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Las venas abiertas de América Latina

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  8,599 Ratings  ·  622 Reviews
Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social & cultural narrative of the highest quality, & perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx. Rather than chronology, geography or political succession ...more
Paperback, 470 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Siglo XXI Ediciones (first published 1971)
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Becca In an interview with Juan Gonzales of Democracy Now!, he addresses this claim. Speaking of his book Open Veins, Galeano says:
"My style has changed a…more
In an interview with Juan Gonzales of Democracy Now!, he addresses this claim. Speaking of his book Open Veins, Galeano says:
"My style has changed a lot. Now I write in a very different way, but I’m not repentant of it, no estoy arrepentido, not at all, not a single comma, not a single period.
And I think it may be a useful book, yes, to understand how richness and poverty are intimately connected, and also freedom and slavery are intimately connected. And so, there are no richness really innocent of any poverty, and there are no freedom that hasn’t—nothing to do to be with slavery." (less)

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Allen B. Lloyd
Sep 14, 2010 Allen B. Lloyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez presented President Obama with a copy of Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America during a summit meeting in 2009 the intellectually gouty noise machine of the bourgeoisie began to flap its collective jowls, calling the gift an insult to America, and Obama's acceptance of it a sign of his acquiescence to communist influences. The truths contained in the gift were essentially ignored by the right-wind punditry, because truth and history have no place in ...more
Apr 02, 2013 Víctor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuando era niño le pregunté a mis padres por qué México era más pobre que los Estados Unidos. Me explicaron que el calor hacía a la gente más perezosa y que en Europa y Estados Unidos, la gente es más trabajadora, logrando un mejor nivel de vida después de varias generaciones.

Mucho tiempo después, después de mucha indoctrinación, llegué a creer que lo que requeríamos era un golpe de estado al estilo chileno, para avanzar como sociedad.

Luego me percaté que todas esas respuestas eran simplemente n
Mar 31, 2010 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book out of curiosity—and interest in Latin America. I was advised that it was just rant or left-wing rant, but decided to see for myself. I came away with this as the main idea: “in Latin America, free enterprise is incompatible with civil liberties” as Galeano says in his commentary on the book in an afterward. The book catalogues the exploitation of “the people” —usually the indigenous people—by South American oligarchies and by their European and North American affiliates.
It’s ce
فهد الفهد
الشرايين المفتوحة لأمريكا اللاتينية

كتب غاليانو كتابه هذا في السبعينات، ليفضح من خلاله ما تعرضت وما تتعرض له القارة الأمريكية الجنوبية من احتلال واستغلال مستمرين، منذ الاكتشاف والاستيطان الأوروبي وحتى أزمنة الهيمنة الأمريكية، كيف يتم سحق شعوب المنطقة لرفاهية الإسبان والبرتغاليين، ومن ثم الإنجليز والأمريكان، الكتاب مهم جداً في كشف الحالة الاستعمارية المباشرة أو الخفية، ربما لهذا أهداه تشافيز لباراك أوباما عندما التقاه بعد انتخابه، مما جعل الكتاب يتصدر المبيعات لفترة.
The best Latin American history book on earth! "The most heartening response came not from the book pages in the press but from real incidents in the streets. The girl who was quietly reading Open Veins to her companion in a bus in Bogotá, and finally stood up and read it aloud to all the passengers. The woman who fled from Santiago in the days of the Chilean bloodbath with this book wrapped inside her baby’s diapers. The student who went from one bookstore to another for a week in Buenos Aires’ ...more
One of the best books ever written for a general audience...period. This guy writes fiction likes it's non-fiction and non-fiction likes it's fiction. He blends in and out better than anyone I know of. What beauty, what poetry, what defiance, what anger, what celebration, what satire, what humour. Sheer brilliance. Oh, and he does his research too.

