What books or guides should I buy before a trip to Bolivia?What books or guides should I buy before a trip to Bolivia?

What books or guides should I buy before a trip to Bolivia?

Here are a few books you may want to read before traveling to Bolivia 

Diary of Bolivia by Ernesto Guevara (1967): This diary retraces the last months of Che Guevara's life as he attempted to lead a revolution in Bolivia. It offers a fascinating insight into Bolivian politics and society in the 1960s. 

Piedra de Sangre by Alcide Arguedas (1936): Set in the tin mines of Bolivia, this novel tells the story of an Indian forced to work in dangerous and inhumane conditions. A classic of Bolivian literature, it provides a powerful insight into the lives of the country's mineworkers.

The Man with the Blue Tattoo by Antonio Gala (1998): Set in Bolivia in the 1970s, this novel tells the story of a young man who becomes involved in left-wing politics. It explores themes of love, loss and redemption.

Children of the Dynasty by Oscar Cerruto (2006): Set in colonial Bolivia, this novel tells the story of an Aymara family struggling to survive. It's a powerful tale of resilience and hope in the face of adversity.

I remember by Edgard Rivera Villarroel (2007): This memoir recounts the author's childhood in rural Bolivia in the 1960s. It's an insightful look at Bolivian culture and society at the time.

Travel to Bolivia (Aux sources du Maicá, 2006) by Francesco PEZZETI who is a writer and illustrator, relates a trip to Bolivia accompanied by small sketches and drawings.

It is said that I survived somewhere beyond the seas (The Discovery, 1997) by Gunther HOLZMANN, a former humanist anti-Nazi who lived a large part of his life in Bolivia.

The Lost Continent (Pygamalion, 1991) by Percy Harrison FAWCETT who recounts his incredible journey through the Amazon at the beginning of the 20th century.

Baroque paths in the new world (Fayard, 1996) by Alain PACQUIER on the history of Bolivia and Latin America.

If I'm given a say (The Discovery) by Domitila CHUNGARA which is the moving story of a miner's wife who began a hunger strike that succeeded in bringing down the dictator Hugo BANZER.

These are just a few suggestions, and many other great books have been written about Bolivia . By choosing books that interest you, you can learn more about the history, culture and people of this fascinating country. You can also read our article on Bolivian literature.

Travel guides

There are many travel guides for Bolivia.  

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