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The Memory of Fire Trilogy: Genesis, Faces and Masks, and Century of the Wind

(Memoria del fuego)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Now in one collection, the century-spanning trilogy filled with “the wonders of the lands and people of Latin America” (The Washington Post).

Eduardo Galeano’s Memory of Fire Trilogy defies categorization—or perhaps creates its own. It is a passionate, razor-sharp, lyrical history of North and South America, from the birth of the continent’s indigenous peoples through the
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Published April 29th 2014 by Open Road Media (first published January 1st 1988)
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Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Part 1 (Myths):
I really enjoyed these myths. Starting with the beginning of time, earth and man, these myths build to the creation of various flora, fauna and human traits over time; from "the creation" to the dreams/premonitions of "men wearing clothes".
Some of these myths & stories are familiar: the flood and the Orpheus & Eurydice, for example. The world is a small place; we all have similar stories.
I highly recommend this section of this series. (5-star)

Part 2 (Old New World)
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Memory of Fire: Genesis

This was kind of a classic of Latin American lit in the 1980s. Galeano is an Uruguayan journalist and novelist who was persecuted by the dictatorships in Uruguay and Argentina during the 1970s. His other books include Days and Nights of Love and War and Open Veins of Latin America (which was banned in Argentina). Memory of Fire is a trilogy including: Genesis, Faces and Masks, and Century of the Wind. It is an epic prose poem covering Latin American history that defies eas
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I don't know much about South American history, what I've learned has come from books on the 1001 lists.
Memory of fire starts before the arrival of the spanish and continues to the 1980's with short entries descibing things that have occurred in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Brazil etc. There are characters who crop up repeatedly, some famous and infamous.
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! A lot to talk about this book, he has done a lot of research on topics that doesn't appear in history books, but paints in a fascinating way a cruel epoch of the American continent. ...more
Eduardo Galeano was a was an Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist considered, a literary giant of the Latin American left". In this work of fiction that reads like history and is history the author presents the history of America (Canada, US, Mexico, Central, and South America in this trilogy The Memory of Fire that covers the time period of the 1500s to 1984. I especially enjoyed book 1 and 2 which covers up to 1900s. The latter, more recent history was interesting to explore from the pers ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esta obra incluye las tres partes:
Los Nacimientos (5/5)
Las Caras y máscaras (3.8/5)
El siglo del viento (4.8/5)

La primera parte es maravillosa con leyendas prehispánicas de toda Latinoamérica recontadas bajo la pluma de Galeano. La segunda parte estuvo so-so comparada con la anterior. La tercera repunta siendo un anecdotario moderno muy interesante.

En fin, disfrutable totalmente.

I have spent the last 30 or so years citing the trilogy that makes up Memory of Fire recalling a comment in (I remembered) the third part – ‘Century of the Wind’ – along the lines that democracy is often confused with an electoral ritual. I’d read the trilogy just after they came out in English in the late 1980s and this comment really struck me. Earlier this year I wanted to quote it in a piece I was writing but knew I hadn’t a full citation, passed it over and headed back into the book so I ha ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a trilogy of Latin American History in the form of a episode per year or so from pre-history/myth then 1492-1700; 1701-1900 and 1901-1986. I read it as a form of fiction and literature rather than history book; not so much because it was poorly researched or otherwise magical realism but because the so much history in so little a volume across such vast area meant the author had to chose an engaging style, merging a 'sense' of time/place/people to the point where one was merged into an u ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The three volumes of this work are a revelation. Galeaono writes a series of vignettes which span the whole history of the Americas from stories of creation to 1984. He concentrates particularly on Central and South America and the treatment of indigenous peoples by colonial forces and U.S. imperialism, but the United States gets some coverage and Canada hardly at all. Because his stories are written in the present tense the tales they tell are immediate, fascinating and beautifully written. Thi ...more
Catinca Ogrutan
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I did not want to finish this book...that's why I dragged it on as much as possible, about 10 years...
This is the origin of my love for South America, for Marques, Isabel Allende as well as Cesaria Evora and Compay Segundo.
My veins have South American blood flowing through them.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pour que les ouvriers soient de plus en plus dociles et leur travail de moins en moins payé, les pays pauvres ont besoin de légions de bourreaux, de tortionnaires, d'inquisiteurs... ...more
Andre Abukawa
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Não consegui terminar a leitura. Muitos dados históricos, da America Latina pré colombiana (até onde li).
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's just as brilliant the second time. ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amazing, poetic history of Latin America.
Jean Rockfort
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mémoire du feu raconte l'histoire populaire d'un continent qui fut pendant des siècles conquis, ravagé, pillé, violé, massacré. C'est l'histoire de celles et ceux qui se sont battus courageusement contre les conquistadores, les dictatures militaires et autres "combattants de la liberté" états-uniens.
De l'époque précolombienne à 1985 c'est une mosaïque de portraits héroïques qui est à l'honneur:
Le peuple.
Alvaro Alcocer Sotil
Publicada entre 1982 y 1986, se compone de los títulos Los nacimientos (1982), Las caras y las máscaras (1984) y El siglo del viento (1986).
La trilogía cuenta la historia de América Latina, desde la creación del mundo hasta nuestros días. Cada tomo está ordenado cronológicamente
Jeroen Scheerder
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Haunting, riveting, mesmerizing. I wish I'd never read it, so I could read it again for the first time. ...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

Other books in the series

Memoria del fuego (3 books)
  • Genesis (Memory of Fire, #1)
  • Faces and Masks (Memory of Fire, #2)
  • Century of the Wind (Memory of Fire, #3)

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