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Eduardo Galeano: God’s Masterpiece or the Devil’s Bad Joke? – Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

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Eduardo Galeano: God’s Masterpiece or the Devil’s Bad Joke? – Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics.

Eduardo Galeano Dead, Prolific Writer Was 74 | Huffington Post Latin America

Eduardo Galeano Dead, Prolific Writer Was 74.

~ inimitable, beautiful soul 

Tomgram: Eduardo Galeano, A Lost and Found History of Lives and Dreams Some Broken | TomDispatch

 

Tomgram: Eduardo Galeano, A Lost and Found History of Lives and Dreams Some Broken | TomDispatch.

Tomgram: Eduardo Galeano, Not So Elementary, My Dear Watson | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Eduardo Galeano, Not So Elementary, My Dear Watson | TomDispatch.

from Memory of Fire by Eduardo Galeano

1533 — Atahualpa, 13th & last emperor of the Inca empire in present-day Peru, is put to death by Spanish conquistador Pizarro.

For a long time Alvarado contemplated his beaten enemy, his body slashed open, the quetzal feathers sprouting from his arms & legs, the wings broken, the triple crown of pearls, diamonds & emeralds…
The children seated in a circle around the poet will ask: “& all this you saw? You heard?”

“Yes.”

“You were here?” the children will ask.

“No. None of our people who were here survived.”

The poet will point to the moving clouds & the sway of the treetops.

“See the lances?” he will ask. “See the horses’ hooves? The rain of arrows? The smoke? Listen,” he will say, & put his ear against the ground, filled with explosions.

& he will teach them to smell history in the wind, to touch it in stones polished by the river, & to recognize its taste by chewing certain herbs, without hurry, as one chews on sadness.

– Eduardo Galeano, Memory of Fire

Thank you to Sam Hamill

Eduardo Galeano / Mirrors

“Overshadowed by the more celebrated writers of ‘El Boom Latino-Americano’, Eduardo Galeano has always been an acquired taste for readers in the English-speaking world. At once lyrical and highly political, the Uruguayan has always been difficult to pigeonhole. In the preface to Memory of Fire (1982-86), his mesmerizing three-volume narrative history of the Americas in vignette form – and the one on which his reputation is likely to rest – Galeano sets out his stall: “I don’t know to what literary form this voice of voices belongs . . . I don’t know if it is a novel or essay or epic poem or testament or chronicle . . . I do not believe in the frontiers that, according to literature’s customs officers, separate the forms.”

~ filmmaker, Pamela Robertson-Pearce at DJANG The Art of Life Gallery and Bookshop