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Genesis (Memoria del fuego #1)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  954 ratings  ·  87 reviews
"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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 17th 1998 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published 1982)
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Why do white people own so many pets? We're not allowed to own people anymore.

I got that off of the Internet.
Three years ago Governor William Berkeley could proudly remark: I thank God, there are no free schools nor printing, and I hope we shall not have either for a hundred years; for learning has brought disobedience and heresy, and sects into the world, and printing has divulged them.

-Yorktown, Virginia, 1674
I got that from this book, a prime target for trigger-happy literature banners the
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
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

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
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
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.
Review #17 of "Year of the Review All Read Books"

The Guaros, who live in the suburbs of Earthly Paradise, call the rainbow snake of necklaces and the firmament overhead sea. Lightning is glow of the rain. One’s friend, my other heart. The soul, sun of the breast. The owl, lord of the dark night. A walking cane is a permanent grandson; and for “I forgive,” they say I forget.

-Eduardo Galeano. Genesis

"Eduardo Hughes Galeano died today, Eduardo Hughes Galeano was a Latin Boom writer and journalist,
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.
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
"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"
Galeano starts off by reminding us this is a work of literature and not an anthology, and for this reason I'm not entirely sure how to review it. Firstly, because I don't entirely trust translations of literature, and secondly because I don't believe Galeano. As a literary work, the first volume in the Memory of Fire trilogy is astounding - its gut-wrenching vignettes and spiritually cohesive yet stylistically diverse journey is late 20th century prose at its finest, but as an anthology and as a ...more
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
May 27, 2013 dedeh marked it as to-read
Shelves: sejarah-dunia
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
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
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
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
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.
Maria Grazia
As the Bible begins with Genesis, this kind of Latin American Bible Galeano has written as a trilogy, entitled Memory of Fire, begins with a Genesis. The stories of the beginning of the world, the first man and the first woman, and the flood that killed the humanity, are strikingly similar to those we know, but then the story becomes cloudy, because it comes the time of the conquest and extermination. A radical extermination because of the Aztecs and the Incas, they tried to obliterate even the ...more
I did not read him until just before he died, an odd coincidence. I'm sorry it took me so long. Here, he provides a history of stupid brutality by Spanish invaders through small vignettes of historical moments in the early years, from conquistadores to colinistas, including the ignored objections of some church and political readers. No colonization by any country is free of brutality, but it's hard to imagine a breadth of pointless carnage carried out to this depth by any other European country ...more
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
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
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.
يفرد نسر الاستورياس جناحيه في سماء الهضبة المكسيكية محدقا من عليّ صوب قطعة من أرض أمست كالجحيم. لقد أضرمت الشمس لهيبها في جباه شعب الآنكي الذي تفرق فالقا أرضه التي كانت يوما تنبض بالغنى بحثا عن شرايين الفضة أو عروق الذهب. لا تميز من تبقى من زعمائهم من بقية الهنود فلقد قُتل كاأونابو، عٌذب آتاهوالبا، خفت ذكر هواسكار ولم يعد لمانكوآنكا وجود. لقد جفت جذور شجرة الغو، خبا بريق ألدرادو ونسيت عجوز المسايا طريق السهل بعد أن إعتكفت في فوهة البركان عقب وصول الغزاة. قُطعت أوصال أرضهم وصار لكل منها اسم ففي م ...more
Robbie Bruens
A tremendous and staggering tapestry of history, mythology, and imagination that surprises and provokes on nearly every page. Galeano invents a new creation myth for the Americas as they exist beneath our feet today. Even more impressive he has fashioned a new method of expressing a creation myth, an approach that I can't believe hasn't been imitated more often in the thirty years since this book's publication, so powerful it is as literature, entertainment, education. There are maybe too many h ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Eduardo Galeano was 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.

The author himself has proclaimed his ob
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Other Books in the Series

Memoria del fuego (3 books)
  • Faces and Masks (Memory of Fire, #2)
  • Century of the Wind (Memory of Fire, #3)
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent Soccer in Sun and Shadow The Book of Embraces Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone

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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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