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Love and the Goddess

Love and the Goddess
  • Author(s): Mary Elizabeth Coen
  • Location(s): Brazil, Galway, Peru
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

When cookery teacher Kate Canavan’s perfect life falls apart she moves to Galway City. Kate’s friend James urges her to love and nurture herself, but mischievous Ella persuades her to dust off her unused dating skills. So Kate explores...

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The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll

The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll
  • Author(s): Alvaro Mutis
  • Location(s): Peru
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): 2000s

Maqroll the Gaviero (the Lookout) is one of the most alluring and memorable characters in fiction of the last twenty-five years. His extravagant and hopeless undertakings, his brushes with the law and scrapes with death, and his enduring friendships...

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey

The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Author(s): Thornton Wilder
  • Location(s): Peru
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1714

An ancient bridge collapses over a gorge in Peru, hurling five people into the abyss. It seems a meaningless human tragedy. But one witness, a Franciscan monk, believes the deaths might not be as random as they appear. Convinced...

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The Neighbourhood

The Neighbourhood
  • Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Location(s): Lima
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

From the Nobel Laureate comes a politically charged detective novel weaving through the underbelly of Peruvian privilege. In the 1990s, during the turbulent and deeply corrupt years of Alberto Fujimori’s presidency, two wealthy couples of Lima’s high society become...

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The Surreal Killer

The Surreal Killer
  • Author(s): Jerold Last
  • Location(s): Chile, Peru
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
  • Era(s): The present

The Surreal Killer is leaving a trail of dead women across Chile, Peru, and Bolivia. The victims all seem to have been murdered in exactly the same way. There may be a link to a small group of scientists...

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The Time of the Hero

The Time of the Hero
  • Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Location(s): Lima
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

Spanish novels of recent decades. In the author’s native Peru, this powerful social satire so outraged the authorities that a thousand copies were publicly burned. The novel is set in Leoncio Prado Military Academy in Lima, where a group...

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The Way to Paradise

The Way to Paradise
  • Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Location(s): Peru
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 19th century

The Way to Paradise interweaves the story of the painter Paul Gauguin with that of his grandmother, Flora Tristan. In 1844, Flora embarked on a tour of France to campaign for workers’ and women’s rights. In 1891, her grandson...

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Three Letters from the Andes

Three Letters from the Andes
  • Author(s): Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Location(s): Peru
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1970s

In 1971 the celebrated traveller Patrick Leigh Fermor accompanied five friends on a remarkable journey into the high Andes of Peru. His adventure took him from Cuzco to Urubamba, on to Puno and Juli on Lake Titicaca, down to...

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To the Last City

To the Last City
  • Author(s): Colin Thubron
  • Location(s): Peru
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2000s

To the Last City is set deep in the Peruvian Andes, where five ill-prepared travellers – men and women with different values, temperaments and motives – find themselves trekking through one of the most exacting and beautiful regions on...

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Touching the Void

Touching the Void
  • Author(s): Joe Simpson
  • Location(s): Peru
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

Touching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson’s terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. A few days later, Simon...

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