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

Marie Arana

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

Bolívar

Marie Arana

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

Marie Arana

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.

Cellophane

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Silver, Sword, and Stone

“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

Marie Arana

Marie’s Story

Marie is a Peruvian-American author of nonfiction and fiction as well as the inaugural Literary Director of the Library of Congress. She is the recipient of a 2020 literary award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Among her recent positions are: Director of the National Book Festival, the John W. Kluge Center’s Chair of the Cultures of the Countries of the South, and Writer at Large for the Washington Post. For many years, she was editor-in-chief of the Washington Post’s book review section, Book World.

Silver, Sword and Stone

News & Events

“Best Audiobooks About Latino Identity To Listen To”

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Marie Arana’s work features heavily on this Audible audio books feature. Both the English and Spanish editions of Bolívar as well as Silver, Sword and Stone are celebrated as works that “find authors from the land of your ancestors and learn why reclaiming Latino heritage has become so popular worldwide”

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Bolívar by Marie Arana: Esquire’s Best Biographies of All Time

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“…Marie Arana deftly chronicles his epic life with propulsive prose, including a killer first sentence: “They heard him before they saw him: the sound of hooves striking the earth, steady as a heartbeat, urgent as a revolution.””

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Marie Arana Talks Silver, Sword, and Stone

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Marie Arana’s Silver, Sword, and Stone takes the readers from pre-Columbian times through the region’s conquest, independence movements, dirty wars, and right down to the present. In doing so, the book explores three driving forces in the region’s history: mining—and particularly mining, violence, and religion through the tales of three contemporary Latin Americans. In this episode, the award-winning author tells AS/COA’s Carin Zissis why she wrote this sweeping history now.

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‘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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