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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822352680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822352686
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 708,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Paraguay Reader will become the most obvious starting point for both Latin Americanists and non-specialists wanting to learn about Paraguay, one of the least known, studied, or understood countries in South America. This anthology gives readers access, for the first time, to a well-chosen selection of texts representing the country's history, culture, and politics. The materials are impeccably organized, and the introductions are clear, informative, and thought-provoking." --Will Fowler, author of Latin America since 1780

About the Author

Peter Lambert is a Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath. He is a coeditor of "Latin American Foreign Policies: Between Ideology and Pragmatism "and" Political Violence and the Construction of National Identity in Latin America."

Andrew Nickson is the Honorary Reader in Public Management and Latin American Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of "Local Government in Latin America" and the "Historical Dictionary of Paraguay." Lambert and Nickson are the editors of "Transition to Democracy in Paraguay."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adrian J. English on 22 Feb. 2014
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Paraguay is incontestably the most fascinating and the least known country in the Western Hemisphere – I have visited most of the others - and I confess to having been fascinated by it for as long as I can remember. Having visited it for the first time twice during the mid 1970s, since returning, after a long absence in 2008, I continue to visit it two or three times a year with visit number 18 coming up shortly. THE PARAGUAY READER therefore inevitably attracted my attention. Having expected a slim volume of essays, I was agreeably surprised to receive instead a “weighty tome” which due to its daunting volume I resolved to dip into piece-meal. However, having started to read it, I found myself devouring it chronologically during three consecutive and very long nocturnal sessions. The sub-title of “History, Culture, Politics” gives only a hint of the content of what is, in effect, an encyclopaedia covering each of these aspects. The readability of its seven main sections, broken down into more than forty short essays by a wide variety of both Paraguayan and foreign authors, is a tribute to its joint editors, both of whom have written extensively about the country. For the armchair traveller or anyone with the remotest interest in Paraguay this is essential reading and for anyone intending to visit it, together with Margaret Hebblethwaite’s BRADT GUIDE, it will provide an invaluable introduction which will make the visit more interesting and enjoyable and will almost certainly provoke a desire to return, probably repeatedly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Cobley on 18 Dec. 2013
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This book provides a comprehensive and very readable introduction to the history, culture and politics of Paraguay. Having paid a brief visit to Paraguay myself, this summer, I was interested to learn more about a country that receives little attention on the international stage and seems to have so many hidden secrets. The Reader did not disappoint, and I was amazed at the incredible scope and diversity within its pages. The many personal accounts of unimaginable suffering and endurance are particularly gripping, while there are also some lighter pieces that shine a light on the Paraguayan people and their rich culture. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in this fascinating country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danae Perez on 8 Oct. 2013
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The Paraguay Reader consists of a considerable number of small contributions on the history, society, culture, and politics of Paraguay. It begins with traditional indigenous myths transcribed and translated from Guarani by the famous Anglo-Paraguayan anthropologist Leon Cadogan and ends with a glance at contemporary Paraguayan cuisine. Given that national and international experts as well as eyewitnesses contributed to this reader, it is not only insightful and informative, but also enjoyable and entertaining. Highly recommended to both scholars as well as lay persons interested in this fascinating country!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nuno Vinhas on 16 Jun. 2013
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Truly excellent. For the first time in the UK this rich literary feast gives a true account of history, culture and politics. The author's insight and research its really a feast for all senses.
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