Popular South American Memoir Books

Find memoir books written by authors from South America for the next part of the Read Around The World Challenge. (26)

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Black Teacher by Beryl Gilroy, Bernardine Evaristo EN

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The rediscovered classic: an unforgettable memoir by a trailblazing black woman in post-war London, introduced by Bernardine Evaristo ('I dare anyone to read it and not come away shocked, moved and entertained ... One of the unsung heroines of Black British literature.')

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Child of the Dark : The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus by Carolina Maria de Jesus EN

Rating: 5 (4 votes)
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An uneducated Black woman exposes the squalid living conditions and savage human relationships that she experienced in a Brazilian slum.

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Deep Down Dark : The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Héctor Tobar EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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Deep Down Dark is the novel that inspired the film The 33 starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Cote de Pablo and Antonio Banderas. When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. After the disaster, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales, and in Deep Down Dark, he brings them to haunting, visceral life. We learn what it was like to be imprisoned inside a mountain, understand the horror of being slowly consu... continue

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Dislocations by Sylvia Molloy EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
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How do you keep a friendship intact, when Alzheimer's has stolen the common ground of language, memory, and experience, that unites you? In brief, sharply drawn moments, Sylvia Molloy’s Dislocations records the gradual loss of a beloved friend, M.L., a disappearance in ways expected (forgotten names, forgotten moments) and painfully surprising (the reversion to a formal, proper Spanish from their previous shared vernacular). There are occasions of wonder, too—M.L. can no longer find the words to say she is dizzy, but can translate that message from Spanish to English, when it's passed along by... continue


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In The Shadow of the Mountain by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado EN

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Country: South America / Peru flag Peru
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WINNER OF THE 2023 EDWARD STANFORD TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is a warrior. I'm in awe of her strength and courage' - Selena Gomez 'An incredibly powerful story' Sunday Independent 'In the Shadow of the Mountain has all the elements a great memoir requires - a strong voice, cinematic prose, a hero to root for - in essence, an extraordinary story about an extraordinary woman's life' - San Francisco Chronicle 'Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is a woman possessed of uncommon strength, rare compassion, and a ferocious stubbornness to not allow the trauma of her childhood to destroy her l... continue

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La Vida Descalzo by Alan Pauls ES

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Mezcla de autobiografía, ensayo cultural y documento imaginario, La vida descalzo es un homenaje al lugar común donde seguimos siendo felices sin miedo. Mar, arena, sol y la euforia de estar legalmente semidesnudos: la playa sigue vendiendo virtudes de paraíso natural, pero esa utopía salvaje es también el objeto eminentemente cultural, preñado de sentidos y valores sociales, que moldean la literatura, el cine y la comunicación de masas. Con un pie en la memoria personal y otro en el análisis cultural, Alan Pauls revisa las caras mú... continue

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Magical Realism for Non-Believers : A Memoir of Finding Family by Anika Fajardo EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
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"Magical Realism for Non-Believers is set against the backdrops of Colombia and the United States (particularly Minneapolis) of the mid-1990s, and flashes back to the unsettled freedoms of the 1970s. It's the story of a half-Colombian, half-Minnesotan exploring her past and discovering her future, taking readers on a journey from the US to Fajardo's birthplace in Colombia and the discovery of a half-brother she never knew existed, to the creation of her own family in Minneapolis"--

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Meu irmão, eu mesmo by João Silvério Trevisan PT

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Em 1992, João Silvério Trevisan descobriu-se infectado pelo vírus HIV, e acreditava que teria pouco tempo de vida. A tragédia, no entanto, atinge Cláudio, seu irmão mais novo. Vítima de um câncer linfático, ele falece aos 48 anos. Neste romance autobiográfico impactante, Trevisan aborda a intensa amizade entre ele e seu irmão, compondo um quadro de impressionante veracidade sobre a perda. Com uma narrativa poderosa e expressiva, Meu irmão, eu mesmo já nasce um livro fundamental de nossa literatura. Aqui, João Silvério Trevisan partilha com o público a experiência de amar e sobreviver até a últ... continue

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Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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In October 1972, Nando Parrado and his rugby club teammates were on a flight from Uruguay to Chile when their plane crashed into a mountain. Miraculously, many of the passengers survived but Nando's mother and sister died and he was unconscious for three days. Stranded more than 11,000 feet up in the wilderness of the Andes, the survivors soon heard that the search for them had been called off - and realise the only food for miles around was the bodies of their dead friends ... In a last desperate bid for safety, Nando and a teammate set off in search of help. They climbed 17,000-foot-high mou... continue