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The History of Peru
Pisaq Town - Sacred Valley, by Bruce Thomson
Call Number: Van Pelt Library F3431 .K53 2000
Publication Date: 2000
There are only a few modern national histories of Peru. This gives less attention to the colonial period than to the republican era, but is considered a good overview, probably best used in conjunction with The Peru Reader.
Lost City of the Incas by
Call Number: University Museum Library F3429.1.M3 B616 2002
Publication Date: 2002
Hiram Bingham III was the first to discover the ruins of ancient Machu Picchu, an Incan citadel, in 1911. Historians have since been apprehensive about praising the explorer, who returned from his excavation with copious amounts of ancient artifacts and excavated bones (which were later returned to the site). His expedition, nonetheless, left an incredible mark on history, which Bingham III brings to life in this work.
Turn Right at Machu Picchu by
Call Number: University Museum Library F3429.1.M3 A43 2011
Publication Date: 2011
Almost a century after the discovery of Machu Picchu, author Mark Adams retraces the steps of the former explorer through some of Peru's most beautiful landscapes, searching for answers about a lost city clouded in mystery.
The Conquest of the Incas by
Call Number: Museum and Van Pelt Library F3442 H47
Publication Date: 2003-08-04
"An extraordinary book. Combining rigorous historical research and profound analysis with stylistic elegance, this work allows the reader to appreciate the tragic and fabulous history of the Incan empire in all its richness and diversity. It reads like the most skillful novel." -- Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. "The bible for historians and archaeologists studying the final days of the Inca. For the past thirty years, The Conquest of the Incas has remained the most influential book for Inca scholars. There is no other book which is even in the same class." -- Brian S. Bauer, professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, leading archaeologist of the Inca
Boy and Llama - Colca Canyon, Peru
Nature and Antiquities by
Call Number: University Museum Library CC101.U6 N38 2014
Publication Date: 2014
A comprehensive examination of pan-American archeology and its implications within the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Relics of the Past by
Call Number: University Museum Library F3069 .G36 2014
Publication Date: 2014
Another detailed look at South American antiquities from recent centuries, drawing focus to the perspectives of South American locals as these relics grew in meaning through time.
Chavín: Peru's Enigmatic Temple in the Andes by
Call Number: University Museum Library F3429.1.C48 C43 2013
Publication Date: 2013
The excavation of temples and artifacts of the Chavín people of South America was one of the most marvelous and paramount discoveries in recent history. This work describes this excavation and its revelations in great detail, discussing the implications of what archaeologists are able to determine about Chavín culture, and ultimately, history as a whole.
The Treasures of Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru, by Pedro Szekely
The 11-day tour begins in the capital of Lima with visits to the historic Casa Aliaga home and the Larco Herrera Museum. In Cuzco the tour takes in the sacred sites of Koricancha and Santo Domingo, before proceeding to the Sacred Valley to explore Pisac’s colorful Indian market, Ollantaytambo’s massive ruins, and indigenous villages. There will be a hotel stay close to Machu Picchu before returning to Cuzco to see Sacsayhuamán’s ruins. Travel over the altiplano surrounded by Peru's mountains ends at Lake Titicaca, where the full-day excursion includes a boat ride to the Uros people’s Floating Islands made of reeds. A 4-day post-tour extension of the Amazon rainforest is also available.
For more information, please visit the guide for Machu Picchu and the Amazon River.
Bibliographer for Latin American Studies
For more information, visit the Penn Alumni Travel Website.
Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru's most celebrated contemporary author. Much of his ficition, particularly his earliest work, is set in Peru and treats a broad range of topics, including history, urban and provincial life, social institutions, education, political unrest, dictatorship, prostitution, the military, etc. Among the most notable of his prolific output is the very accessible and amusing Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter set in a radio station in the Lima of Vargas Llosa's youth; Conversation in the Cathedral based on the Odría dictatorship; The Green House, set in a brothel in Piura, the town where MVL attended elementary school; The Time of the Hero, which came out of his experience in military school; Death in the Andes, set during the period of the Shining Path insurgency; The Discreet Hero, a story of extortion set in both modern Piura and the capital. It is worth noting that among his excellent translators is Penn alum Edith Grossman.
Yawar Fiesta by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PQ8497.A65 Y313 1985
Publication Date: 1985
Arguedas' first novel is one of the landmarks of Latin American indigenista literature. It describes relations among Indians, mestizos, and whites in the Peruvian highlands in the early twentieth century, as the government seeks to suppress the practice of the traditional indigenous bullfight.
A World for Julius by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PQ8498.12.R94 M813 1992
Publication Date: 1992-01-01
Bryce's first novel charts the decline of an aristocratic Lima family as foreign capital invades the 1950s city.
The Blue Hour by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PQ8498.13.U34 H6713 2012
Publication Date: 2012
A tale of the mysteries lurking within every family, The Blue Hour delves into the life of a man whose life appears to be perfect, but has his world flipped upside-down after discovering his father was not the war hero he had once claimed to be.
And What Have You Done? by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PQ8498.13.A78 Y313 2008
Publication Date: 2009
The story of a young boy who experiences the challenges and joys of growing up as he ventures from Peru to the United States.
Lima Nights by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PS3601.R345 L56 2009
Publication Date: 2008
Peruvian-American writer Arana explores what happens when a carefree, married man meets a young alluring tango dancer.
War by Candlelight by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PS3601.L333 W37 2005
Publication Date: 2005-03-29
In his first collection of stories Peruvian-American Daniel Alarcon "takes the reader from Third World urban centers to the fault lines that divide nations and people. Wars, both national and internal, are waged in jungles, across borders, in the streets of Lima, in the intimacy of New York apartments."
Peruvian Culture and Cuisine
Huge plate o' ceviche, by Doug Downen
The Peru Reader by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library F3431 .P478 2005
Publication Date: 2005
The second edition of the Peruvian contribution to Duke University Press's "Reader" series is a collection of essays, poetry, legends, short stories, autobiographical sketches, and more.They cover the whole range of Peru's history and the variety and complexities of its culture, society, and politics.
The Art of Peruvian Cuisine, Vol. I by
Publication Date: 2003
One of the first publications solely focused on Peruvian cuisine. Author Tony Custer collaborates with some of the most prolific Peruvian chefs to publish a work which illuminates the colorful and flavorsome food throughout the nation's history.
Nature and Wildlife
Mating Ritual: James's Flamingo, by Pedro Szekely
Unearthing Conflict by
Publication Date: 2015
Mining has greatly expanded across Peru within the last twenty years, leaving many members of the community fighting to regain their lands. Poor air quality, destruction of natural landscapes, and demolition of sacred areas are just a few of the conflicts these communities aim to change.
Travellers' Wildlife Guides: Peru by
Publication Date: 2014
With hundreds of species across Peru, this book is a must-read for those wishing to explore and learn about Peru's natural inhabitants, especially throughout the Amazon.
One River by
Call Number: Unviersity Museum Library GN20 .D38 1996
Publication Date: 1996
Written by consecutive generations of researchers, One River is a gripping account of exploration and ever-changing discovery within the Amazon Rain Forest.