Voices of Time: A Life in Stories

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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A striking mosaic of memories, observations, and legends that together reveal the author's own story and a grand, compassionate vision of life itself

In this kaleidoscope of reflections, renowned South American author Eduardo Galeano ranges widely, from childhood to love, music, plants, fear, indignity, and indignation. In the signal style of his bestselling and much-admired Memory of Fire trilogy—brief fragments that build steadily into an organic whole—Galeano offers a rich, wry history of his life and times that is both calmly philosophical and fiercely political.

Beginning with blue algae, the earliest of life forms, these 333 vignettes alight on the Galeano family's immigration to Uruguay in the early twentieth century, the fate of love letters intercepted by a military dictatorship, abuses by the rich and powerful, the latest military outrages, and the author's own encounters with all manner of living matter, including generals, bums, dissidents, soccer stars, ducks, and trees. Out of these meditations emerges neither anger nor bitterness, but a celebration of a blessed life in a harsh world.

Poetic and passionate, scathing and lyrical, delivered with Galeano's inimitable mix of gentle comedy and fierce moral judgment, Voices of Time is a deeply personal statement from a great and beloved writer.

 

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Contents

Time Tells
The Voyage
Witnesses
Greeneries
Footprints
Time Plays Games
Time Takes Its Time
Shipwrecked Words
Mermaids
Ballads
The Idol
The Movies
Movie Buffs
Television
The Theater
The Theatergoer

Clinical History
The Conjugal Institution
Brawls and Squabbles
The Seven Deadly Sins
Subsoil of the Night
Morals and Good Habits
Fish
Birds
Woodcocks
Spiders
Serpents
Afterlife
Time Plays Tricks
Unibody
The Kiss
The Oldest Man in the World
Time Turns Pages
Mother
Father
Grandmother
Grandfather
Labor
Birth
Baptism
Christening
Birthday
Revelation
Wind
Sun
Eclipse
Night
Moon
Light Dwellers
Morgan
Leo
Lord Chichester
Pepa
Pérez
Curious People
The Rate of Infant Immortality
Whispers
Bad Words
Useful Lessons
Rules
Good Health
The Teacher
The Students
Condors
Manpower
Recompense
The Horse
The Final Prank
A Bottle Adrift
On the Waterfront
Water
Water Lords
Brands
The Fountain
The Lake
The River
Voices
The Flood
Snails
The Deluge
Nets
Shrimp
The Curse
The Sea
Punishment
Another Punishment
Downpour
Drought
The Desert
The Peasant
Relatives
Family
The Offering
Grapes
Wine
The Wine Bar
Beer
Forbidden Fruit
Carnal Sin
Carnal Hunt
Carnal Affront
Diet
Food
Unstill Life
Soul in Plain Sight
The Ginkgo
Living History
The Cuxin
The Tree Remembers
The Flower Remembers
The Jacaranda
The Plane Tree
Green Dialogue
Mute
Alone
Houdini
Frogs
Seeds
Herbs
The Lady Who Heals
The Lady Who Listens
The Gentleman Who Speaks
The Gentleman Who Remains Silent
First Lessons
Judgment Day
Map of Time
Silence
The Word
The Letter
The Letters
The Mailman
The Reader
The Book
The Ink
Alphabet Soup
She Tells
He Tells
The Shipwreck
Praise for the Press
Instructions for Reading the Paper
Instructions for a Successful Career
Against the Current
The Hatmaker
The Hat
The Chosen Lady
Flies
Exorcism
The Machine
The Evil Eye
Looking at Miro
Not Looking
Seeing
Points of View
Colors
A Dictionary of Colors
The Sevencolors
The King
Art History
Memory in Stone
The Painter
The Photographer
The Sculptors
Kites
The Price of Art
First Music
The Price of Progress
Flutes
The Dance
Drummings
The Piano
The Harmonium
The Electrician
The Singer
The Songstress
The Song
Another Song
The Actor
The Actress
That Applause
The Comedy of the Half Millennium
The Comedy of the Century
The Comedy of the Half Century
The Tailor
The Airplane
Flight Without a Map
Flight Plan
The Train
The Passengers
Are You There?
Traffic Accident
Red Yellow Green
Advertising
The Street
Map of the World
Distances
Geography
The Geographer
The Albatross
The Sun Walker
The Port
Immigrants a Century Ago
The Years Soar
Immigrants Today
The History That Might Have Been
Expulsion
Goodbyes
Departure
Arrival
Ceremony
Exile
Exiles
Time Weaves
The Foot
The Path of Jesus
The Ants Itinerary
The Salmons Way
Poverty
The Closed Door
A Lesson in Law
A Lesson in Medicine
Maternity
Mothers Day
The Latest Fashion
Clues
Evidence
The Declaration
The Sentence
The Prison
The Execution
Poor Mans Funeral
Buried in Style
Discipline
The Evil One
The Good One
A Pro
Another Pro
How to Succeed in Life
Beggars
Work Clothes
The Robber Gets Robbed
The Cop Gets Busted
Word Thieves
Muggings
It Happens All the Time
Memory Stolen
Memory Bought
Memory Burned
Traditions
The Pioneer
Another Pioneer
Role Models
State of the Art
On Sale
Marketing
The Exemplary Banker
A Class in Political Economics
The Exemplary Worker
The Exemplary Woman
The Exemplary Athlete
Coronation
The Exemplary Mourner
The Dead Woman Who Worked Miracles
Inflation
The Exemplary Candidate
The Ballot and the Bullet
The Price of Democracy
Civilization and Barbarism
The World Market
The Global Government
The White Mans Burden
The Wonders of Science
The Wonders of Bureaucracy
Incantations
The Little Christ
Blessed Healer
Blessed Remedy
Another Blessed Remedy
Miracles
I Give Thanks for the Miracle
The Great Beyond
The Virgin
The Others
Christmas Eve
Easter Sunday
The History of Fear
The Art of Ruling
The Anatomy of Fear
Fright
The Bogeyman
The Magic Flute
The Plague
Red Alert
The Opinion Mill
The Hooded Man
The Professor
The Windmill
Echoes
The Keeper
Losses
Absences
Encounters
The Door
Memory
Tik
The Hummingbird
Sex Symbol
The Lion and the Hyena
The Bat
The Shark
The Rooster
The Hen
Doves
Heroes
The Warrior
Earth in Flames
Thundering Sky
The Other Warriors
Welcome to the New Millennium
Newscast
Global News
Eternal War
Objective Information
Orders
The Gunner
Another Gunner
And Yet Another
Time Weighs
Time Passes
Time
Hard Times
The Light Soars
The Challenge
Day Is Born
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
PRAISE FOR EDUARDO GALEANOS
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About the author (2007)

Eduardo Galeano (1940-2015) is one of Latin America's most admired writers, as well as a distinguished journalist and historian. Winner of the first Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize in 1998, he is the author of Upside Down, the Memory of Fire trilogy (for which he won the 1989 American Book Award), Open Veins of Latin America, and many other works. He lived in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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