Rating: 3     1 Vote
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Había conocido a Maximiliano Barrientos (Bolivia, 1979) a través de su excelente libro de cuentos La casa en llamas. En este caso, se aventura a una novela casi apocalíptica, en un escenario de una supuesta guerra civil, de una tremenda crudeza y crueldad. Me pareció que la novela presenta algunas fallas en la construcción y la ilación, casi una fractura entre la primera y la segunda parte. A pesar de ello, el dramatismo de las historias, y la narración seca y cortante la hacen una obra atrapante y valiosa, que me ha resultado muy interesante... continue
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Ghost of Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen EN

Rating: 1     1 Vote
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Alone in the wilderness, Cole found peace. But he's not alone anymore. Cole Matthews used to be a violent kid, but a year in exile on a remote Alaskan island has a way of changing your perspective. After being mauled by a Spirit Bear, Cole started to heal. He even invited his victim, Peter Driscal, to join him on the island and they became friends. But now their time in exile is over, and Cole and Peter are heading back to the one place they're not sure they can handle: high school. Gangs and violence haunt the hallways, and Peter's limp and speech impediment make him a natural target. In a sc... continue

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Norte: A Novel by Edmundo Paz Soldán EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
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This “impressive and multifaceted novel” explores the lives of an artist, a savant, and a serial killer as they cross the Mexico-US border (Times Literary Supplement, UK). Three unconnected people travel north, each passing in isolation over one of the most troubled and controversial dividing lines in the world: the Mexico?US border. But in a melee of language and blood, their stories and the stories of those they meet—of a young serial killer; a waitress and graphic novelist and her lover (and former professor); and an outsider artist in a mental institution—gradually begin to coalesce. Darin... continue
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Nuestro mundo muerto

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Oblivion and Stone : A Selection of Bolivian Poetry and Fiction by Sandra Reyes, John DuVal EN

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Editor Sandra Reyes has gathered a panoramic sampling of the work of twenty-three poets and eighteen fiction writers. Focusing predominantly on living practicing writers this anthology defines the current literary voice of Bolivia and gives us a distillation of the contemporary Bolivian consciousness.
Genre Poetry


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