Genesis (Memory of Fire, #1)
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Genesis (Memoria del fuego #1)

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"From pre-Columbian creation myths and the first European voyages of discovery and conquest to the Age of Reagan, here is 'nothing less than a unified history of the Western Hemisphere... recounted in vivid prose.'"--The New Yorker

A unique and epic history, Eduardo Galeano's Memory of Fire trilogy is an outstanding Latin American eye view of the making of the New World. Fr...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published June 17th 1998 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published 1982)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Four hundred forty-four (444) ratings, 48 reviews, GR average rating: 4.40. I was almost sure this is artificial. Maybe Eduardo Hughes Galeano has many friends, Latin American friends. How can a book possibly get an average rating of 4.40 from almost 450 readers? Could this not be the champion of all GR-rated books?

No. Memory of Fire is a trilogy. The second book, Memory of Fire: Faces and Masks is even more eye-popping: 274 ratings, 12 reviews, 4.51 GR average rating.

You might say nothing can g...more
Hemdan Ahmed
لا أدري اذا كان الكتاب الذي يحتاج الى قائمة طويلة من الكتب و المراجع و الخرائط و المعاجم لمعرفة ما جاء فيه و تتبع معلوماته و اراؤه ، اقول لا ادري اذا كانت تلك ميزة أم عيب ؟!!؛
لا يمكن فهم هذا الجزء من الذاكرة دون القراءة مسبقا في تاريخ الهنود الحمر و ما يُسمى بعصر الاكتشافات و ارجح مبدئيا كتاب فتح امريكا لتزفيتان تودروف لقرائته قبل الشروع فى قراءة هذا الجزء من الذاكرة الذي ينتهي بوفاة تشارلز الثاني ملك اسبانيا و اخر اجيال "المكتشفين"؛

جاليانو هو صوت النار و الساخر الأعظم من تاريخ المنتصرين ، مؤرخ...more
عبد الحميد بوحسين
هل أنا من سلالة الهنود الحمر؟ بدات اعتقد ذلك،هذا الهوس بثقافتهم و بالمحو العنيف للتاريخ للروح للحضارة الذي لم يبق لنا الا القليل من نفحاتها
لماذا أحلم بكابوس مريع كلما قرأت عن إبادتهم؟
أو ربما يجب أن يكون السؤال على الشكل التالي لماذا لا أحلم بالكابوس ؟
هنا في هذا الكتاب الخارج عن قانون الأجناس لأدبية ( ليسا تاريخا،أو مجموعة قصص ،ليس شعرا ..و إن كان يدمج كل هذه الأجناس ليعيد كتابة تاريخ هنود أمريكا اللاتينية منذ كولمبوس و تلك السنة المشؤومة 1492 و حتى نهاية القرن السابع عشر ليتابع المسيرة في الجزئي...more
Adam
A beautiful book that exist in the strange ground between Howard Zinn”s People’s History and Borges’s Brief History of Infamy. It featured the rage and the unpeeling of the veneer of nostalgia and romance of history of the former and the irony, pocket novels, morbid humor of the latter. This is not a scholarly or popular history though the author does show his research, but more in the realm of epic poem and Borges, a savage and beautiful book. I can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy.
Madeleine
Yes.

I fell in love with history the second I got out of high school and realized how much of history is a story of people struggling against oppression and injustice. Struggling for democracy and equality. Struggling to make a better world...those born oppressed and those born oppressor, together.

Colonialism is as much the story of those who fought back as the story of those who "won." America* is as much the story of its Indigenous nations as the story of its first undocumented** immigrants. As...more
David
First, I am white and second, the history I know about Latin America Is depressing in what we did to the natives. I am sorry for this. Reading this book, told in small segments or stories reinforced what the Europeans did to the Americans, was just painful. I started in earnst but after awhile it was shelved for anything happier. It took me about four months to read and was glad to finish it. One of those books that I am glad its out there but the guilt for being white is too painful.
Rakib_khan
First things first, I got this book from NetGalley, so thank you netgalley and Open Road Integrated Media for this opportunity.
Very rarely do I come across such awesome works of art that I find myself unworthy of reviewing. 'Genesis' by Eduardo Galeano, which is volume one of his Memory of Fire is definitely one such work of literature. It is a novel of the history of a continent, of a great many people who have been wronged so much, yet sadly they were wronged by some fellow human beings. It is...more
Zianour
"لست مؤرخاً، أنا كاتب يحب أن يساهم في إنقاذ الذاكرة المخطوفة لكل أمريكاوخصوصاً لأمريكا اللاتينية،الأرض المحتقرة والمحبوبة : أحب أن اتحدث معها ، أن اتقاسم أسرارها ، أن أسألها من أي صلصال شاق ولدت ومن أية (...)اغتصابات جاءت

