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 of Uruguay was one of Latin America’s most distinguished writers, journalists, and historians. He was the recipient of many honors including the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom and the American Book Award. His groundbreaking book, Open Veins of Latin America changed the way we look at Latin America with its rich and complex cultures, traditions, and diverse political currents. Among his many other books are Memory of Fire, Mirrors, The Book of Embraces, Soccer in Sun and Shadow, Upside Down, We Say No and Mirrors. Of his writing he said, “It’s an attempt to say more with less every time, to transmit the electricity of life through the electricity of words.” He passed away in 2015.