Stories of Almost Everyone

Book - 2009
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Throughout his career, Eduardo Galeano has turned our understanding of history and reality on its head. Isabelle Allende said his works "invade the reader's mind, to persuade him or her to surrender to the charm of his writing and power of his idealism." 'Mirrors', Galeano's most ambitious project since 'Memory of Fire', is an unofficial history of the world seen through history's 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 men's fears, and told in hundreds of kaleidoscopic vignettes, 'Mirrors' is a magic mosaic of our humanity.
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, c2009
ISBN: 9781568584232
Characteristics: 391 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Sep 17, 2009

This book is unlike anything I have ever read. It is an amazing multiculutral poetical history of the world that might as well be called, The Long Legacy of Human Heartache. Galeano's poetic prose captures a biography in a paragraph. Some of the major themes explored are the violence against women, the European mistreatment of the darker-skinned races, and the people - like Beethoven - who fought against hypocrisy and lies. This is a profoundly sad work, but beautiful in the extreme.


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