-أنشودة كوزكو-

رغبت لامة
ان يكون لها شعر ذهبي
متألقاً كالشمس
قوياً كالحب
وناعماً كالضباب
يحله الفجر
لينسج ضفيرة
يعلم عليها
عقدة بعد عقدة
الأقمار التي تعبر
والأزهار التي تذبل"
Schuyler
I'm not going to use the word 'boring' because my father says that 'boring' or 'boredom' is a word that intellectually lazy people use, that in fact you're not actually bored, but just not properly describing your state of mind/opinion, and that you should probably just go outside and play or turn down the thermostat in your room because, apparently, cold temperatures 'build character'. Or something like that. I will say that this book didn't hold my attention, for the following reasons: basical...more
dedeh
May 27, 2013 dedeh marked it as to-read
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The Indians Say:

"The land has an owner? How's that? How is it to be sold? How is it to be bought? If it does not belong to us, well, what? We are of it. We are its children. So it is always, always. The land is alive. As it nurtures the worms, so it nurtures us. It has bones and blood. It has milk, and gives us suck. It has hair, grass, straw, trees. It knows how to give birth to potatoes. It brings to birth houses. It brings to birth people. It looks after us and we look after it. It drinks ch...more
Rob Prince
The first of the `Memory of Fire' trilogy, which taken together make up Galeano's modern history of Latin America - a mosaic of historical moments carefully put together, well researched and quite moving. About as good as history gets. Taken in its entirety the series is a never ending - mostly painful journey of Latin America's struggle to define its own future. The political critique is quite accurate and not overdone. Very painful stuff.
This first volume starts with native legends - fantasti...more
Fred
An excellent piece of work. Probably the most interesting element for me connects the brutality of the various European powers through their religious justifications - a graphic demonstration that to the original inhabitants, Catholic or Protestant meant very little difference indeed. Correctly situates gold at the heart of the colonial experience, and further in time to the continuing profits gained via slave labor.
Ian McDonald's SF novel Brasyl forms a nice companion piece; the two together...more
Chris
Copy via Netgalley and Open Road


This is a book you are either going to love or going to hate. There really is no in-between. And you wouldn’t know until you have read at least a quarter or more of it.
Genesis is the story of the Americas, in particular South America, and the invasion of it by the Europeans, mostly the Spanish in this book. The story is conveyed via the use of small, short mini stories. Some of these stories are creation myths of First Peoples, some are the views of the Incas, M...more
Ryan Erlbaum
The Memory of Fire Trilogy is beautifully written, ironic, funny, sad, unbelievable, historical, and I will read this series over and over. For those who dislike history, check this out- history isn't dead, according to Galeano- it's alive: breathing, twisting, forming our ideas about the present- it's uplifting and brutal, often for those who have no voice- Galeano gives them a voice with this trilogy, presenting Latin American/world history from the views of those on the periphery.
Joe
A llama wished
to have golden hair,
brilliant as the sun,
strong as love
and soft as the mist
that the dawn dissolves,
to weave a braid
on which to mark,
knot by knot,
the moons that pass,
the flowers that die.

- Ballad of Cuzco
علی
این اثر گاله آنو اتفاقی به دستم افتاد، هنوز هم تمام نکرده ام. اما دو سه سال پیش یادداشتی در مورد گاله آنو (گالیانو) در جایی دیگر نوشته ام
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Antonia
i am hungry for all of his books . i think i may have them all, not sure, but i love to return to him again and again. he is a sane voice in the midst of an insane world.
Aidan Watson-Morris
falls just shy of exceptional, but is still worth it.
Susan
This is the first book of a trilogy that contains a palette of writings from several hundred sources woven together to form a tapestry of (mainly Latin) American history. This volume covers the first two centuries of the conquest as well as what little remains of pre-Columbian sources. Like any anthology, the hue and design of the tapestry come from the hand of the weaver. Galeano provides a plethora of evidence that terrorism lies at the heart of this history. The tale he reveals is a horror st...more
Russ
I'm not sure what type of reader is ideal for this book. Following the fragmented narrative and leaps to different parts of Latin America seems to require a lot of familiarity with certain people and events. I found myself frequently stopping to do some research online. On the other hand, I can see this as a good thing about the book. It led me to discover a lot of fascinating characters in Latin American history. The book offered interesting little scenes and images, some more from local legend...more
Bethany
This is on my "for school" shelf, but really, we only had to read the first 65 pages for school. I continued because it is such a fabulous book, and I don't regret it, even if it did take me all semester. It was well worth the time it took to get through it, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

It reads almost like a book of poems, or at least that's how I read it. It's like a mosaic of small snapshots that, put together, tell a horror story. It's like reading a scrapbook through pictures. It's abso...more
Suzanne Moore
Genesis is the first in a trilogy about Latin American history. This first book begins with creation stories and goes through to 1700AD. It was chronicled in short chapters, more like passages. I didn't read this seriously or research points of interest. I read a little every night before going to sleep. The details didn't stick with me, but I did learn a few things.

