[Venas abiertas de America Latina, English]. Open veins of Latin America: five centuries or the pillage of a continent / Eduardo Galeano ; translated by Cedric. Open Veins of Latin America has ratings and reviews. .com// 05/24/books/?_r=0. Classics corner: Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo GaleanoIf he needs a primer on his southern neighbours, Obama could do worse.

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This is not a history text and it reads like a novel. The first world is the social democrat and dedicated activist, who is particularly concerned by the wrath of economic inequality in the world and how it is perpetuated by capitalism.

Hence it is not surprising, but a bit disappointing, that no mention is made of Liberation Theology, which was emerging in the s throughout Latin America. I have so much more to read, so much more to learn. Archived from the original on April 20, This book has left me with a complicated bundle of thoughts, and they seem to still transcend the pleasant shaping of words and punctuation into sentences, and sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into something that communic For the past month I have been collecting my thoughts and writing them out and putting them into paragraphs and shaping those paragraphs into a longer article of some sort.

And clearly immigration to America took a far different path in the North than in the South. Impassioned and lucid, Galeano is a knowledgeable guide through a shameful history of foreign exploitation.

That is over four hundred years of history, covering an entire continent and more of exploitation, tossing in a bit of the history of two other continents as well, and attempting to explain the driving narrative or challenge of millions upon millions of lives – past and contemporary – in the process. Footnotes are lacking for a st Eduardo Galeano passionately recounts the horrific events of the last 7 centuries in Latin America.

They fear his eloquence, but their attempt to invalidate the book through misdirection, using the threadbare histrionics of anti-communism, failed.


Then smaller countries that try to resist free trade in their own interests, as developed countries had once done get pegged as socialist and get ostracized and undermined. The consequences of a systematic effort by the powers of the world to strip away the richness of this continent, its cultures, its peoples, in an effort to destabilize veinss politically, financially, and geographically, and reap all of the benefits.

What happened with the huge profits derived from natural resources in the continent? He has a strong opinion about the past, opem is undeniable, and refreshing in its way.

Feb 16, Todd rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 04, Jose Moa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Well, we’ve got to see one by one and a pattern clearly emerges, and that is the linking thread of the book. But when imperialism begins exalting its own virtues we should take a look in our pockets.

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano

You can learn how tin was extracted from Bolivia’s mines in what were essentially slavery conditions just to produce one of the top 10 tycoons in the world at the time.

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The author himself has proclaimed his obsession as a writer saying, “I’m a writer obsessed with remembering, with remembering the past of America above all and above all that of Latin America, intimate land condemned to amnesia. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. So much has happened since then such as Iran-Contra and our suppression of the revolution in Nicaragua; or NAFTAbut none of the events would change the story. They had their accomplishments, indeed, but they were warlike, practiced human sacrifice, and enslaved other tribes.

An indispensable, albeit controversial, book to understand Latin America.

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Now, jokes aside, some parts of the book are written in a rather loud tone which many will consider is borderline on propaganda but let me suggest to the adventurous reader to just ignore that and delve into An indispensable, albeit controversial, book to understand Latin America. Eduardo Galeano was a Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist. This book, written more than thirty years ago, ameriica profound lessons for contemporary India. But nothing has yet coalesced into a thing I would call a review, or even a passable reflection.


One of the best books ever written for a general audience The North, as Galeano calls us fortunate ones, has been a cruel mistress, a wrestling partner who is infinitely stronger, and its weight bears down on this place. I think of this as a story, rather than history.

This really whet my appetite to learn more about Latin American history. I was advised that it was just rant or left-wing rant, but decided to see for myself. The author himself has proclaimed his ob Eduardo Galeano was a Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist.

Memory of Fire, Volume 1 To this end, Galeano is known as a historian-poet, or a poet-historian. The nobodies, who are not worth the bullet that kills them. When the author does discuss the church in Latin American history, it is an accessory to the crimes. And we all have opinions about our lives, of course, and many of us develop opinions about the lives that we see around us as well, be them informed or ignorant.

The current edition was published in with a foreward by Isabel Allende. Galeano also takes care to mention the many uprisings and resistance fighters and the violence they were met with, and also success stories like Cuba.

Guilty consciences are ths relieved of the need for alibis, for no one is guilty: Then smaller count A history of the exploitation of Latin America since the arrival of Europeans.

I do not quibble for a moment about the horrors of early Spanish colonization.