Read Around South America Challenge

The Alchemist
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Rating: 3     4897 Votes

  • Part of the "Read Around The World Challenge"
  • Join book lovers like you from all over the world who want to read at least one book written by an author from each of the 12 countries in South America.
  • Track your reading progress on a world map which is automatically created for you
  • Leave your reading comfort zone and expand your reading horizon.
  • Make 2022 the year you:
    • will read more books,
    • discover new authors,
    • learn more about South America.
  • Register to join the " Read Around South America Challenge"

12 countries in South America means 12 books to read for this challenge
Reading progress by all challenge participants
5.7%
94.3%

Read Around South America Challenge

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

Register to join the "Read Around South America Challenge"

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Recommended Challenge Books (50)
1.

Dominicana : A Novel by Angie Cruz EN

Rating: 4     16 Votes
Description:
“I have been eagerly waiting for a new book from Angie Cruz. So glad the time has come.” —Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother I’m Dying and Breath, Eyes, Memory “Gorgeous writing, gorgeous story.” —Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street “An essential read for our times.” —Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban Fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she has to say yes. It doesn’t matter that he is twice her age,... continue
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Recommended: 25 May 2022
2.

Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
Description:
In 1976, a young boy flees Buenos Aires with his opposition-supporting family, renames himself after his hero Harry Houdini, and dedicates his time in exile to mastering his role model's escape artistry.
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Recommended: 05 Jan 2018
3.

The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto 'Che' Guevara EN

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Description:
The book of the popular movie STARRING GAEL GARCIA BERNAL NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The young Che Guevara's lively and highly entertaining travel diary, now a popular movie and a New York Times bestseller. This new, expanded edition features exclusive, unpublished photos taken by the 23-year-old Ernesto on his journey across a continent, and a tender preface by Aleida Guevara, offering an insightful perspective on the man and the icon. "A journey, a number of journeys. Ernesto Guevara in search of adventure, Ernesto Guevara in search of America, Ernesto Guevara in search of Che. On this ... continue
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Recommended: 11 Jan 2018
4.

Fever Dream by Samanta Scweblin EN

Rating: 3.5     28 Votes
Description:
NOW A FEATURE FILM COMING SOON TO NETFLIX "Genius." —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize! Experience the blazing, surreal sensation of a fever dream... A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He's not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family. Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the... continue
Recommended: 15 Sep 2019
5.
Collected Fictions

Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges EN

Rating: 4.5     31 Votes
Description:
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
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022
6.

Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar EN

Rating: 3.5     11 Votes
Description:
Julio Cortazar's crazed masterpiece, the forbearer of the Latin Boom in the 1960s - published in Vintage Classics for the first time 'Cortazar's masterpiece. This is the first great novel of Spanish America... A powerful anti-novel but, like deeply understood moments in life itself, rich with many kinds of potential meanings and intimations' Times Literary Supplement Dazed by the disappearance of his muse, Argentinian writer Horatio Oliveira wanders the bridges of Paris, the sounds of jazz and the talk of literature, life and art echoing around him. But a chance encounter with a literary idol ... continue
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Recommended: 06 Mar 2022
7.

Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Description:
Sometimes they talk all night long. In the still darkness of their cell, Molina re-weaves the glittering and fragile stories of the film he loves, and the cynical Valentin listens. Valentin believes in the just cause which makes all suffering bearable; Molina believes in the magic of love which makes all else endurable. Each has always been alone, and always - especially now - in danger of betrayal. But in cell 7 each surrenders to the other something of himself that he has never surrendered before.
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Recommended: 06 Mar 2022
8.

Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica EN

Rating: 3.3     12 Votes
Description:
Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans—though no one calls them that anymore. His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made all animal meat poisonous to humans. Then governments initiated the “Transition.” Now, eating human meat—“special meat”—is legal. Marcos tries to stick to numbers, consignments, processing. Then one day he’s given a gift: a live specimen of the finest q... continue
9.

Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
Description:
Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2018. A manic, bruising stream of conscious portrayal of a mother and wife struggling to maintain both a normal life and her sanity.
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Recommended: 09 Apr 2022
10.

Heartbreak Tango by Manuel Puig EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Description:
Awash in small-town gossip, petty jealousy, and intrigues, Manuel Puig's Heartbreak Tango is a comedic assault on the fault lines between the disappointments of the everyday world, and the impossible promises of commercials, pop songs, and movies. This melancholy and hilarious tango concerns the many women in orbit around Juan Carlos Etchepare, an impossibly beautiful Lothario wasting away ever-so-slowly from consumption, while those who loved and were spurned by him move on into workaday lives and unhappy marriages. Part elegy, part melodrama, and part dirty joke, this wicked and charming nov... continue
Recommended: 20 Apr 2022

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