Century of the Wind (Memory of Fire Trilogy #3)

Century of the Wind (Memory of Fire Trilogy #3)

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by Eduardo Galeano
     
 

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From pre-Columbian creation myths and the first European voyages of discovery and conquest to the Age of Reagan, here is "nothing less than a unified history of the Western Hemisphere... recounted in vivid prose."-The New Yorker
A unique and epic history, Eduardo Galeano's Memory of Fire trilogy is an outstanding Latin American eye view of the making of the New…  See more details below

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From pre-Columbian creation myths and the first European voyages of discovery and conquest to the Age of Reagan, here is "nothing less than a unified history of the Western Hemisphere... recounted in vivid prose."-The New Yorker
A unique and epic history, Eduardo Galeano's Memory of Fire trilogy is an outstanding Latin American eye view of the making of the New World. From its first English language publication in 1985 it has been recognized as a classic of political engagement, original research, and literary form.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“Memory of Fire is devastating, triumphant... sure to scorch the sensibility of English-language readers.”
Washington Post
“An epic work of literary creation... there could be no greater vindication of the wonders of the lands and people of Latin America than Memory of Fire.”
Boston Globe
“[Memory of Fire] will reveal to you the meaning of the New World as it was, and of the world as we have it now.”
Los Angeles Times
“A book as fascinating as the history it relates.... Galeano is a satirist, realist, and historian, and... deserves mention alongside John Dos Passos, Bernard DeVoto, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1977 a flabby, reclusive Elvis Presley fired pistols at his six TV sets in Graceland while, a continent away, Brazil's military dictatorship banned Picasso's erotic prints and the U.S. Declaration of Independence. In this Uruguayan journalist's epic tapestry, stitched together from hundreds of historical cameos, the destinies of North and South America are darkly linked by more than drug trafficking, CIA intrusions, cultural imperialism and cynical exploitation. As Galeano replays the obscenities and horrors of modern history, he lays bare the fractured soul of Latin America, a civilization deformed by its unequal relationship with the U.S. Hopping from Thomas Edison's workshop in New Jersey to General Pinochet's bloodbath in Chile, Galeano sums up a century ravaged by progress. This provocative montage is the final volume in a trilogy that includes Genesis and Faces and Masks. Together, they form an unconventional rereading of the history of the Western hemisphere.
Library Journal
In the brilliant finale to the ``Memory of Fire'' trilogy, Galeano brings his fictionalized history of Latin America up to 1984, the year he ended his exile from his native Uruguay. With its unilateral, largely ironic perspective on the key socio-political events of the 20th centurythe Mexican and Cuban revolutions, the Somosa-Sandinista conflictand on such looming factors as Yankee imperialism, Indian persecution, and political oppresion, the book underscores the author's Marxist sympathies. In a subtle, unobtrusive style, cleanly and aptly translated, Galeano deeply impresses and transfigures the reader. A likely collection staple, but impotent without its earlier siblings. -- Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393318074
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Memory of Fire Trilogy Series, #3
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Eduardo Galeano (1940—2015) was the author of Open Veins of Latin America, Days and Nights of Love and War, The Book of Embraces, We Say No, and other works.

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Century of the Wind (Memory of Fire Trilogy #3) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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LennonFan More than 1 year ago
Using lively writing Eduardo Galeano tells the poignant tale of the oppressed and the poor of Latin America. Unlike so many history books that are dry accounts of dates and places, this book is written in a unique style between poetic stanza and mini essays. Each passage creates either a portrait of some figurehead or a snapshot of some historical event.

I highly recommend it, not just for history buffs or Latinos like myself. I think it's a great piece of writing about the ongoing human struggle between the haves and have nots.