We Say No: Chronicles 1963-1991 / Edition 1

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The title of We Say No is drawn from a speech delivered by Eduardo Galeano in support of democracy in Chile in 1988.
It eloquently states the case that by saying no to a global system of greed, repression, and exploitation one says yes to the universal values of equality, freedom, and love. All of the thirty-four pieces that comprise this book affirm the elemental struggle of the forgotten and the dispossessed for simple human dignity. From vivid portraits of the "last emperor" Pu Yi, Pele, and Che Guevara to a defense of the political nature of the literary enterprise in Latin America to stinging critiques of the end-of-history thesis and the "celebrations" of Columbus's voyages of discovery (and conquest) to the genesis of Memory of Fire, the pieces in We Say No are united by Galeano's unique ability to blend stirring political commitment, a magical literary facility and a large historical imagination into a seamless web. The result is a volume indispensable to the growing legion of Galeano's American readers and to all concerned with the issues of peace and justice in the Americas and, indeed, in the entire post-Cold War world.

The title of We Say No is drawn from a speech Galeano delivered in support of democracy in Chile in 1988, stating that by saying no to a global system of greed and exploitation, one says yes to equality and freedom. The 34 pieces comprising this book affirm the struggle of the forgotten and dispossessed for human dignity.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This exceptional and important collection of 35 articles, speeches and essays by the author of the acclaimed Memory of Fire trilogy covers the tumultuous past three decades of Latin American history. Galeano is a classic example of the advocacy journalist; by his own admission, he ``neither believes in objectivity nor pretends to practice it.'' His candor, coupled with passionate moral indignation and superb phrase-turning helped immeasurably here by a group of excellent translators make this book exciting. Galeano looses a withering sarcasm on the enemies of progressive social change in Latin America: multinational corporations, military dictators, the U.S. government, racism, illiteracy and poverty. His tone runs from the wry irony of his encounters with soccer great Pele and Juan Peron to the bittersweet romanticism of his meetings with Che Guevara to the almost hallucinatory in his reports of oil and diamond boom towns. But the book is strongest when it is most polemical. Galeano's essays on the ``discovery'' of the Americas by Columbus and a succession of conquistadors should be required reading in this quincentennial year. July
Library Journal
Galeano, a noted Uruguayan journalist and novelist, has brought together from his distinguished career 34 journalistic articles or columns that are arranged chronologically, from 1963 to 1991. With compelling literary skills, he applies his leftist perspective to a wide range of Latin American issues: interviews with Pele and with Che Guevara, analyses of the Nicaraguan revolution and of the Columbus quincentennial, and impassioned speeches ``We Say No'' on the role of literature as a liberating force on the continent. An intellectual with a genuine and strong concern for peace and justice in the region, he assesses the current state of Latin America as a ``Democratorship'' and laments the triumph of capitalism as ``A Nightmare Come True.'' With his longer literary works available in English among them, the trilogy Memory of Fire: Genesis , LJ 10/1/85; Faces and Masks , LJ 6/1/87; The Century of the Wind , LJ 3/15/88; and The Book of Embraces , LJ 4/1/91 , this collection, ably translated, brings to an American audience forceful, serious journalism about the current fate of Latin America. For academic and large public libraries with Latin American holdings.-- James Rhodes, Luther Coll., Decorah, Ia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393308983
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eduardo Galeano is also 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. He is a regular contributor to The Nation. He lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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Table of Contents

Pele and His Retinue 15
The Thrice-Born Emperor 25
El Che Guevara: Cuba as Showcase or Spark 33
Magical Death for a Magical Life 45
Peron, the Sparrows, and Providence 54
Guatemala in the Barrels of Guns 64
Chronicle of Torture and Victory 77
God and the Devil in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro 88
All Bolivia in a Railroad Car 104
The Civilization of Black Gold 111
Chronicle of Diamond Fever 118
Fascism in Latin America: A Letter to a Mexican Editor 125
In Defense of the Word 130
Exile, Somewhere Between Nostalgia and Creativity 143
Ten Frequent Lies or Mistakes about Latin American Literature and Culture 151
Notes for a Self-Portrait 174
The Discovery of America Yet to Come 179
The Dictatorship and Its Aftermath: The Secret Wounds 187
Democratorship: Latin American Democracy Held Hostage 194
In Defense of Nicaragua 200
The Structure of Impotence 205
The Body as Sin or Celebration 222
The Blue Tiger and the Promised Land 227
Two Speeches for Chile: You Didn't Die When They Killed You: A Speech Delivered in the Monster's Belly 236
We Say No 241
Salgado: Light Is a Secret of Garbage 245
Words about Memory and about Fire 255
Impunity U. 266
Funeral for the Wrong Corpse 273
Scorn as Destiny 280
To Be Like Them 286
War of the Fallacies 298
Othercide: For Five Centuries the Rainbow Has Been Banned from America's Sky 303
Permissions 317
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