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Geburten (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
paperback, 368 pages
Published 1989 by Peter Hammer Verlag (first published 1982)
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This 1982 book was stunning to me, the compelling way Galeano distills some turning points in Latin American history into visions and vignettes that march through pre-Columbian creation myths and the decades from the end of the 15th century to 1700. Two other volumes apply the same treatment from then up to modern times. Wikipedia tells me that Galeano, who died in 2015, was a leftist Uruguayan journalist and essayist who is respected for his 1971 historical critique of colonialism, “Open Veins ...more
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
Sarah saied
مولانا غاليانو...حكاء أمريكا اللاتينية الأعظم...في الجزء الأول من ثلاثية عن التاريخ...تاريخ البشرية كما لم يروي من قبل..
بسم الله..فلنبدأ..
علمونا عن الماضي بطريقة جعلتنا نستكين الي الحاضر بضمائر جافة. لا لنصنع التاريخ الذي صنع سابقا .بل لكي نقبله..توقف التاريخ المسكين عن التنفس. تمت خيانته في النصوص الأكاديمية. كذب عليه في المدارس. أغرق بالتواريخ. سجنوه في المتاحف ودفنوه تحت أكاليل الورود ووراء تماثيل برونزية ورخام تذكاري.
جردت أمريكا اللاتينية طوال قرون
Ηλίας Α.
Feb 27, 2016 Ηλίας Α. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1511 – Γιάρα

Σε αυτά τα μαρτυρικά νησιά, πολλοί είναι εκείνοι που διαλέγουν το θάνατό τους: κρεμιούνται ή πίνουν δηλητήριο μαζί με τα παιδιά τους. Είναι μια εκδίκηση για την οποία οι κατακτητές δεν μπορούν να κάνουν τίποτα, αλλά έχουν βρει την εξήγηση: οι Ινδιάνοι είναι αγριάνθρωποι, λέει ο Οβιέδο, άτομα εκ φύσεως οκνηρά και ακόλαστα, που δεν αγαπούν την εργασία…, και όλα τα έχουν κοινά. Πολλοί από αυτούς δηλητηριάστηκαν πρόθυμα, προκειμένου να αποφύγουν την εργασία, ενώ άλλοι απαγχονίστηκα
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
Nov 01, 2010 Madeleine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Aug 09, 2013 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 07, 2011 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Shaimaa Ali
صعبة .. متعبة
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,
Jan 23, 2008 Schuyler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 01, 2012 Amal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"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"
ahmed Eid
غاليانو يؤرخ اغتصابات البشر للبشر ،
أعجبني الفصل الأول أكثر لما به من خيال جامح و صور جمالية منتقاة بعناية.
May 25, 2014 Rakib_khan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Maria Beltrami
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
Mar 13, 2013 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-school
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
dedeh  handayani
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
Mar 05, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rob Prince
Aug 18, 2009 Rob Prince rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 29, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Noor Abd-alhadi
Jan 27, 2017 Noor Abd-alhadi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هذه الملحمة الحية والحافلة بالتفاصيل والصدق هي الصوت الصادق لتاريخ كان يشير غاليانو بأن طريقة تدريسه تجعله أجوف وبائس ما يجعلنا نستكين للحاضر بضمائر جافة فكانت هذه الملحمة الصادقة والحافلة بالصخب والحياة والتي تضعنا في مواجهة مع الضمير الإنساني.. فأية أهداف وغايات هذه التي تجعل من كرامة البشر تجارة ومن امتهان خصوصيتهم والعبث بمصيرهم هدفا أسمى .. هي بالفعل ذاكرة النار .. النار التي أحرقت حضارة شعوب ونهبت أرضهم لا يحدد الكاتب ما إذا كان الكتاب ينتمي إلى الرواية أو المقالة أو الملحمة التاريخية أو غ ...more
Ryan Erlbaum
Aug 19, 2007 Ryan Erlbaum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 15, 2012 Scotch rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm all for semi-experimental, fragmented narratives, but I ended up being desperate for something to hold into and carry me through these bits of history. I gave up halfway through. I appreciate the complication of history, but felt it was lacking in something. Or maybe I was lacking a bit in historical context.
Aug 09, 2008 Mira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this years ago when it first came out, along with the others in this series. I just re-read parts of it again---a beautiful and poignant book that navigates the history of the Americas and colonialism through myth, legend, and indigenous narrative.
Apr 27, 2009 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Yaser Maadat
رحلة في عالم جميل صنعه تاريخ غير مدون او "ممحي" اقرب ما يكون الى السحر يقابله عالم منحط مصطنع مغتصب و مستعبد يحكى تاريخه بلسان الغزاة،يحاول غاليانو تخيل ذلك العالم الجميل و تحدي هذا العالم المظلم عبر اعادة كتابة تاريخه من وجهة نظر المغتصب المذبوح على محراب الملوك و الآلهة البيضاء!
Jun 10, 2013 Luis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is poetic history, not everything is accurate but it captures the spirit of Natives and their cosmology in beautiful and dense short stories.
Nov 19, 2009 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2008 Antonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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.

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Memoria del fuego (3 books)
  • Faces and Masks (Memory of Fire, #2)
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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.”
“Cuando terminó el largo abrazo, un aroma espeso, de flores y frutas, invadió el aire. De los cuerpos, que yacían juntos, se desprendían vapores y fulgores jamás vistos, y era tanta su hermosura que se morían de vergüenza los soles y los dioses.” 1 likes
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