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Argentina

Borges: Collected Fictions, by Jorge Luis Borges (1998). Argentina's Borges is best known for his short stories. The works in this collection, which are arranged chronologically, include the detective story "The Garden of the Forking Paths" and the metaphysical "The Aleph." Borges's fictions are full of labyrinths, gauchos, and knife fights. Although not all of the stories are set in Argentina, some, such as "The South," paint a picture of Buenos Aires and beyond.

The Whispering Land, by Gerald Durrell (1961). Follow Gerald Durrell and his wife on an eight-month safari through Argentina as they gather (or attempt to gather) specimens for England's Jersey Zoo. Their jeep rumbles through Argentina's diverse regions, from bleak Patagonia to Buenos Aires to Calilegua's cane fields and teeming jungles. Along the way they encounter penguins, ocelots, elephant seals, vampire bats, and some rather bizarre humans, all of which Durrell describes with humor and insight.

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