World Literature: Film, Fiction, Nonfiction, Children’s Stories/Fairy Tales, Poetry and Classics SOUTH AMERICAN CONTINENT ARGENTINA Film Titles Tango (Saura) (1998, PG-13), starring Miguel Ángel Solá, Cecilia Narova, and Mía Maestro (1 hr. 52 mins.). Valentin (2004, PG-13), starring Julieta Cardinali, Rodrigo Noya, and Carmen Maura (1 hr. 26 mins.). Fiction The Dirty War by Charles Slaughter (166 pp.). Atre and his best friend Chino are two young boys living in a suburb of Buenos Aires. The setting is during the “Dirty War” of the mid-70s, a time of civil unrest when people mysteriously “disappeared” when they questioned the government. The boys’ carefree lifestyle takes a direct turn when Arte’s father goes missing. Nonfiction Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez by Richard Rodriguez (224 pp.). Even though it was published in 1983, this book is still available and worth reading. The author was brought up in a Latin-American household where he only spoke Spanish until the age of six and started to go to school. Richard felt alienated from his family for becoming a “scholarship boy” and writes about his dealing with school, religion, his dark complexion, and affirmative action. Children’s Story Juan Bobo and the Three-Legged Pot by Lucia M. Gonzalez and illustrated by Lulu Delacre (5 pp.). Juan Bobo is one of Latin America’s famous folk heroes, and this story is about his confrontation with a three-legged pot that ought to be able to walk faster than a child with only two legs. Poetry Resources 6-2 Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States (Luis Alberto Ambroggio, poet) edited by Lori M. Carlson (160 pp.). An Anthology of Contemporary Latin-American Poetry edited by Dudley Fitts (667 pp.). Classics The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene (310 pp.). The Gaucho Martin Fierro by Jose Hernandez (99 pp.). BRAZIL Film Titles Chronically Unfeasible (2000, not rated), starring Umberto Magnani and Cecil Thiré (1 hr. 41 mins.). God Is Brazilian (2003, not rated), starring Antônio Fagundes and Wagner Moura (1 hr. 50 mins.). Hour of the Star (1987, not rated), starring Marcelia Cartaxo and José Dumont (1 hr. 36 mins.). Fiction Asphalt Angels by Ineke Holtwijk (184 pp.). Although this story is based on the author’s meeting of a young boy in a homeless shelter in Rio de Janeiro, it is about a made up 13 year old named Alex who’s thrown into the street by his stepfather after Alex’s mother dies. Alex tries to remain clean, but life is hard in the streets of Brazil especially when the “Asphalt Angels” is your new family. Jaguar by Roland Smith (256 pp.). It’s just 14-year-old Jake and his dad, but unfortunately his dad’s restlessness takes him on wild pursuits to save endangered species all over the world. Jake leaves his home in New York to follow his dad to Brazil and soon realizes his dad is planning to stay because of his work in the Amazon Rain Forest. Nonfiction An Invisible Minority: Brazilians in New York City by Maxine Margolis (141 pp.). 6-3 The author gives the whys and hows of Brazilian immigration to the United States, especially to New York. Children’s Story The Sea Serpent’s Daughter: A Brazilian Legend by Margaret H. Lippert (32 pp.). This is a Brazilian legend that explains how nightfall became a part of the lives of the people in the Amazon Rain Forest as told by Bonita, the daughter of the Great Sea Serpent who lives at the bottom of the dark ocean. So Say the Little Monkeys by Nancy van Laan (40 pp.). Based on a Brazilian folktale, this rhythmic story is about the playfulness of monkeys and all of their “jabbering” along the Rio Negro (black river) in Brazil. Poetry Resources An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Poetry edited by Elizabeth Bishop and Emanuel Brasil (203 pp.). Looking for Poetry: Poems by Carlos Drummond de Andrade and Rafael Alberti and Songs from the Quechua translated by Mark Strand (192 pp.). Classics Iracema by Jose Martiniano de Alencar and translated by Clifford E. Landers (148 pp.). Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant by Manuel Antonio de Almeida (208 pp.). Dom Casmurro by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis and translated by John Gledson (288 pp.). CHILE Film Titles Machuca (2004, PG-13), starring Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, and Manuela Martelli (2 hrs. 1 min.). English subtitles. Fiction City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende (406 pp.). Fifteen-year-old Alexander goes to live with his eccentric grandmother who’s on a quest to find “the Beast” that lives in the far corners of the Amazon jungle. On his 6-4 journey, Alex meets 12-year-old Nadios Santos, a girl raised in the Amazon, who helps him help the People of the Mist. Nonfiction Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey through Chile by Sara Wheeler (302 pp.). While on a cruise ship, Sara Wheeler meets a Chilean worker who tells her she should write a book about his country. She travels for six months, going from North to South, and learns about the people, the country, and the politics. Children’s Story The Enchanted Raisin by Jacqueline Balcells and translated by Elizabeth Gamble Miller (104 pp.). Chilean author Blacells gives us a gift with seven original children’s short stories. The title story is about three mischievous boys whose antics wear their mother down into a shriveled raisin. Poetry Resources Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems edited by Pablo Neruda and translated by Anthony Kerrigan (512 pp.). Classics The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (448 pp.). COLOMBIA Film Titles Clear and Present Danger (1994, PG-13), starring Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, and Anne Archer (2 hrs. 21 mins.). Missing Peace: The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt (2005, Not rated), documentary (1 hr. 32 mins.). Romancing the Stone (1984, PG), starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito (1 hr. 45 mins.). Fiction Celebrating the Hero by Lyll Becerra de Jenkins (192 pp.). 