Saturday, 5 January 2019

#WorldReads - Five Books From Argentina

If this is your first visit to my WorldReads blog series, the idea of the posts is to encourage and promote the reading of global literature. On the 5th of each month I highlight five books I have read from a particular country and you can see links to previous countries' posts at the end of this post as well as finding out how to join in the challenge.

Click the book titles or cover images to visit their Literary Flits book review pages.

This month we are going to Argentina!
I've found a pretty wide and disparate selection of books by Argentine authors so hopefully there's something to appeal to everybody? Enjoy!

The Purple Land by William Henry Hudson

This fictional account of the adventures of one Richard Lamb, fish-out of-water Englishman in 1860s Uruguay was originally published in 1885. I liked its overtly flowery language which immediately transported me back to the era and made Lamb's constant attitude of 'I'm English therefore ...' easier to stomach. The adventures themselves are entertaining and perilous for our hero, and also generally caused by his falling for the most recent woman to cross his path.

Nest In The Bones by Antonio Di Benedetto

Philosophically engaged and darkly moving, the twenty stories in Nest in the Bones span three decades from Antonio di Benedetto's wildly various career. From his youth in Argentina to his exile in Spain after enduring imprisonment and torture under the military dictatorship during the so-called "dirty war" to his return in the 1980s, Benedetto's kinetic stories move effortlessly between genres, examining civilization's subtle but violent imprint on human consciousness. A late-twentieth century master of the short form and revered by his contemporaries, Nest in the Bones is the first comprehensive volume of Benedetto's stories available in English.

The Path To Change by Pope Francis 
with Dominique Wolton

Pope Francis has thoroughly re-engaged the Catholic Church with the modern world, by tackling the difficult and urgent questions that we face as a civilization, in order to illuminate the path to change. French sociologist Dominique Wolton interviewed Pope Francis regularly over the course of a year, and their open, warm dialogue builds a detailed picture of how Pope Francis became the most popular leader the Catholic Church has ever seen.
The Pope’s clarity, humility and humanity are brought to the fore by Dominique Wolton’s engaging and relevant questions. As well as revealing fascinating insights into his early life, in The Path to Change Pope Francis freely addresses the major issues of our time: peace and war, politics and religion, globalization and cultural diversity, fundamentalism and secularism, Europe and migrants, ecology, family, time, trust and joy.

Death Going Down by Maria Angelica Bosco

Frida Eidinger is young, beautiful and lying dead in the lift of a luxury Buenos Aires apartment block.
It looks like suicide, and yet none of the building's residents can be trusted; the man who discovered her is a womanising drunk; her husband is behaving strangely; and upstairs, a photographer and his sister appear to be hiding something sinister. When Inspector Ericourt and his colleague Blasi are set on the trail of some missing photographs, a disturbing secret past begins to unravel...
One of Argentina's greatest detective stories, Death Going Down is a post-war tale of survival and extortion, obsession and lies, shot through with some of history's darkest hours.

It is a time for upheaval in Cuba: the time to build a new society. Even from her position of privilege, idealistic divorcée Carmela Vasconcelos sees the waves of uprising and is caught up in the excitement. Persuaded by her brother, Lucas, she flees her wealthy home to join Fidel Castro’s rebels.
In the mountainous jungle of the Sierra Maestra, Carmela meets Ignacio Deheza, a charismatic Argentinian socialist fighting on behalf of the insurrection. On the training fields of a revolution, they bond in the cause—and in a blind passion that stirs their blood and soul.
As Carmela, Ignacio, and Lucas navigate increasingly dangerous political waters, their personal fates become inexorably tied with that of their country. But when the rebellion succumbs to corruption and disillusionment, they’ll find their dedication to the movement tested. For Carmela and Ignacio, they’ll soon discover that it’s their commitment to each other—and the choices they must make to survive—that will be the greatest challenge of all.

That's it for January's WorldReads from Argentina. I hope I have tempted you to try reading a book from this country and if you want more suggestions, click through to see all my Literary Flits reviews of Argentine-authored books! If you fancy buying any of the five I have suggested, clicking through the links from this blog to do so would mean I earn a small commission payment.

You can join in my WorldReads Challenge at any time! Simply read 1 or more books from a different country each month, write a post about it/them, grab the button below and add it to your post. Don't forget to pop back here and Comment your link so I can visit!

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If you missed any earlier WorldReads posts, I have already 'visited'

Africa: Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Americas: Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, United States of America,

Asia: India, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Turkey

Australasia: Australia, New Zealand,

Europe: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,

In February I will be highlighting five books by Northern Irish authors. See you on the 5th to find out which ones!


  1. Argentinia is such a fascinating country! Thanks for sharing these books!
    Happy New Year!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    1. I've wanted to visit ever since I saw the musical Evita - although I do realise the actual country is unlikely to be anything like the stage show!!

  2. These books sound really interesting. Happy New Year!

    1. A wide mix this month which I think also reflects Argentina as a country

  3. I think I remember seeing one or two of these on your blog but haven't read any of them. I wonder if I have read anything set in Argentina before.

    1. I just realised that three of these Argentinean-written books aren't actually set in Argentina!

  4. Oooh, this sounds like such an interesting challenge, Stephanie. I'm so bad at reading books from other places; I've never read any Argentinian books full stop! Good luck with your 'travels'!

    1. Thanks Beth! I love being able to travel the world without leaving my comfy chair :-)

  5. I'm excited to click through and check out your reviews. One of my goals this year is to read a lot more books written in Spanish.

    1. I think a couple of these might have benefited from my reading them in their original language but my Spanish is far too basic. I can read in French and managed several French books last year which was rewarding and I need to get another on the go before I start forgetting words again.
      Good luck with your Spanish reading goal :-)

  6. Death Going Down is the only one I think I would read mainly because it's a mystery. I want to read a couple of books from Spain this year if I can. I'm curious if I can find other books from Argentina I would enjoy. I'm excited to see what books you will choose from Northern Irish authors. I'm curious why you are highlighting North Ireland. I'm assuming because you already did an Irish World Reads before? Do you plan on doing one for Southern Ireland?

    1. Ireland was one of the first I did because I realised I had read lots of amazing Irish authors :-)