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A Sick People (1909) and The Bronze Race (1919) by the positivist historian Alcides Arguedas are withering yet compassionate accounts of his country and its people.The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming is the definitive work on the Spanish conquest of the ancient empire.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's memorable The Lost World was inspired by tales of the northeastern Bolivian plateaux.At Play in the Fields of the Lord by Peter Mathiessen is a moral tale of missionaries in the Amazonian rainforests.Emperor of the Amazon by Brazilian Márcio Souza is a biting modern satire on the horrors of the Amazon and the absurdity of personal and governmental attempts to conquer it.

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