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Master Storyteller 3-Pack

Program #GALE003-GALE002-GALE001.

3 CDs

First program: Eduardo Galeano - A Calendar of Human History

When looking into the past, the great historian Howard Zinn said, “We never get ‘just the facts.’” We often get glaring omissions and distortions. History is always a selection from an infinite number of facts. And what is selected is based not just on one’s personal interest but on race, class, gender, and other factors. A true picture of the past is rarely achieved, and never by presenting “just the facts.” Historians need the eyes of thousands of people, the ears of poets, a nose for secrets, the hands of a master painter. And by reversing traditional lenses and viewing history through the eyes of the ignored and dispossessed, we gain a radical new perspective. The best historians draw from a rich mosaic of past events, breathe life into them and make them meaningful and useful to the present. 

Second program: Eduardo Galeano - Mirrors

Eduardo Galeano dedicates this talk to “the disappeared” but not solely the victims of military dictatorships in the Southern Cone in the 1970s. He combats pervasive historical amnesia. Delivered at a packed Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe for the Lannan Foundation, Galeano presents work found in his 2009 book Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone.

Third program: Eduardo Galeano - The Worlds Within the World

Within Latin America's thriving tradition of historical fiction and poetic journalism, no writer has chronicled as much of the last five centuries, nor with as much popular appeal, as Eduardo Galeano. His classic work The Open Veins of Latin America has sold over a million copies. It narrates the exploitation of innocents, from Columbus to the present. Like Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States, Galeano's Open Veins is prerequisite in the study of Latin American history from the bottom up. He is also the author of The Book of Embraces and the award-winning Memory of Fire trilogy. This program features Galeano receiving the Prize for Cultural Freedom from the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico and an exclusive interview conducted by David Barsamian covering a range of topics: the role of the historian, the state of resistance movements and "el socialismo real," and a celebration of the "worlds within the world." Interview.

*Please note: this discounted 3-pack is only available in CD & MP3 audio formats, not as a transcript.*

Speaker(s):

Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano, from Uruguay, was one of Latin America’s most distinguished writers. A recipient of many honors including the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom and the American Book Award, his groundbreaking books, Open Veins of Latin America and the Memory of Fire trilogy changed the way we look at Latin America with its rich and complex cultures, traditions and political currents. His book Children of the Days offers day book of poignant and poetic anecdotes from human history. He passed away at the age of 74 in April 2015.  

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