EDUARDO GALEANO MIRRORS PDF

The words look like bird tracks. Masterful hands drew them in clay with sharpened canes. Fire annihilates and rescues, kills and gives life, as do the gods, as do we. Fire hardened the clay and preserved the words. Thanks to fire, the clay tablets still tell what they told thousands of years ago in that land of two rivers.

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Among speculum authors, the most distinguished is the Uruguayan Eduardo Galeano, who has made the genre his trademark, notably in his three-volume masterpiece, Memory of Fire. His new book, Mirrors, explicitly declares its lineage in its title.

Having started his literary career as a political cartoonist, he left his native country in to escape the military dictatorship. Unfortunately, his chosen sanctuary was Argentina, where an even bloodier dictatorship had begun. Galeano founded and edited a political magazine, Crisis, but was forced to leave once more for exile in Spain.

Here he lived until , when he returned to Uruguay. Memory of Fire covered the history of the American continent from its legendary beginnings to the political realities of the s. Mirrors is both more modest and more ambitious. Modest, because it runs to nearly pages, while Memory of Fire came close to 1,; ambitious, because here the subject is not limited to the Americas but covers the entire globe, from the tales of Genesis to accounts of the electronic revolution.

As a true speculum demands, Mirrors is made up of anecdotes, portraits, riddles, poems and fables; nothing is lost by sampling its stories at random. For instance, here is a story about God in our time: "Dietrich Bonhoeffer is imprisoned in the concentration camp at Flossenberg. The guards make all the prisoners watch the execution of three condemned men. Our record on earth, Galeano seems to say, is far from glorious, and there is more madness than method in our accomplishments.

Mysteriously, however, something good perhaps remains. One of the last pieces tells the following story, under the title "The Road Goes On": "When someone dies, when his time is up, what happens to the wanderings, desirings, and speakings that were called by his name? His ashes are stirred into plantain soup or corn wine and everybody eats. After the ceremony no one ever names the dead person again: the dead one, now living in other bodies, called by other names, wanders, desires, and speaks.

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Among speculum authors, the most distinguished is the Uruguayan Eduardo Galeano, who has made the genre his trademark, notably in his three-volume masterpiece, Memory of Fire. His new book, Mirrors, explicitly declares its lineage in its title. Having started his literary career as a political cartoonist, he left his native country in to escape the military dictatorship. Unfortunately, his chosen sanctuary was Argentina, where an even bloodier dictatorship had begun. Galeano founded and edited a political magazine, Crisis, but was forced to leave once more for exile in Spain. Here he lived until , when he returned to Uruguay.

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