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)

The Promise by Silvina Ocampo EN

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Kirkus Reviews calls The Promise one of the Best Books of Fiction, and of Literature in Translation, of the year! * Voted one of the Big Fall Books from Indies by Publishers Weekly & LitHub's Most Anticipated Books of 2019 "The world is ready for her blend of insane Angela Carter with the originality of Clarice Lispector."—Mariana Enriquez, LitHub "Both her debut story collection, Forgotten Journey, and her only novel, The Promise, are strikingly 20th-century texts, written in a high-modernist mode rarely found in contemporary fiction."—Lily Meyer, NPR A dying woman's attempt to recount the st... continue


Forgotten Journey by Silvina Ocampo EN

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Delicately crafted, intensely visual, deeply personal stories explore the nature of memory, family ties, and the difficult imbalances of love.


El Túnel by Ernesto Sábato ES

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Breve e intensa novela publicada en 1948, este logrado fruto de la denominada "literatura existencial" le dio a su autor un reconocimiento que traspasó las fronteras nacionales. Para quien todavía no la leyó, El túnel es la mejor introducción al universo prodigioso de Ernesto Sábato; para quien la conoce, un clásico de las letras del continente, una historia sobre el drama del hombre arrojado en el sinsentido más doloroso: la conciencia de la nada. El narrador describe una historia de amor y muerte en la que muestra la soledad ... continue


Sobre héroes y tumbas by Ernesto R. Sábato ES

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Publicada en 1961, Sobre héroes y tumbas es la segunda novela escrita por Ernesto Sabato y da continuidad al mundo surgido de El túnel. Buena parte de su trama puede encajarse en la tradición de la bildungsroman, pues se centra en Martín, en su andadura por buscarse a sí mismo, y sirve al escritor argentino para exponer su particular visión sobre la soledad, tema esencial en su narrativa. Durante sus habituales rumiaciones en el parque Lezama, Martín, hijo de un pintor fracasado y de una mujer de la calle, descubre a una joven misteriosa y herm... continue


The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Borges' stories have a deceptively simple, almost laconic style. In maddeningly ingenious stories that play with the very form of the short story, Borges returns again and again to his themes- dreams, labyrinths, mirrors, infinite libraries, the manipulations of chance, gaucho knife-fighters, transparent tigers and the elusive nature of identity itself.


Facundo : Civilization and Barbarism by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento EN

Rating: 2 (1 vote)
An educator and writer, Sarmiento was President of Argentina from 1868 to 1874. His Facundo is a study of the Argentine character, a prescription for the modernization of Latin America, and a protest against the tyranny of the government of Juan Manuel de Rosas (1835-1852). The book brings nineteenth-century Latin American history to life even as it raises questions still being debated today--questions regarding the "civilized" city versus the "barbaric" countryside, the treatment of indigenous and African populations, and the classically liberal plan of modernization.


Operation Massacre by Rodolfo Walsh EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
1956. Argentina has just lost its charismatic president Juán Perón in a military coup, and terror reigns across the land. June 1956: eighteen people are reported dead in a failed Peronist uprising. December 1956: sometime journalist, crime fiction writer, studiedly unpoliticized chess aficionado Rodolfo Walsh learns by chance that one of the executed civilians from a separate, secret execution in June, is alive. He hears that there may be more than one survivor and believes this unbelievable story on the spot. And right there, the monumental classic Operation Massacre is born. Walsh made it hi... continue


La filosofía de Mafalda / The Philosophy of Mafalda by Quino ES

Rating: 4 (3 votes)
El pensamiento vivo de Mafalda, «una heroína de nuestro tiempo» (Umberto Eco) «La filosofía de Mafalda, ya un clásico, supone la vuelta en tiras esta primavera de la "hija" de Quino. Los bocados mafaldinos son un trago de humor negro pero siempre con un punto soñador que ayuda a refrescar el viaje. [...] Mafalda nos columpia de la carencia al ideal para traernos siempre de vuelta a la realidad. La suya es una filosofía en pequeñas dosis para aprender a aterrizar.» —Ana Abelenda, La Voz de Galicia Podrían decirse muchas sutilezas del mundo, pero hay que reconocer que a menudo puede parecer un i... continue


Shantytown by César Aira EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
At last, a noir novel from the Argentine master of suspense and surprises Maxi, a middle-class, directionless ox of a young man who helps the trash pickers of Buenos Aires’s shantytown, attracts the attention of a corrupt, trigger-happy policeman who will use anyone — including two innocent teenage girls — to break a drug ring that he believes is operating within the slum. A strange new drug, a brightly lit carousel of a slum, the kindness of strangers, gunplay... no matter how serious the subject matter, and despite Aira’s “fascination with urban violence and the sinister underside of Latin A... continue


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