Against a thousand years of vivid history, in a work of striking originality and power, Marie Arana tells the stories of three contemporary Latin Americans whose lives represent the driving forces that have shaped the character of the region.

Silver, Sword, and Stone

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Bolívar’s life is one of history’s most dramatic canvases, a colossal narrative replete with adventure and disaster, victory and defeat.

Bolívar

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American Chica transports us far beyond the conventional boundaries of ethnic memoir; with great delicacy, Arana helps us understand why the marriage of the Americas is as difficult as it is inevitable.

American Chica

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“Erotic, catastrophic . . . Arana’s novel of taboo passion, tragic misperception, and life’s hidden dimensions is as shattering as it is seductive.”

Lima Nights

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In her stunning fiction debut, Marie Arana has created a rich, boisterous saga about a remarkable family, a wondrous invention, and a powerful collision between science, magic, and faith.

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“Monumental, stupendous. . . . a must-read for anyone who wants to understand this hemisphere.”
~Julia Alvarez

“Meticulously researched, the book’s greatest strengths are the power of its epic narrative, the beauty of its prose and its rich portrayals of character. . . . a marvelous book.”
~The Washington Post

“A lively and learned account of Latin America, ingeniously structured.”
~The New York Times

Bolívar: American Liberator

A major work of history, Bolivar colorfully portrays a dramatic life even as it explains the rivalries and turmoil that bedeviled Bolivar’s tragic last days.

“Finally, Bolivar gets the sweeping biography he deserves. He was the greatest leader in Latin American history, and his tale is filled with lessons about leadership and passion. This book reads like a wonderful novel but is researched like a masterwork of history.” –Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

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Marie’s Story

Marie is a Peruvian-American author of nonfiction and fiction, senior advisor to the U.S. Librarian of Congress, literary director of the National Book Festival, the John W. Kluge Center’s former Chair of the Cultures of the Countries of the South, and a Writer at Large for the Washington Post. For many years, she was editor-in-chief of the Washington Post’s literary section, Book World. She has also written for the New York Times, the National Geographic, Time Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, Spain’s El País, Colombia’s El Tiempo, and Peru’s El Comercio, among many other publications.

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News & Events

‘Pleasure, Obligation, Curiosity, Inspiration’: What’s on Marie Arana’s Nightstand

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From the New York Times BY THE BOOK interview. Among other things, the author of “Silver, Sword & Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American…

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Politics and Prose: Review of Silver Sword and Stone

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In Silver, Sword, and Stone Marie Arana seamlessly weaves these stories with the history of the past millennium to explain three enduring themes that have defined Latin America since pre-Columbian times: the foreign greed for its mineral riches, an ingrained propensity to violence, and the abiding power of religion.

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Events: Book Tour

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Here are the dates and locations for my upcoming book tour for Silver, Sword, and Stone.

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Video: Marie Arana discusses her book Silver, Sword and Stone

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Marie Arana on the Three Crucibles of Latin American History. Author and National Book Award finalist, Marie Arana, tells us about her newest book Silver, Sword, and Stone, a powerful narrative about the three enduring forces that have defined Latin America, and its people, since pre-Columbian times.

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