Read Around South America Challenge

Read at least one book by an author from each country in South America.

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Best books from South America (442)

Eartheater by Dolores Reyes ES

Rating: 3 (6 votes)
Electrifying and provocative, visceral and profound, a powerful literary debut novel about a young woman whose compulsion to eat earth gives her visions of murdered and missing people--an imaginative synthesis of mystery and magical realism that explores the dark tragedies of ordinary lives. Set in an unnamed slum in contemporary Argentina, Earth-eater is the story of a young woman who finds herself drawn to eating the earth--a compulsion that gives her visions of broken and lost lives. With her first taste of dirt, she learns the horrifying truth of her mother's death. Disturbed by what she w... continue


Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez EN

Rating: 4 (4 votes)
Dark and haunting stories of contemporary Argentina.


The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez EN

Rating: 4 (4 votes)
A masterpiece of contemporary Gothic from the internationally acclaimed author of Things We Lost in the Fire.


Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin EN

Rating: 4 (7 votes)
A visionary novel about the collision of technology and play, horror and humanity, from a master of the spine-tingling tale. They've infiltrated homes in Hong Kong, shops in Vancouver, the streets of Senegal, town squares of Oaxaca, schools in Tel Aviv, bedrooms in Ohio. They're following you. They're everywhere now. They're us. In Samanta Schweblin's wildly imaginative new novel, Little Eyes, "kentukis" have gone viral across the globe. They're little mechanical stuffed animals that have cameras for eyes, wheels for feet, and are connected to an anonymous global server. Owners of kentukis hav... continue


Elena Knows by Claudia Piñeiro EN

Rating: 4 (14 votes)
In a single day, a journey across Buenos Aires reveals a daughter to her mother, a mother to herself, and the oppressive weight of received ideas to women connected by a fleeting encounter, twenty years before.


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.


The Widow Ching-Pirate by Jorge Luis Borges EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
'On days of combat, the crew would mix gunpowder with their liquor' Borges became famous as a writer of short stories that contained new realities: elaborately conceived, ingenious and gamesome pr�cis of impossible worlds or imaginary books. In these five stories there is danger on the high seas, an ungracious teacher of etiquette and an encyclopaedia of an unknown planet � and Borges's unique imagination and intellect plays throughout. This book includes The Widow Ching-Pirate, Monk Eastman, Purveyor of Iniquities, The Uncivil Teacher of Court Etiquette K�tsuk�, Tl�n, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius, Pi... continue


The ghetto within by Santiago H. Amigorena EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
In his English language debut, Santiago H. Amigorena writes to fight the silence that “has stifled [him] since [he] was born”, weaving together fiction, biography, and memoir to distill a stirring novel of loss and unshakeable love. A critical sensation in France, The Ghetto Within is its author’s personal attempt to confront his grandfather’s silence. Passed down, from generation to generation, the silence of Amigorena’s grandfather became his own. A gripping study of inheritance,The Ghetto Within re-imagines the life of this Jewish grandfather, a Polish exile in Argentina, whose guilt provok... continue


Dislocations by Sylvia Molloy EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
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


The Anatomist by Federico Andahazi EN

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Like his namesake Christopher Columbus, he has made a discovery of enormous significance for mankind. But whereas Christopher voyaged outward to explore the world and found America, Mateo looked inward and uncovered the clitoris.


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