The constant political turmoil that Bolivia has experienced throughout its history has slowed the development of Bolivian literature. Many talents have had to emigrate or were silenced by the internal conflict. In recent years the literature of Bolivia has been in a process of growth, with the appearance of new writers. Older writers such as Adela Zamudio, Oscar Alfaro, and Franz Tamayo continue to be important.

Nearly half of Bolivia's population speaks indigenous languages such as Quechua, Aymara or Guarani. The indigenous peoples of Bolivia have a rich oral tradition, as expressed in myths, legends, and stories; these stories generally have not been transcribed in writing.

Notable writers

Notable Bolivian writers include:

Novels

15 Novels
Novel Year of publishing Author Birthplace of the author Number of supporters
1 Juan de la Rosa 1885 Nataniel Aguirre Cochabamba 43
2 Raza de bronce 1919 Alcides Arguedas La Paz 36
3 La chaskañawi 1947 Carlos Medinaceli Sucre 35
4 Los deshabitados 1959 Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz Cochabamba 32
5 Aluvión de fuego 1935 Óscar Cerruto La Paz 29
6 Metal del diablo 1946 Augusto Céspedes La Paz 24
7-8 Matías, el apóstol suplente 1971 Julio de la Vega Santa Cruz de la Sierra 17
7-8 Manchay Puytu 1977 Néstor Taboada La Paz 17
9-10 Felipe Delgado 1979 Jaime Sáenz La Paz 16
9-10 Tierras hechizadas 1932 Adolfo Costa du Rels Sucre 16
11-12 La candidatura de Rojas 1909 Armando Chirveches La Paz 15
11-12 Tirinea 1969 Jesús Urzagasti Yacuíba, Gran Chaco 15
13 Los fundadores del alba 1969 Renato Prada Oropeza La Paz 13
14-15 En las tierras de Potosí 1911 Jaime Mendoza Gonzales Sucre 11
14-15 Yanakuna 1952 Jesús Lara Muela, Cochabamba 11
Source: Las diez mejores novelas de la literatura boliviana, encuesta de Carlos Mesa, Plural, La Paz, 2005[1]

Bibliography

  • Elizabeth Monasterios: "Chapter 42 La Paz- Chukiyawu Marka" in: Literary Cultures of Latin America. A comparative History, ed. by Mario J. Valdés and Djelal Kadir, Volume II: Institutional Modes and Cultural Modalities, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004, pp. 474–497

References

  1. ^ Fragmentos del libro Las diez mejores novelas de la literatura boliviana, encuesta de Carlos Mesa, Plural, La Paz, 2005, Google Books (se puede ver, entre las numerosas páginas disponibles, la explicación de los datos arrojados por el sondeo y los cuadros con las novelas más votadas)

External links

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