Popular South American Philosophical Books

Find philosophical books written by authors from South America for the next part of the Read Around The World Challenge. (11)


Água Viva by Clarice Lispector EN

Rating: 5 (2 votes)
Lispector at her most philosophically radical.


Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges EN

Rating: 4 (7 votes)
For the first time in English, all the fiction by the writer who has been called “the greatest Spanish-language writer of our century” collected in a single volume A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition From Jorge Luis Borges’s 1935 debut with The Universal History of Iniquity, through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display his talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language. Together these incomparable works comprise the perfect one-volume compendium for all those who h... continue


Hippie by Paulo Coelho EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
A journey to the past. A map for the future. After hitchhiking from Brazil to nearly halfway around the world, Paulo stumbles across Karla, a young Dutch woman and like-minded soul, in Amsterdam’s famous Dam Square. Together they decide to take the fabled hippie trail across Europe to Nepal, aboard the Magic Bus, in search of self-discovery. So begins a life-defining love story that will set the course for the rest of their lives. Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, Paulo Coelho relives the dreams of a generation that longed for peace and challenged the established social order.


Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
Forty short stories and essays have been selected as representative of the Argentine writer's metaphysical narratives.


One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez EN

Rating: 4 (28 votes)
One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women -- brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul -- this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.


Pedagogy of the Oppressed : 30th Anniversary Edition by Paulo Freire EN

Rating: 5 (3 votes)
First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. The methodology of the late Paulo Freire has helped to empower countless impoverished and illiterate people throughout the world. Freire's work has taken on especial urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in cities and urban centers is increasingly accepted as the norm. With a substantive new introduction on Freire's life and the remarkable impact of this book by writer and Freire confid... continue


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho EN

Rating: 4 (81 votes)
"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams." Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English ... continue


The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation by Paulo Coelho EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
A community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear. A man persecuted by the ghosts of his painful past. A young woman searching for happiness. In one eventful week, each will face questions of life, death, and power, and each will choose a path. Will they choose good or evil? In the remote village of Viscos -- a village too small to be on any map, a place where time seems to stand still -- a stranger arrives, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to a question that torments him: Are human beings, in essence, good or evil? In ... continue


The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
A disoriented and confused young woman looks back on her life and her place in the world."


The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho EN

Rating: 3 (2 votes)
It is the story of Athena, a mysterious young woman born in Romania, raised in Beirut and living in London. Her life is told by the many who knew her well - or hardly at all