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The Destiny of a Name – El destino de un nombre


10 USD

Available worldwide.

The bilingual book “The destiny of a name” is a collection of pieces written by Héctor Roberto Chavero Aramburu, best known as Atahualpa Yupanqui, an Argentinian singer, songwriter, guitarist and writer.

The texts and illustrations express Argentina’s music, poetry and landscapes in the most profound way. From north to south, east to west. Stories about people, customs and nature, written in Yupanqui’s unique and inimitable style.

Readers find themselves immersed in the sound of rivers, the silence of the mountains, the voices of indigenous peoples. Through visions of vivid landscapes and insights into Andean traditions, they grow to understand why he dedicated his songs to the moon, to his guitar, to his horses, to his friends and companions, and to everything else that inspired his timeless creations.


Atahualpa Yupanqui is considered the most important Argentinian folk musician of the twentieth century. His lifelong companion, Antoinette Paule Pépin Fitzpatrick, nicknamed Nenette, was his musical collaborator and she wrote some of the most recognised works attributed to Atahualpa Yupanqui and “Pablo del Cerro”, the pseudonym under which Nenette published her creations.

Book Details

  • Bilingual: English and Spanish
  • 97 pages
  • 16 chapters
  • 16 black and white illustrations
  • Glossary of regional terms for English speakers

Additional information

You’ll love this book if:
· You speak English and you want to discover the works of a Latin American poet.
· You speak both languages and want to enjoy two different versions, discovering unique nuances in each of them.
· You speak Spanish and you are learning English. You’ll be able to read the texts in your own language and discover words — and worlds — in the language you are learning.
· You are from Argentina or Latin America and you want to have a small patch of home in your own book collection.

The role of the book in cultural sustainability
Culture is who we are; it’s what shapes our identity.
No development can be sustainable without culture.
Culture can play an essential role in quality education, sustainable cities, the environment, economic growth, sustainable consumption and production patterns, peaceful and inclusive societies, gender equality, and food security.
From cultural heritage to cultural and creative industries, culture is both an enabler and a driver of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
The book “The destiny of a name” aims to contribute to sustainable development by transmitting the cultural beliefs, practices and feelings of a vast region, often consigned to oblivion.
It also aims to preserve a part of the Argentinian and Latin American cultural heritage and make it speak in a different language, in celebration of our world and the communities we belong to.

The team behind the book

Belén Maidana, project coordinator, translator and editor
Hannah Richardson, translator and editor
Joaquín Vogler, designer and illustrator

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