Carne de Cañón: ¡Ahora arde, kollitas! presented at the International Book Fair, FIL in La Paz (Bolivia)

August 25, 2015

Cover of Carne de Cañón: ¡Ahora arde, kollitas!

This book, edited by Guillermo Delgado-P. and based on a war diary written by Trifonio Delgado Gonzales, revisits an area that, in the history of Latin America of the Twentieth Century, witnessed one of the most violent and raw war scenarios in memory—some have called it the “War of Thirst,” or  “The Cursed War.” In Bolivia, indigenous soldiers called it “Ch’ampa Guerra."  These Quechua and Spanish terms that translate as “Entangled War,” allude to the type of thorny and intricate forest of the Chaco area. On this harsh terrain the confrontation between Paraguay and Bolivia, better known as “The Chaco War,” began in mid 1932 and ended in June of 1935. The war started after sketchy data revealed the existence of large oil deposits in the area. About one hundred thousand soldiers killed each other over what turned out to be meager deposits.  Standard Oil and Dutch Shell , it is said, watched the carnage.