Recommended related readings: Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Exterminate All the Brutes, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, The Wretched of the Eart
Nov 08, 2013 Jaber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
عدد الكتب التي تنتجها البشرية في كل عام خرافي جدا ، لكنها قليلة تلك الكتب التي وبمجرد ان تقلب صفحاتها الأولى ستعرف بسهولة أنك امام عمل عظيم ، بل امام عمل سيغيّر لك حياتك .
الشرايين المفتوحة لامريكا اللاتينية ، اكثر من مجرد كتاب ، وهذا الكلام ليس من باب إطلاق النعوت الفارغ من المضمون ، فهذا الكتاب يصلح أن يكون مانفستو للتغيير وللثورة ، وهو بحق تاريخ مضاد .
"ينتج شعب البيرو دقيق سمك ، غنيا جدا بالبروتينات ، من اجل أبقار الولايات المتحدة وأوروبا ، لكن البروتينات غائبة عن موائد أغلب البيروفيين ، فيم
Mar 07, 2009 Tucker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Eduardo Galeano passionately recounts the horrific events of the last 7 centuries in Latin America. I am neither a history buff nor Latino insider, so I discovered quite a bit, even as I concurrently traveled and experienced aspects of the region firsthand. It should be noted, however, that the author applies no science or organization to his storytelling. Facts are obviously molded for dramatic appeal (handpicking specific dates, excerpts from JFK speeches, etc.). Footnotes are lacking for a st ...more
Jose Moa
Apr 04, 2017 Jose Moa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, history
A fundamental book for understand the ,social, economic,cultural,scientific and politic condition of Latin America.
A absolutely must to read for everybody, in special all Latin America inhabitants.

Perhaps somebody in a near future will write : "The Open Veins of Africa : Two Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent"
Jan 30, 2017 Zanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an agonizingly lucid account of the of colonisation and depredation of a continent. Beginning with the continuing genocide of the native population, seguing into the advent of slavery and its replacement with hunger wages for the same back-breaking (or in the case of the mines, lung-destroying) “work” as the slaves were forced to carry out, and concluding with the neocolonial extraction of Latin American resources by the USA and Europe; whatever Latin America makes, he argues, its main e ...more
Hani Al-Kharaz
عندما زار الرئيس الفنزويلي الراحل هوغو تشافيز الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية عام ٢٠٠٩، اختار أن يهدي نسخة من هذا الكتاب للرئيس الأمريكي أوباما أمام عدسات الكاميرات التي سجلت الحرج البالغ والتوتر الذي أصاب أوباما وهو يتلقى هدية ضيفه. في اليوم التالي، قفزت مبيعات الكتاب في موقع أمازون الى المرتبة الثانية ضمن الكتب الأكثر مبيعاً.
من يقرأ الكتاب يدرك الرسالة السياسية المحكمة والذكية التي وجهها تشافيز لأوباما في هديته. فالكتاب يستعرض قصة استنزاف ثروات أمريكا اللاتينية من قبل الاستعمار أولاً والامبريالية
Amr Fahmy
Jan 22, 2012 Amr Fahmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
من أفضل الكتب التي قرأتها في حياتي على الإطلاق.. مزج عبقري بين التاريخ والصحافة والأدب والسياسة والاقتصاد. يمكنني القول إن هذا الكتاب هو بوابة أمريكا اللاتينية لمن يجهلها.. للأسف لم أعثر على الترجمة العربية لأستاذنا أحمد حسان.. وبالتالي اضطررت للقراءة باللغة الأصلية واستلزم ذلك مني وقتا أطول كي أنهي هذا الكتاب.. أرشحه بقوة لكل الأصدقاء بعيدا عن تقديمه كهدية من قبل شافيز لأوباما.
Sep 02, 2012 Mauricio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es lectura obligatoria para cualquier latinoamericano. Narra de una forma muy interesante la historia de nuestros países, escencial para entender porqué Latinoamérica nació pobre y sigue siendo pobre. Me gustó más la primera mitad del libro; la segunda es un poco pesada y la cantidad de datos es abrumadora.
John Gurney
Open Veins was a title in the Hugo Chavez Book Club; the Venezuelan strongman surprised President Barrack Obama with a copy in 2009. Open Veins was written by a novelist in the vivid prose of a novel and the history takes many liberties, making it more like historic fiction. On pg. 283, author Galeano cited Chilean dictator Pinochet leaving “30,000 dead”, which didn’t ring true to my memory. A quick check of Wikipedia shows “various reports and investigations claim that between 1,200 and 3,200 ...more
Sep 23, 2011 G RdM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Galeano has a unique gift for writing about historical events in Latin America. I have read it so many times that I might need to buy a new copy just because the book is so worn!!
I see how some might not appreciate his brutal honestly and his decision to point a finger directly at those who raped the lands of Latin America and took with them the precious resources to fuel their wars and greed. At the same time, those resources were flushed out of our continent with the blood of the indigenou
El Avestruz Liado
Apr 09, 2013 El Avestruz Liado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An indispensable, albeit controversial, book to understand Latin America. A work of impressive scope, essentially the history of a whole continent. Just not to confuse anyone about the ideological orientation of the author, the book is printed (at least in my edition) with a nice red cover.

