Argentina has produced some of the most well-known writers of the Americas: Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, and Luisa Valenzuela, to name but a few from the country’s capital, Buenos Aires. But what lies beyond Argentina’s urban center will equally intrigue readers as they travel through one of the most geographically and culturally diverse regions of Latin America. This exciting collection of stories will take readers on a literary journey that climbs the Andes Mountains, navigates the great River Plate, traverses the expansive plains of the Pampas, and explores the ever-changing landscape of the Patagonia as it extends south to Tierra del Fuego. Seasoned travelers will recognize their favorite haunts and those yet unfamiliar with the region will long to make the journey.
Moving beyond the cultural icons that have become synonymous with Argentina (such as gauchos, tango, and maté), the stories gathered here reflect the country’s rich cultural and literary traditions as they assemble a cast of characters created by some of the finest writers of the last hundred years. Argentina challenges the imagination, tantalizes the senses, and tugs at readers’ heartstrings — leaving them wanting more.
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We can hear a country speak and better learn its secrets through the voices of its great writers…. an engaging series—a compelling idea, thoughtfully executed.
THE NORTHERN REGION
El Gran Chaco: Jujuy, Salta, Formosa, Chaco
THE CENTRAL REGION
Córdoba to El Litoral: Santa Fe, Entre Ríos, Corrientes, Misiones
- Ana María Shua, Time Travel
BEYOND THE RIVER PLATE
The Paraná Delta to Uruguay
- Mempo Giardinelli, For All Eternity
- Hebe Uhart, How Can I Go Back?
Capital City and Province
- Adolfo Bioy Casares, About the Shape of the World
- Rodolfo Rabanal, Letter from Punta del Este
- Juan José Saer, The Boundless River
THE WESTERN REGION
El Cuyo to The Andes: Mendoza, San Juan, San Luis, La Rioja
- Edgar Brau, The Blessing
- Ana María Shua, Bed Time Story
- Julio Cortázar, Return Trip Tango
- Alicia Steimberg, The Man with Blue Eyes
- Marcelo Birmajer, The Last Happy Family
- José Eduardo Totah, Choco
- Luisa Valenzuela, The Place of Its Solitude
THE SOUTHERN REGION
Patagonia to Tierra del Fuego: Neuquén, Río Negro, Santa Cruz
- Carlos Chernov, The Tourist
- Jorge Luis Borges, The South
- Luisa Peluffo, Arrowheads
- Cristina Siscar, The Desert
- Editor Jill Gibian is a professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Eastern Oregon University. As a Fulbright Scholar, she has been committed to studying and translating the literature and culture of the River Plate region. She is particularly interested in the study of tango and in questions of memory and national identity as presented through literature and film of the Southern Cone. Her anthology, Tango-Lit: Parodies of Passion (forthcoming) focuses on the tango as cultural text.
- Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) Internationally known for his many collections of short fiction, essays, and poems, Borges is by far Argentina’s most celebrated writer. As a reader and translator of world literature, himself, and former director of the National Library, his contributions to the literary world are vast and incomparable. While he is perhaps best known for his innovative narrative style, his writings often encompass national themes and are replete with local color and landscapes.
- Marcelo Birmajer (1966- ) Perhaps best known for co-writing the film script with director Daniel Burman of El abrazo partido (The Lost Embrace)(2004), his work often revolves around Buenos Aires’Jewish community known as Barrio Once. His humor has often been compared to that of Woody Allen´s as his characters display a healthy neurosis towards life, literature, and the pursuit of happiness.
Argentina: A Traveler’s Literary Companion
Trade paperback original
5 x 7¼, 256 pp.,
Publication date: January 2010
Posted on 23 February 2010