Posted by: Sally Ingraham | February 27, 2009

Orbis Terrarum Challenge List

Orbis I’ve spent the last couple of days coming up with a list for the Orbis Terrarum Challenge. 10 books by 10 authors from 10 countries… I chose the South American continent as a jumping off point. I haven’t read very much Latin American literature, so I’m really excited about this adventure in reading.

It proved harder than I had expected to find authors and books, and I ended up picking only novels, but I feel really good about the titles I’ve discovered and am eager to not only read the books but learn about the writers and their countries. I had the presence of mind to make sure I could get each of these books off in case I can’t locate them through inter-library loan.

Here is my list, not in any particular order:

1. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano – Chile

2. Iphigenia: The Diary of a Young Lady Who Wrote Because She Was Bored by Teresa De La Parra – Venezuela

3. The Villagers by Jorge Icaza – Ecuador

4. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Columbia

5. Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa – Peru

6. Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar – Argentina

7. I, The Supreme by Augusto Roa Bastos – Paraguay

8. The Palace of the Peacock by Wilson Harris – Guyana

9. The Shipyard by Juan Carlos Onetti – Uruguay

10. The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell by Jorge Amado – Brazil


  1. Sounds like a very interesting set of books! Quite a journey.

  2. Yes, it does sound interesting. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Tuulenhaiven,

    You have an awesome list! Of course, I might be biased because I’m reading your Cortázar selection right now, “The Savage Detectives” is probably my favorite novel to come out in the last several years, and I have books set aside to read this year by at least four of the other authors you mention (inc. the very same Onetti book). I’ll have to check out the rest of your blog later, but I’m very much looking forward to your reviews. So glad you’ll be a part of Bethany’s challenge–cheers!

  4. Welcome!! I am so glad you joined in.

    I just posted a mr. linky so that all of the challengers can keep up with eachother and see what is good and what others didn’t enjoy as much. Make sure to leave links so that we can come by and comment.

    I really hope you enjoy this challenge. Let me know if you ever have any questions or comments.

    Again, welcome!

  5. ps I just added you as contact of flikr. I love your snow pics 🙂

  6. Thanks for the welcome Bethany! I’ll be sure to post links. I’ll also be glad to see your photography on Flickr. Happy travels, real and via armchair. 🙂

  7. […] I don’t have pictured above are the remaining three titles on my Orbis Terrarum Challenge list. These books are The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell by Jorge Amado, The Savage Detectives by […]

  8. […] by 10 authors from 10 countries across 10 months. My completed reading list varies slightly from my original list, due to availability mostly. I liked almost every book I read. Here’s the list, with links to […]

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