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
Adrián Sánchez
Jan 27, 2014 Adrián Sánchez rated it did not like it
Me tomó más tiempo del que pensé en leer el libro porque tuve que consultar artículos de muchos de los eventos históricos que describen aquí lo que me pareció en cierto modo entretenido, el ensayo me parece interesante cuando narra los hechos que sucedieron a partir de la explotación colona en Ámerica luego se convierte en una crítica más agresiva a los problemas socioeconómicos que ocurren en latinoamerica, que según Galeano, todos por culpa de los intereses Gringos e Ingleses, aunque no critic ...more
عبدالرحمن عقاب
ثلاث خواطر انتابتني وأنا أقرأ هذا الكتاب.
-ليته يجد من يكتب جزأه الثاني! أقصد منذ 1978 وحتى اليوم. فلقد تضاعف الفعل والأثر . والغريب أنّ كاتبه (غاليانو) لم يكتب ذلك الجزء رغم أنّه عاش حتى عام 2015!
-ليته يجد من يكتب مرآته! أقصد قصّة الأوروبيين مع الجهة الأخرى من العالم؛ الشرق والجنوب. فلا أظنّ أنّ الأمور سارت بشكلٍ أفضل هنا، بل لربما كانت أبشع.
-يستحقّ هذا الكتاب تحويله إلى فيلم وثائقي.
يروي الكتاب قصّة استغلال الأوروبيين ثم الأمريكيين الشماليين (أو لنقل العالم الأوّل "المتحضّر"! لبلاد وشعوب أميركا
Hammad Alhajri
May 25, 2016 Hammad Alhajri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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الشرايين المفتوحه لأمريكا اللاتينية
إدواردو غاليانو

