Does anyone have good fiction (or interesting non-fiction) book suggestions for South America? (I'll be traveling in Peru, Columbia, Bolivia and Ecuador). I like to read fiction books before I travel to areas that also teach me a little something about the places / cultures, etc.
Standard recommendations are books by Mario Vargas Llosa & Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
While they are important authors there's very little of contemporary Latin American life in their novels.
For some perspctive on Latin American indigenous history/present day issues try Eduardo Galeano-Memoria del fuego (Memory of Fire ).
For Argentina (where you aren't going), try "in Patagonia" by Bruce Chatwin. Also, there's Che Guevara's "motorcycle diaries", which I found quite interesting.
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I think a book I have at home is called 'The Road to Titicacca' which is about 3 guys who cycle from the far south of Chile to Titicacca. True story but very very funny and well worth the read.
Thank you for all the great suggestions! Some of these books look great and I will definitely pick them up this weekend!
The link also looks really useful...although my Spanish leaves something to be desired so I will have to get some help on that one