6-5 Camila Draper’s Colombian heritage has always fascinated her, so she jumps at the chance to go to Santander, Colombia, for a celebration ceremony to honor her late grandfather. This 17 year old finds out more than she’d care to know about her family and the differences of a culture she thought she knew. The Treasure of Diogenes Sampuez by James Munves (186 pp.). Diogenes’ father has died and Uncle Mauricio is selling off everything on the family farm. Diogenes sets off with his younger sister and a friend across the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern Columbia to find an older brother in Cartagena. Stories of Life and Death / Historias De Vida Y Muerte by the Students of Fundacion Creando Cambio (96 pp.). Students from 10 to 16 years of age write their own fiction stories about living in a poor town in Soacha, Columbia. Black and white photographs add to this troubling glimpse into the lives of impoverished kids with dreams that we in the United States take for granted. Both the Spanish and the English translation are presented. Boy Kills Man by Matt Whyman (152 pp.). Sonny is a 13-year-old grade school dropout who’s growing up in an impoverished barrio in Colombia. El Fantasma offers Sonny and his best friend Alberto money in exchange for their “souls.” Nonfiction Out of War: True Stories from the Front Lines of the Children's Movement for Peace in Colombia by Sara Cameron (186 pp.). In nine gripping narratives, Columbian teenagers detail death threats, killings, gang violence, and poverty and how the Children’s Movement for Peace in Columbia has helped them overcome—one voice at a time. Secrets of Colombian Cooking by Patricia McCausland-Gallo (251 pp.). It is said that “a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” and perhaps we can learn that eating is also an entry into a country’s love. The author provides a nice narrative to accompany many recipes that gives readers an additional Colombian flavor. Presidential Homes of Colombia by Benjamin Villegas and Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda, and translated by Andrew Alexander Reid (160 pp.). Photos and descriptions of three Presidential homes, two in Bogotá and one in Cartagena, are described by one of Colombia’s most prominent poets, Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda. 6-6 Children’s Story The Monkey People: A Colombian Folktale by Eric Metaxas and illustrated by Diana Bryan (32 pp.). Imagine moving every time your house gets too dirty, such is the behavior of this Amazon tribe until an old man makes monkeys out of leaves to do all of their work. Poetry Resources Colombia International Poetry Web. Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States (Daniel Jacome Roca, poet) edited by Lori M. Carlson (160 pp.). Classics Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (368 pp.). One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (464 pp.). PERU Film Titles The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2005, PG), starring Robert De Niro, Gabriel Byrne, and Kathy Bates (2 hrs. 4 mins.). Galapagos (1999, Not rated), starring Kenneth Branagh and David Pawson (39 mins.). Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003, PG-13), starring Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, and James D’Arcy (2 hrs. 18 mins.). Secrets of Lost Empires: Inca (1997, Not rated), documentary (1 hr.). Fiction Go and Come Back by Joan Abelove (192 pp.). A young teenager named Alicia instructs “two old fat ladies from New York” about her village’s culture. Abelove lived in the Amazon jungle for two years and shows how behaviors of one culture can be misunderstood by another. Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark (128 pp.). 6-7 Cusi, a young Inca Indian, only knows the hidden valley in Peru where he has always lived with Chuto, the Old One. The day comes when Cusi decides to leave with his pet llama to go to Cuzco, the Holy Place of the Ancients, to discover who he is. A Gift for Ampato by Susan Van de Grier and illustrated by Mary Jane Gerber (112 pp.). After a mummified body of a young girl was found on the slopes of Nevado Ampato in 1995, the author created this story based on Inca culture. When crops failed, young women were chosen to become human sacrifices for the gods. It was considered a great honor to be selected, but when Timta is chosen, she thinks differently. Evil Star: Book Two of the Gatekeepers by Anthony Horowitz (320 pp.). Matt is one of five special teenagers who is chosen to save the world from evil (the Old Ones). In this book, Matt meets up with Pedro, a street kid in Peru, and together they must close the second gate. Language barriers get in the way of their efforts. Interested readers may want to read the first book in the series Raven's Gate set in Yorkshire (272 pp.) or the third book Nightrise set in Nevada (368 pp.), but neither is necessary for understanding this book. Nonfiction Insight Guide Peru edited by Pam Barrett (267 pp.). This guide informs the reader of ancient and recent Peruvian history and serves as an excellent source for the enrichment of the Peruvian literature experience. Children’s Story Llama and the Great Flood: A Folktale from Peru by Ellen Alexander (39 pp.). A llama dreams of a great flood that will fill the world and tells is master who then takes his family and belongings up to the highest peak in the Andes. They meet every animal there on Mount Willka Qutu, and so it is believed we all are descendents of Willka Qutu since the flood destroyed everything else. Moon Rope by Lois Ehlert and translated by Amy Prince (32 pp.). Based on an ancient Peruvian tale and presented in both English and Spanish, this wonderful picture book explains the face we see in the moon and why moles live in the ground. Poetry Resources The Complete Poetry: A Bilingual Edition by César Vallejo and translated by Clayton Eshleman (732 pp.). 6-8 Classics Letters from a Peruvian Woman by Francoise de Graffigny and translated by David Kornacker (174 pp.). Birds without a Nest: A Novel by Clorinda Matto de Turner and translated by J. G. H. (205 pp.).