Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone

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Nation Books, May 26, 2009 - History - 400 pages
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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 Ňinvade the readerŐs mind, to persuade him or her to surrender to the charm of his writing and power of his idealism.Ó

Mirrors, GaleanoŐs most ambitious project since Memory of Fire, is an unofficial history of the world seen through historyŐs unseen, unheard, and forgotten. As Galeano notes: ŇOfficial history has it that Vasco N ez 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??Ó

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 menŐs fears, and told in hundreds of kaleidoscopic vignettes, Mirrors is a magic mosaic of our humanity.

 

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This book has unofficial history but I get the idea that Galeano's words make the reader believe the possibility that it could be historically correct. I like that the story goes back thousands of years in history and even involves New York into its writings. It seemingly taps into many emotions, from heartbreaking to suspensful. 

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Eduardo Galeano’s works, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages, include Memory of Fire (three volumes); Open Veins of Latin America; Soccer in Sun and Shadow; Days and Nights of Love and War; The Book of Embraces; We Say No; Walking Words; Upside Down; and Voices of Time. Born in Montevideo, he lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for years before returning to Uruguay. He was the recipient of the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom and the front-runner for Spain's esteemed Cervantes award. 

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