Mirrors by Eduardo Galeano
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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.

 

About Eduardo Galeano

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Eduardo Galeano is one of Latin America's most distinguished writers. He is the author of the three-volume Memory of Fire; Open Veins of Latin America; Soccer in Sun and Shadow; The Book of Embraces; Walking Words; Upside Down; and Voices in Time. Born in Montevideo in 1940, he lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for years before returning to Uruguay. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. He is recipient of many international prizes, including the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom, the Casa de las Américas Prize, and the First Distinguished Citizen of the region by the countries of Mercosur.
 
Published May 26, 2009 by Nation Books. 402 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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From the noted Uruguayan author, a broad, global, sometimes glancing look at all the ways humans do wrong.

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The New York Times

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Eduardo Galeano’s meditations on the progression of humanity.

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The Guardian

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The speculum, espéculo or mirror, understood as a sort of whimsical anthology or commonplace book, is a literary genre of venerable antiquity.

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The Guardian

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Eduardo Galeano is a famous Latin American writer, little known in Anglo-Saxon countries until Hugo Chávez presented Barack Obama earlier this year with a copy of his classic 1973 book The Open Veins of Latin America (now once again available from Serpent's Tail).

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Publishers Weekly

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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 <EMPHASIS TY

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