Peru: Resources













A list of newspapers, media, published books, videos, and reports to deepen your understanding of past and present issues within Peru.

News Links

Lima Daily, packed with ads (in Spanish)
Arequipa Daily (in Spanish)
Independent Lima Daily (in Spanish)
Indymedia's Peru page (in Spanish - can be roughly translated via Google)
Peru news from the World News Network (in English)
Lima daily for business and economics (in Spanish)
Yahoo compiles various articles on Peru (in English)
Covers all Latin America, with sections by country. (in English)

Choropampa, The Price of Gold
An award-winning documentary funded by Oxfam.

“Choropampa tracks the impact of a mercury spill from mining wastes on a small community in Peru. Many members of the town became seriously ill, but they were unable to get restitution from the mine owners. However, as revealed in the film, through organization and solidarity (and the leadership of Oxfam partners), the people were able to demand satisfaction. The jury gave the award to film director Stephanie Boyd because "the power of the film lay in its ability to involve the viewer in the struggle and determination of a community to seek justice and accountability." (source: International Herald Tribune)

State of Fear
The Truth About Terrorism directed by Pamela Yates

“…follows up on the work of Peru's Truth Commission, which concluded that more than 69,000 people were killed in terrorist or government- sponsored violence in Peru between 1980 and 2000. It also underlines how the war on terror was used to justify erosion of the country's democracy.” (source: International Herald Tribune)

The Fall of Fujimori
directed by Ellen Perry

“…is based on interviews with Alberto Fujimori, Peru's president from 1990 to 2000, who is allowed to explain his strategy and claim credit for wiping out the Shining Path.” (Source: International Herald Tribune)

Books (Nonfiction)

The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics
by Orin Starn, Ivan Degregori, and Robin Kirk
"[A] joy both for Peru specialists and those seeking an introduction to the country’s political and social development."- John Crabtree, Journal of Latin American Studies

Peru (Oxfam Country Profiles Series)
by John Crabtree
This profile provides a guide to the major recent economic, social, and political developments within Peru, viewed through the eyes of Peruvians themselves. John Crabtree emphasizes the depth of social divides in a country where more than half the population lives in poverty and without access to adequate employment. He analyzes the weakness of democratic institutions and the lack of political "voice" of the majority of men and women, while examining the background to the country's poor human rights record in recent years. (source:

A Fish in the Water
by Mario Vargas Llosa
A combined biography and political account: chapters on the author's youth are interleaved with chapters on his failed presidential campaign in 1989-90. (source:

The Conquest of the Incas
by John Hemming
Praised as the finest account of the annihilation of the Incan empire since W.H. Prescott's History of the Conquest of Peru, this compelling, authoritative account removes the Incas from the realm of prehistory and legend and shows the reality of their struggle against the Spanish invasion. Drawing on rediscovered sources and a firsthand knowledge of the Incan terrain, Hemming vividly describes postconquest Peru and the integration of the Incas into the Spanish society, refuting many misconceptions about the decline of the Incan empire. (Source

The Ancient Kingdoms of Peru
by Nigel Davies
Covers the history of the Inca's plus all the cultures before the Inca. (Source:

Books (Fiction)

by Marie Arana
The Dial Press, 2006, ISBN 0385336640 - a satirical novel set in the Peruvian Amazon; finalist for the John Sargent Prize

Conversation in the Catedral, The Green House, Death in the Andes, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The Feast of the Goat and anything by Mario Vargas Llosa
Peruvian writer whose commitment to social change is evident in his novels, plays, and essays. In 1990 he was an unsuccessful candidate for president of Peru. (Source:

Lost City Radio
by Daniel Alarcón
Set in a fictional South American nation where guerrillas have long clashed with the government, Alarcón's ambitious first novel (after the story collection War by Candlelight) follows a trio of characters upended by civil strife. (Source: Publishers Weekly)

Deep Rivers
by Jose Maria Arguedas (Author), Francis Horning Barraclough (Translator)
José María Arguedas is one of the few Latin American authors who loved and described his natural surroundings, and he ranks among the greatest writers of any time and place. He saw the beauty of the Peruvian landscape, as well as the grimness of social conditions in the Andes, through the eyes of the Indians who are a part of it.. (Source:

A World for Julius
by Alfredo Bryce Echenique
This lyrical, richly textured novel, first published in 1970 as Un mundo para Julius, opens new territory in Latin American literature with its focus on the social elite of Peru. In this postmodern novel Bryce Echenique incisively charts the decline of an influential, centuries-old aristocratic family faced with the invasion of foreign capital in the 1950s. (Source:


List of best Peruvian blogs by subject (all in Spanish)