In stories told by the first voices, I read about the origin of love ... learned from monkeys in the Amazonian jungle. Monkeys! No...more
Erik
Eduardo Galeano's first book of the memorable Memory of Fire Trilogy brings mythology and history together to give a compelling and altogether magnificent and heart-wrenching account of the pre-colonial and early colonial era in Latin America. Drawing from 227 sources, Galeano weaves together a blend of stuccato passages about particular events that signified what he felt were the most salient moments of Latin American history. With all the colour and life of a photography book, the cutting anal...more
Beth
Really wasn't sure I would like this book when I read the description. I wasn't sure I was up for a three volume history of the Americas in the guise of literature. But I ended up enjoying it and really looking forward to the next 2 volumes of the series (which I won't get to right away, since they make good Uruguay entries in Worldwide reading challenges and am saving for that purpose). The book is made up of small vignettes in chronological order based on records of tribal life/myth and then o...more
Brian
With the skills of a historian, journalist and poet, Eduardo Galeano kicks of his masterful "Memory of Fire" trilogy with "Genesis."

Others have compared this series to John Dos Passos' "newsreels," and it's a valid reference; but I prefer to approach this as a collection of prose poems. Each volume of "Memory of Fire" is made up of hundreds of datelined vignettes that rarely exceed a page. Meticulously researched, they offer a beautiful, rich account of the Americas from prehistory through the 1...more
Gabriel Oak
The book is a narrative retelling of the first two centuries of American history after European-Indian first contact. America as in the Americas, not just the United States. Galeano has mined and appropriated hundreds of sources, and the narrative proceeds in fragments of 1-2 pages. A dialogue between Sor Juana and her confessor here, a description of Cabeza de Vaca re-encountering European civilization there. The effect is hypnotic, beautiful, and (inasmuch as the early history of America is r...more
Scott
Amazing piece of work. The first of a trilogy, Genesis is an inventive narrative history of the Americas. Beginning with aboriginal myths & legends and working through European colonization until 1700, it covers every place from the frigid Alaskan coast to the southern tip of Argentina, with great emphasis on the Caribbean, Peru & Brazil. In short, powerful glimpses, Galeano brings the reader into the minds of the heroes, villains, conquerors, victims, and "average" people of the America...more
John Gordon
"Memorias del fuego - Los Nacimientos" es la primera parte de la trilogía antología de la historia de América Latina. Inglés es mi lengua materna, por lo tanto demoré varios meses para leer este libro pero fue posible por la estructura. El libro está compuesto de cientos de viñetas de fuentes diferentes cuidadosamente elegidos por el autor para describir la historia en una manera personal.
Empieza con los mitos antes la conquista y continúa hasta el año 1700, me sentí emotivo cuando leí como sufr...more
Dale
I really wanted to like this book, because I was so impressed by Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America. But Genesis is exactly the kind of book that I find really annoying. It's intended as a kind of mosaic of the history of the first 200 years of European conquest of the Americas, so it consists of roughly one page vignettes: various native American creation myths and other stories, brief episodes in the lives of the conquerors, excerpts from letters, and on and on.

I just can't get interested i...more
Emily
Excellent - essentially a reduction of thousands of myths, oral and written histories, and news reports about the Americas - this book traces the development of North and South America from the foundation of the world through the seventeenth century. The following two volumes will take us up right up into the 80's, the dreadful period of military rule, civilian massacre, the complicity of the United States in the murder of tens of thousands - hundreds of thousands? - of dissidents like the write...more
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Eduardo Galeano is a Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist. His best known works are Memoria del fuego (Memory of Fire Trilogy, 1986) and Las venas abiertas de América Latina (Open Veins of Latin America, 1971) which have been translated into twenty languages and transcend orthodox genres: combining fiction, journalism, political analysis, and history.

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“El sacrilegio (1946)
Bartolomé Colón, hermano y lugarteniente de Cristóbal, asiste al incendio de carne humana.
Seis hombres estrenan el quemadero de Haití. EL humo hace toser. Los seis están ardiendo por castigo y escarmiento: han hundido bajo tierra las imágenes de Cristo y la Virgen que fray Ramón Panè les había dejado para su protección y consuelo. Fray Ramón les había enseñado a orar de rodillas, a decir Avemaría y Paternóster y a invocar el nombre de Jesús ante la tentación, la lastimadura y la muerte.
Nadie les ha preguntado por qué enterraron las imágenes. Ellos esperaban que los nuevos dioses fecundaran las siembras de maíz, yuca, boniatos y fríjoles.
El fuego agrega calor al calor húmedo, pegajoso, anunciador de lluvia fuerte.”
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