A series of Bolivian related content has been posted on route-online.com

1. Even the Rain
Written by Paul Laverty Directed by Icíar Bollaín

‘At a time when the poor of the world seem to be rising up, I found myself deeply moved and completely enthralled by this film.’ – Michael Moore

The book of the multi-award winning film. Inspired by US Historian Howard Zinn, the tells the parallel story of Columbus’s arrival in America and the exploitation he unleashed and the modern day Water Wars of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Five hundred years separate the events, but the rhetoric remains the same.

The screenplay reads as dramatically as any novel, and despite winning a hatful of international awards and filling cinemas around the world, the chances of widespread cinematic distribution in this culturally isolated isle remain slim, so don’t let this beautiful and powerful story pass you by. Available in paperback and for Kindle. Click here for more details.

2. In Praise of Reading and Fiction
by Mario Vargas Llosa

‘I learned to read at the age of five, in Brother Justiniano’s class at the De la Salle Academy in Cochabamba, Bolivia. It is the most important thing that has ever happened to me.’

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2010 was awarded to the Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa ‘for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat’. In his Nobel lecture, In Praise of Reading and Fiction, he describes reading and fiction as a parallel life where we can take refuge against adversity. The lecture is now published as a free eBook on the Route website in EPUB and PDF formats, plus a Kindle version too. Click here for more details.

3. Following Che’s Bolivian Footsteps
by Ann Wright

‘Many are his compatriots from neighbouring Argentina, born when to merely mention the name of Che would get you killed or disappeared, discussing his example of sacrifice, his selflessness, his humanity, his social conscience, his sense of justice, his international solidarity, his ideas of fair trade, etc. To them, these eternal yet modern beliefs, in a world of corruption, self-interest, and greed, are to be revered.’

When Ann Wright was recently asked to translate a book by Argentine painter Ciro Bustos dealing with some of the events surrounding Che Guevara’s guerrilla movement in Bolivia she persuaded herself that she needed to research the vegetation, terrain, topography in order to describe it better in the book. It was a place she’d long wanted to visit. Click here to read her account of the trip.

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