يسعى غاليانو في هذا الكتاب أن يقدم للعالم سرداً لعمليات الأستعمار والنهب والأباده لشعوب أمريكا اللاتينية عبر مراحل تاريخية بدأ من الغزو البرتغالي والاسباني وكيف قاموا بأبادة الشعب الاصلي من الهنود الحمر وما سبب ذلك من انتشار تجارة العبيد وتهريب الذهب ،،
ومن بعدهم جاءت بريطانيا وفرنسا ليكملوا ما بدأوه البرتغاليين ، واخيرا قدمت لهم مملكة الشر الولايات المتحده الامريكيه وفرضت هيمنتها الامبرياليه على الدول اللاتينية ودعمت الدكتاتوريات العسكرية العميلة
Nicolás Rivas
Aug 19, 2015 Nicolás Rivas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este es el libro más triste que he leído en mi vida. Galeano no da respiro y muestra desnudos cada uno de los mil cachos demoniacos del ser humano. Cuán lejos llega la avaricia y el abuso de poder, como para mutilar a un continente entero por cientos de años. Aún vivimos en la selva, ahora escondida entre los grandes números, donde no hay piedad ni arrepentimiento. No se muestra escapatoria ni camino alguno, sólo queda llorar resignado.
May 06, 2009 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Hugo Chavez recently handed this book to Obama, I decided I'd better take a look. The 1997 edition, handily on the shelf in my library, includes a beautifully written foreword by Isabel Allende. This book (plus ODES by Pablo Neruda) were the two books Allende took with her when evacuating Chile after the 1973 coup. I'm learning much about the oppression, colonization, and economic exploitation of Latin America, and feeling fairly stunned that I never knew about this 1973 book.
Andrés Ponce de león Huerta
un libro que todo latinoamericano debe de leer.
James Klagge
A history of (the exploitation of) Latin America since the arrival of Europeans. The book was researched and written in the 1960s. So much has happened since then (such as Iran-Contra and our suppression of the revolution in Nicaragua; or NAFTA), but none of the events would change the story. It is a very long, sad, tragic story. Free trade comes only once restricted trade has allowed a country (the US, UK) to develop its own industries sufficiently to benefit from free trade. Then smaller count ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Fabiola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La única razón por la que le doy 4 estrellas es porque tuve que leerlo en dos semanas para una clase, y no es un libro que se lee en dos semanas, te agobia demasiado y tienes la sensación que si el libro no se acaba tú vas a ser el que termina con las venas abiertas, sin embargo es el trabajo mejor documentado sobre el desarrollo de América Latina que he encontrado, además está contado de una manera muy amena.
Este libro está para contestar la pregunta ¿Por qué Latinoamérica está como está? Y mos
Galeano is a Uruguayan journalist/writer who has written a magesterial three-volume expansion on this book since it was published in 1970. It is really a jarring read, especially if you're not familiar with how badly Latin America has been exploited by first Spain and Portugal, then the British Empire, and then the United States. Galeano is particularly critical of the imperial forces beyond the shores of Latin American that have bled it dry for 500 years, but he's also sharply critical of the " ...more
Neal Adolph
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. But nothing has yet coalesced into a thing I would call a review, or even a passable reflection. 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 ...more
Apr 20, 2015 EGe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Benim gibi latin kültürüne bu kadar ilgi duyan birinin es geçmemesi gereken bir kitaptı. Üzgünüm ki yazarı hayattayken okuyamadım... Daha sonrasında gelen 2009'daki çıkışını ve tepkilerini okuma fırsatım oldu. Üzerine epey yazılmış ve çizilmiş. Biraz dağınık bir şekilde anlatsa da, ülke ülke kim nerede ne yapmış anlatıyor. Hangi ülkenin sahip olduğu hangi tarımsal/maden güçten dolayı neler çektiğini bir bir anlatmış. Ama 2009'da eklemeden duramıyor "Bu kitabı yazdığımda dünyanın çarklarının nası ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Ivana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to write this in English, in hope that everyone will pick up this book (which has been translated into many languages) and read it. No, this isn't just a book about Latin America. This is a book about the world, our world, and how it came to be. You don't live in Latin America? You don't speak Spanish? In fact, you live in, say, Iceland? Doesn't matter- you will find a link between what Galeano writes, and you. You are a product, or better stated- a victim, of what he postulates in this b ...more
Edward Rathke
Jun 18, 2011 Edward Rathke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a powerful and important book. A thorough analysis of imperialism and colonialism in Latin America. He traces their history, not by region or chronology, but by the ways Latin America was bled dry by the Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English, and, finally and currently, the USA.

Galeano traces the influence of the natural resources that Latin America was blessed with, only to find this blessing their greatest curse and the source of these 500 years of exploitation. Gold, silver, cacao, cot
Francisco Viliesid
Del libro: p.294, "La ayuda funciona como el filántropo del cuento, que le había puesto una pata de palo a su chanchito, pero era porque se lo estaba comiendo de a poco". Otra: p. 295, "La caridad internacional no existe; empieza por casa, también para los Estado Unidos. La ayuda externa desempeña, en primer lugar, una función interna: la economía norteamericana se ayuda a sí misma". Otra más: p.337, "Ya Bolívar había afirmado, certera profecía, que los Estados Unidos parecían destinados por la ...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.

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“The Nobodies

Fleas dream of buying themselves a dog, and nobodies dream of escaping
poverty: that one magical day good luck will suddenly rain down on
them---will rain down in buckets. But good luck doesn't rain down
yesterday, today, tomorrow, or ever. Good luck doesn't even fall in a
fine drizzle, no matter how hard the nobodies summon it, even if their
left hand is tickling, or if they begin the new day with their right
foot, or start the new year with a change of brooms.

The nobodies: nobody's children, owners of nothing. The nobodies: the
no ones, the nobodied, running like rabbits, dying through life,
screwed every which way.

Who are not, but could be.
Who don't speak languages, but dialects.
Who don't have religions, but superstitions.
Who don't create art, but handicrafts.
Who don't have culture, but folklore.
Who are not human beings, but human resources.
Who do not have faces, but arms.
Who do not have names, but numbers.
Who do not appear in the history of the world, but in the police
blotter of the local paper.
The nobodies, who are not worth the bullet that kills them.”
“Our defeat was always implicit in the victory of others; our wealth has always generated our poverty by nourishing the prosperity of others - the empires and their native overseers. In the colonial and neocolonial alchemy, gold changes into scrap metal and food into poison.” 37 likes
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