Reading List: Argentina

As autumn in the northern hemisphere rolls around, travelers are looking to those great southern destinations: Chile, Ecuador, Peru. But there’s one locale that will never lose the charm of its pervading nostalgia, sultry dance, succulent wine, and captivating, diverse landscape. Here’s a reading list to delve into before your trip to Argentina.

Chatwin, Bruce. In Patagonia. Chatwin’s tale of his journey through the Patagonia territory that encompasses 900,000 km of Argentina and Chile.

Dereck Foster and Richard Tripp. Food and Drink in Argentina. A well-written guide to the gastronomy and vineyards of Argentina.

Manuel Puig. Kiss of the Spider Woman. A fantastic narrative of two political prisoners in a jail cell, with elements of magic realism.

Jorge Luis Borges. Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings. Standard introduction to one of the masters of fantastical narrative.

Uki Goni. The Real Odessa. The true chronicle of the smuggling of major Nazi war criminals—Eichmann, Mengele, Priebke and others—to Argentina.

Brian Winter. Long After Midnight at the Nino Bien: A Yanqui’s Missteps in Argentina. The emotional, quirky, informative account of a young American’s reporter into the dark and dramatic crevices of Buenos Aires.

Nicholas Fraser and Marysa Navarro. Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron. The biography of Eva Peron, paper, actress, president’s wife. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous postwar Argentina.

Horacio Quiroga. The Decapitated Chicken and Other Stories. Macabre short stories that are Argentina’s answer to the Gothic genre.

Edited by Gabriela Nouzeilles and Graciela Montaldo. The Argentine Reader: History, Culture, Politics. A diverse collection of essays, poems, songs, and comic strips from Argentines such as Juan Peron, Jose San Martin, Ricardo Piglia, Che Guevara, National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons, and others.

Jon Lee Anderson. Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life. The New York Times “Notable Book of the Year,” a thorough biography of Che and his revolution.

Various. An Argentine Passion: Maria Luisa Bemberg and her Films. Tells the little known story of one of Latin America’s popular filmmakers.

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