A celebration of author Eduardo Galeano’s life and work
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.collectedworksbookstore.com.