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8 popular paraguayan 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 Paraguay. 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.


I the Supreme by Augusto Roa Bastos EN

Rating: 2 (1 vote)
I the Supreme imagines a dialogue between the nineteenth-century Paraguayan dictator known as Dr. Francia and Policarpo Patiño, his secretary and only companion. The opening pages present a sign that they had found nailed to the wall of a cathedral, purportedly written by Dr. Francia himself and ordering the execution of all of his servants upon his death. This sign is quickly revealed to be a forgery, which takes leader and secretary into a larger discussion about the nature of truth: “In the light of what Your Eminence says, even the truth appears to be a lie.” Their conversation broadens in... continue


La babosa by Gabriel Casaccia EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
"Obra seleccionada por la Academia de la Lengua Paraguaya, como representativa de su literatura, para la coleccion ""Biblioteca Literaria lberoamericana y Filipina""."


Madama Sui by Augusto Roa Bastos ES

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Esta historia, tomada del natural, con personajes reales y auténticos, es menos que un relato y más que una invención», advierte Augusto Roa Bastos en las primeras páginas de Madama Sui. De hecho, la protagonista vivió en Paraguay, en los años sesenta y setenta, y su imagen perdura en la memoria colectiva de aquel país. Fue una muchacha excéntrica, mezcla de japonesa y criolla, ante la cual nadie permanecía indiferente. Murió con veinte años. Admiradora de Eva Perón, fue favorita de un extraño dict... continue


The Curse of Nemur : In Search of the Art, Myth, and Ritual of the Ishir by Ticio Escobar EN

Rating: 3 (2 votes)
The Tomáraho, a subgroup of the Ishir (Chamacoco) of Paraguay, are one of the few remaining indigenous populations who have managed to keep both their language and spiritual beliefs intact. They have lived for many years in a remote region of the Gran Chaco, having limited contact with European or Latin American cultures. The survival of the Tomáraho has been tenuous at best; at the time of this writing there were only eighty-seven surviving members. Ticio Escobar, who lived extensively among the Tomáraho, draws on his acquired knowledge of Ishir beliefs to confront them with his own Western i... continue


Xirú by Damián Cabrera ES

Rating: 3 (1 vote)


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