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This book is by far the most worthful piece of art seen in a long time. It combines design, arts, architecture, literature and Argentine culture in a marvellous way. Being a coffee table book as well as an interesting source of information about the country, its hotels and history, it serves as a magnificent object of decoration and at the same time makes the reader feel the lust to go and see this beautiful country, staying in these breath-taking hotels and get to know this colourfully mixed culture of Argentina. Students, Profs, Travellers and Connaisseurs de vie will all profit from the intimate short stories as well as the fascinating pictures of a wonderful country and its inviting places to stay.
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Long After Midnight at the Niño Bien
by Brian Winter. Public Affairs.
When Winter, a 22-year-old college graduate from Texas, suddenly found himself in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2000 with no job and about $2,000 of savings, he never thought the importance of the tango, a century-old dance, would reshape his life as a man and as a writer of this insightful, comic memoir.
Entertaining, charming, insightful and outrageous - Long After Midnight at the Nino Bien is a book you will not be able to put down. It is a deft blend of history, memoir and unabashed love for a country and the dance that epitomizes it
by Bruce Chatwin. Penguin Classics.
An exquisite account of Chatwin’s journey through “the uttermost part of the earth,” that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, where bandits were once made welcome and Charles Darwin formed part of his “survival of the fittest” theory. The author’s evocative descriptions, notes on the odd history of the region, and enchanting anecdotes make the book an exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land. An instant classic.
The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey
by Ernesto Che Guevara. Ocean Press.
The hooks are obvious: charismatic revolutionary Che Guevara on a continent spanning motorcycle trip of South America.
What I found compelling about this book is that in such a brief work the author was able to present a sweeping portrait of South American life. It was, for me, a wonderfully human introduction to the people and lands of this vast continent.
“A Latin American James Dean or Jack Kerouac.” (Washington Post)
Kiss of the Spider Woman
by Manuel Puig. Vintage.
Unconventional in just about every way: It's refreshing to read a novel that emphasizes character development over action. It's also refreshing to read a novel that's brave enough to explore provocative issues, most notably the complex nature of human sexuality. This is a brave story with a universal theme - hope. Highly recommended. And if possible, read this amazing book in the original language Spanish…
Eva Perón: A Biography
by Alicia Dujovne Ortiz. St. Martin’s Griffin.
The saintly Madonna of Argentina which leans more toward entertainment than heavy history. Ortiz recounts Eva Peron's humble birth, her extraordinary rise to power in Argentina at the side of her husband General Juan Peron, and her short and legendary reign as a virtual queen, dispensing comfort to the masses before she died from cancer at 33 - an epic tale that combines history and mythology. The best biography of Eva Perón available.
The Story of the Night
by Colm Tóibin. Scribner.
In the past decade Colm Tóibín has garnered international fame for his fiction, reporting, and travel writing. Now, in his new novel, The Story of Night, he breaks new emotional ground with the story of a gay man coming of age in Argentina during the Falklands War. Tóibín weds his two themes -- the ongoing Argentinean struggle toward democracy and the personal journey of a man coming out -- with intellectual deftness and literary agility.
The simple but eloquent telling of this personal story is sometimes explicit, often moving, and always vivid in its portrayal of Argentina and its people - written with grace and understatement.
Buenos Aires – City of Faded Elegance
by Jeff Barry. eBook.
On the evening of March 22, 2005 I sat in the international concourse of the Miami airport waiting for my flight to Buenos Aires. I had made the flight more than a half dozen times in the previous two years. That night was different. I was going to Buenos Aires to live, to make it my home, and not just for a visit.
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