“It is not often that you see life and fiction take each other by the hand and dance.”
― Lawrence Thornton Imagining Argentina
Before you visit Argentina to wonder and enjoy its European Architecture, Unbelievable Nature, Sultry Tango, and Mouth-Watering Steaks you’ll gain more from your trip by reading some of its illustrious novels. There is much to understand about Argentina since it a big melting pot, just second to the United States. The citizenry is a wonderful blend of Spanish, Italian, French and English descendants.
If your pick up the novels listed below, you’ll expand horizons and have a better understanding of Argentina before your visit. And you’ll find that Argentina offers an unbelievable experience that travelers love and savour.
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And here’s the list of some of Argentina great novels.
The Tango Star by Thomas Eloy Martinez
Bruno Cadogan has flown from New York to Buenos Aires in search of the elusive and legendary Julio Martel, a tango singer whose voice has never been recorded yet is said to be so beautiful it is almost supernatural. Bruno is increasingly drawn to the mystery of Martel and his strange and evocative performances in a series of apparently arbitrary sites around the city. As Bruno tries to find Martel, he begins to untangle the story of the singer’s life, and to believe that Martel’s increasingly rare performances map a dark labyrinth of the city’s past.
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin’s exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits of history, and unforgettable anecdotes. Fueled by an unmistakable lust for life and adventure and a singular gift for storytelling, Chatwin treks through “the uttermost part of the earth”— that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, where bandits were once made welcome—in search of almost forgotten legends, the descendants of Welsh immigrants, and the log cabin built by Butch Cassidy. An instant classic upon publication in 1977, In Patagonia is a masterpiece that has cast a long shadow upon the literary world
Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar
Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves “the Club.” A child’s death and La Maga’s disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompt Oliveira to return to Buenos Aires, where he works by turns as a salesman, a keeper of a circus cat which can truly count, and an attendant in an insane asylum. Hopscotch is the dazzling, freewheeling account of Oliveira’s astonishing adventures.
The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
One of Argentina’s most famous (or infamous) citizens was the revolutionary Che Guevara, who also wrote The Motorcycle Diaries, a memoir of his travels around Latin America. His travels were not limited exclusively to Argentina, but his tale begins in Buenos Aires and it details how the experience changed Guevara and helped transform him from the student doctor into the revolutionary that we know so well. He is moved by the injustices that he sees, especially poverty, and he gradually becomes a fighter for social change. The Motorcycle Diaries is a great way to learn more about this famous Argentinian, and also offers descriptions and stories of Argentina and much of Latin America. The final chapter is particularly profound, revealing Guevara’s deep and poignant musings on social problems in South America.
Enduring Patagonia by Gregory Crouch
Enduring Patagonia offers a magnificent first-hand account of the highs and lows of exploring Patagonia’s wild landscape. He depicts the harsh climate and rugged environment perfectly, including perilous tales of mountaineering that consume and terrify the reader. Crouch describes both his successes and his failures, which gives a realistic and honest aspect to the book, and includes a number of photos from his trips.
The Invention of Morel byAdolfo Bioy Casare
CasareJorge Luis Borges declared The Invention of Morel a masterpiece of plotting, comparable to The Turn of the Screw and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Set on a mysterious island, Bioy’s novella is a story of suspense and exploration, as well as a wonderfully unlikely romance, in which every detail is at once crystal clear and deeply mysterious.
Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
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.