A cel­e­bra­tion of au­thor Ed­uardo Galeano’s life and work

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A pas­sion­ate chron­i­cler of in­jus­tice: Ed­uardo Galeano re­mem­bered

Ed­uardo Galeano (1940-2015), was a writer and jour­nal­ist from Uruguay, best known for his 1971 work, Las ve­nas

abier­tas de América Latina (Open Veins of Latin Amer­ica), in which he an­a­lyzed the his­tory of col­o­niza­tion of the Amer­i­cas. Many of his books, such as Días y Noches de Amor

y de Guerra (Days and Nights of Love and War), pub­lished in 1978, com­bined es­say, re­portage, and lyri­cal frag­ments as well as fic­tion. Galeano be­gan his jour­nal­ism ca­reer in the early 1960s; in 1973, af­ter a mil­i­tary coup in Uruguay, he was im­pris­oned and later fled to Ar­gentina, where he lived in ex­ile un­til 1976 — when a coup there forced him to flee to Spain. (He re­turned to Uruguay in 1985, when the govern­ment de­moc­ra­tized.) The English trans­la­tion of Galeano’s fi­nal book, Hunter

of Sto­ries, was pub­lished posthu­mously in 2017, by Na­tion Books; the trans­la­tion is by his long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor Mark Fried. In dozens of care­fully wrought es­says and mus­ings, Galeano ad­dresses pol­i­tics, so­cial ills, na­ture, and a wealth of other top­ics in tones rang­ing from pointed to sub­lime to witty. In “Danger,” he ex­plains that choco­late, an an­cient drink of Mex­i­can In­di­ans, was once con­sid­ered bad for one’s di­ges­tive health and a cause of melan­choly. “It was also sus­pected of abet­ting sin,” he writes. “Bishop Bernardo de Salazar ex­com­mu­ni­cated the ladies who drank choco­late dur­ing mass. They did not give up the vice.”

His­to­rian Este­van Rael-Galvez em­cees a cel­e­bra­tion of Galeano’s life and work at 6:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Feb. 8, at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988-4226). Rael-Galvez and other artists and writ­ers read selec­tions from Galeano’s oeu­vre, in­clud­ing Hunter of Sto­ries. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.col­lect­ed­works­book­

— J.L.

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