Among speculum authors, the most distinguished is the Uruguayan Eduardo Galeano, who has made the genre his trademark, notably in his three-volume masterpiece, Memory of Fire. His new book, Mirrors, explicitly declares its lineage in its title. Having started his literary career as a political cartoonist, he left his native country in to escape the military dictatorship. Unfortunately, his chosen sanctuary was Argentina, where an even bloodier dictatorship had begun. Galeano founded and edited a political magazine, Crisis, but was forced to leave once more for exile in Spain.
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In he married his first wife, Silvia Brando, and in , having divorced, he remarried to Graciela Berro. He fled again, this time to Spain,[ citation needed ] where he wrote his famous trilogy, Memoria del fuego Memory of Fire , described as "the most powerful literary indictment of colonialism in the Americas.
President Barack Obama , who was making his first diplomatic visit to the region. And they feel as if they are able to teach democracy".
He also talked about how and why he has changed his writing style, and his recent rise in popularity. I do not regret writing it, but it is a stage that I have since passed. However, in an interview with Jorge Majfud he said, "The book, written ages ago, is still alive and kicking. The nobodies: the no-ones, the nobodied, running like rabbits, dying through life, screwed every which way. Who are not, but could be.
Who are not human beings, but human resources. Who do not have faces, but arms. Who do not have names, but numbers. Who do not appear in the history of the world, but in the crime reports of the local paper. The nobodies, who are not worth the bullet that kills them.
The words look like bird tracks. Masterful hands drew them in clay with sharpened canes. Fire annihilates and rescues, kills and gives life, as do the gods, as do we. Fire hardened the clay and preserved the words.
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Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone
Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano