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The Global Game: Writers on Soccer
The world’s most popular sport, soccer, is also one of the planet’s prevalent cultural expressions, celebrated and debated as an art form, observed with ritual and passion. Thus it has inspired literary efforts of every sort, from every corner of the globe, by women and men. The writings gathered in this volume reflect the universal and infinitely varied ways in which socc ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Bison Books
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i think you have to be really into soccer to get much out of this book. but i happen to be really into soccer :) surprisingly, the pieces by the super well-known people i found less compelling, and i really liked several essays/stories by folks i've never heard of. my main gripe with this anthology is that most of the articles are simply too short. they end just as they are becoming interesting. it makes for good quick reads here and there, but is somewhat unsatisfying. eduardo galleano's piece ...more