A striking mosaic of memories, observations, and legends that together reveal the author's own story and a grand, compassionate vision of life itself In this kaleidoscope of reflections, renowned South American author Eduardo Galeano ranges widely, from childhood to love, music, plants, fear, indignity, and indignation. In the signal style of his bestselling and much-admired Memory of Fire trilogy—brief fragments that build steadily into an organic whole—Galeano offers a rich, wry history of his life and times that is both calmly philosophical and fiercely political. Beginning with blue algae, the earliest of life forms, these vignettes alight on the Galeano family's immigration to Uruguay in the early twentieth century, the fate of love letters intercepted by a military dictatorship, abuses by the rich and powerful, the latest military outrages, and the author's own encounters with all manner of living matter, including generals, bums, dissidents, soccer stars, ducks, and trees. Out of these meditations emerges neither anger nor bitterness, but a celebration of a blessed life in a harsh world.
Uruguayan writer, journalist, and novelist Eduardo Galeano's short, but devastating, book should be required reading for all Americans, and I feel a little cheated that this book was never discussed in my education.
Galeano's politics might by off putting to some This is a book that comes with a blurb from Hugo Chavez. He comes from a leftist, anti-capitalist Although I'm not sure he'd identify as a Marxistand very critical perspective. It's provocative and uncomfortable for a Western reader, as it should be.
His premise is that from Latin America's first contact with Europeans inthe continent's people and resources have been mercilessly, ruthlessly exploited and while America is a more recent player, we are deeply culpable. Americans hate to feel bad about themselves, so it's unlikely this will be Oprah's book club pick any time soon, but every American who cares about foreign policy and about America's image in the world should read this.
Like u uncommonreader Jul 08, A classic, taught in universities.
A brilliant analysis of the exploitation of Latin America over five centuries. President Chavez gave a copy of the book to President Obama at their first meeting. While Galeano has commented on the quality of his analysis of political economy, he has never disavowed what he wrote.
We, the so-called civilized world has done, continues to do and will continue to do so many of the terrible things told about in this twisted tale of colonialism by Western European countries in the past and the first world countries of the present. By destroying both the people and the environment of the countries we exploit until they have no more profits to make for usRather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation.
Thus he is concerned with gold and silver, cacao and cotton, rubber and coffee, fruit, hides and wool, petroleum, iron, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminum ore, nitrates, and tin. Open veins of Latin America: five centuries of the pillage of a continent by Eduardo Galeano (Book) 4 editions published between and in German and held by 8 .
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This site is like a library, Use search box in the widget to get ebook that you want. The following text is the introduction to Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, published by MR Press in August.
Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano, , Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. (9, ratings by Goodreads) Paperback; Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people.
An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style. EDUARDO GALEANO is the author of Open Veins of Latin America, Memory of Fire Trilogy, Book of Embraces and the forthcoming Upside Down.