Posted by: koolwine | April 11, 2010

Paraguay: The News from Paraguay

Country: Paraguay

Local Name: Tetã Paraguái in the native Guaraní language, which translates to “The Republic of Paraguay”.  The Guaraní word  Paraguái means “place of great water”.

Guaraní is one of the official languages of Paraguay, and is the only indigenous language in the Americas that is regularly spoken by non-indigenous people.

Title: The News from Paraguay

Author: Lily Tuck (American)

Published: 2004   Pages: 248

Acclaim: Winner of the National Book Award

Time Period: 1854-1875

Summary: Irishwoman Ella Lynch abandons her life as a courtesan in Paris to follow her new lover, the future Paraguayan Dictator Francisco Solano Lopez, to his homeland. Clever, charming and athletic, Lynch wields considerable influence over Lopez while he wages a relentless and brutal war against the “Triple Alliance” of  Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.

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