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.
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.