Synopses & Reviews
Throughout his career, Eduardo Galeano has turned our understanding of history and reality on its head. Isabelle Allende said his works invade the readers mind, to persuade him or her to surrender to the charm of his writing and power of his idealism.”
Mirrors, Galeanos most ambitious project since Memory of Fire, is an unofficial history of the world seen through historys unseen, unheard, and forgotten. As Galeano notes: Official history has it that Vasco Núñez de Balboa was the first man to see, from a summit in Panama, the two oceans at once. Were the people who lived there blind??”
Recalling the lives of artists, writers, gods, and visionaries, from the Garden of Eden to twenty-first-century New York, of the black slaves who built the White House and the women erased by mens fears, and told in hundreds of kaleidoscopic vignettes, Mirrors is a magic mosaic of our humanity.
"The acclaimed Uruguayan writer Galeano offers another striking but hard to classify work except in relation to his own oeuvre: this book being something like a companion piece to Book of Embraces or his three-volume Memory of Fire. In pithy retellings of creation myths and reflections on history, he uses the past to comment on the present: juxtaposing the origin of the Hindu caste system and the 'untouchable' class, whose members were responsible for cleaning up the wreckage of the 2004 tsunami, revealing how the casualties of the invasion of Iraq were not only human but memory itself, embodied by the destruction of priceless artifacts from the birthplace of writing. These vignettes embrace the exalted and the humble, and consistently privilege the narratives of the dispossessed indigenous people, women and accounts from the global south. Across disparate civilizations and centuries but always with an unflinching eye (and irony) trained on the present Galeano's stories register the imaginations of our mythmaking species, the elaborate gestures of (gendered) forms of power and the spirit of rebellion and resilience that fires the underdog masses. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
is a powerfully evocative book, one that is sure to anger those with an interest in maintaining accepted realities. Galeano does not profess to speak for the voiceless, yet his works amplify the muted calls for dignity and justness that have resounded for many thousands of years from the mouths of the silenced." Jeremy Garber, Powells.com
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From one of the worlds most celebrated writers, his most ambitious book to datean epic history of the human adventure, told backwards, forwards, sideways, through past, present, and future
About the Author
Eduardo Galeano’s works, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages, include Memory of Fire (three volumes); Open Veins of Latin America; Soccer in Sun and Shadow; Days and Nights of Love and War; The Book of Embraces; We Say No; Walking Words; Upside Down; and Voices of Time. Born in Montevideo, he lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for years before returning to Uruguay. He was the recipient of the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom and the front-runner for Spain's esteemed Cervantes award.