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Description - Eduardo Galeano by Daniel Fischlin

The Simgle Most Important Literary Voice to Come Out of Latin America in Recent Times; Born in Uruguay in 1940, Eduardo Galeano is the celebrated author of the monumental trilogy Memory of Fire, a revisionary history of the Americas, and of the ground-breaking Open Veins of Latin America, the first serious revisionary analysis of Latin American History. Despite being Latin America's leading voice on issues of human rights, Galeano has been largely ignored as a figure worthy of critical notice. Eduardo Galeano is the first full-length biography and critical study of his life and examines all the events that have shaped his writing - from his close personal friendship with Allende, through the dictatorships in Uruguay and Argentina that forced him into exile, to the ongoing relationship between Galeano and Subcomandante Marcos, leader of the Chiapas rebellion. The book also contains a great deal of new materials gathered from exclusive interviews with Galeano himself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781551641782
ISBN-10: 155164178X
Format: Paperback
(226mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 434
Imprint: Black Rose Books
Publisher: Black Rose Books
Publish Date: 17-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: Canada

Book Reviews - Eduardo Galeano by Daniel Fischlin

UK Kirkus Review » One of Latin America's most powerful voices in the fight against oppression, Eduardo Galeano has been compared to the philosopher Noam Chomsky. But where Chomsky's ideology finds expression in the empirical study of language, Galeano's has diversified into fiction, creating a seductively subversive embrace as dangerous and fertile as the institutions and geo-political realities he attacks. In a marriage of beauty with justice, the commitment to the principle of human freedom underpinning the work of Eduardo Galeano involves not only critique but a step into the aesthetic. Eduardo Hughes Galeano was born in Montevideo in 1940. Dropping out of school after only two years at secondary level, he felt, he claimed, like the playwright George Bernard Shaw: 'when I was seven years old I was obliged to stop my education by going to school.' Once free of formal restrictions, Galeano's learning took off. In September 1954, this 'exceptionally precocious' 14-year-old had his first article accepted by a Uruguayan socialist weekly. By the age of 20 he had become the managing editor of Marcha, a magazine renowned for its political influence. 1973 saw Marcha shut down by the military during a right-wing coup; Galeano was imprisoned. Exile, penury and persecution followed, his name finding its way onto a list of those condemned by the Argentinian death squads. Yet, believing the old proverb that it is better to advance and die than stand still and die, Galeano refused to be silenced. His emergence as a novelist, journalist, revisionist historian and human rights activist of enormous influence speaks not only of his singular talent but an indefatigable dedication. Despite his achievements, however, the writings of Eduardo Galeano have been largely ignored by scholarly disciplines as unworthy of their critical attention. This new assessment of his work, while suffering in places from a near-fatal attack of academic-speak, rectifies that omission. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Daniel Fischlin

Daniel Fischlin is a professor in the School of Literatures and Performance Studies in English at the University of Guelph. Martha Nandorfy is an associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Brock University. Both have published extensively in various areas of literary criticism.

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