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Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,820 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
In a series of mock lesson plans and a "program of study" Galeano provides an eloquent, passionate, funny and shocking exposé of First World privileges and assumptions. From a master class in "The Impunity of Power" to a seminar on "The Sacred Car"—with tips along the way on "How to Resist Useless Vices" and a declaration of the "The Right to Rave"—he surveys a world uneve ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 5th 2001 by Picador (first published 1998)
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Glenn Russell
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America, describing 500 years of brutalization and exploitation of the peoples, lands and resources of Latin America by Europeans and North Americans makes for tough reading. Upside Down, A Primer for the Looking-Glass World, on the other hand, takes hard-to-swallow subjects such as racism, sexism, corporate manipulation, government betrayal, workplace dehumanization, brainwashing of children, environmental poisoning, systematic jailing, torture and murder a
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
This goes on and on and on and on about what is wrong with the world today, and yesterday, and its grim prospects tomorrow, the seeming hopelessness of the future so that there was a point where I felt I couldn't take it anymore, shocked that I live in this planet, and looked at my two children as mistakes. I felt my whole being weakening, like I was in an onset of a fatal food poisoning that will lead to my death in a couple of hours.

A world turned upside down. A relentless, cruel oration expla
Nick Jonick
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ο Γκαλεάνο ειχε πει κάποτε σε συνέντευξή του: «Έχουμε κόψει τη μνήμη σε κομμάτια και γράφω προσπαθώντας να ανακτήσω την αληθινή μας μνήμη, τη μνήμη της ανθρωπότητας που είχε ακρωτηριαστεί από αλαζονεία, από ρατσισμό, από τον μιλιταρισμό και πολλούς άλλους «ισμούς», που σκότωσαν με τρομερό τρόπο το μεγαλείο μας και την ομορφιά»

«Κάθε μέρα έχει μια ιστορία που αξίζει να ειπωθεί, επειδή οι μέρες μας είναι φτιαγμένες από ιστορίες. Οι επιστήμονες λένε ότι είμαστε φτιαγμένοι από μικρά σωματίδια, τα άτο
Dimitris Hall
Η ανάπτυξη
Μια γέφυρα δίχως ποτάμι.
Ψηλές προσόψεις κτιρίων δίχως τίποτε από πίσω.
Ο κηπουρός ποτίζει το πλαστικό γρασίδι.
Κυλιόμενες σκάλες που δεν οδηγούν πουθενά.
Ο αυτοκινητόδρομς που μας δίνει τη δυνατότητα να γνωρίσουμε τόπους, που εξαιτίας του έχουν καταστραφεί.
Η οθόνη της τηλέορασης δείχνει μια τηλεοπτική συσκεύη που περιέχει μιαν άλλη τηλεοπτική συσκευή μέσα στην οποία υπάρχει μια τηλεοπτική συσκευή.

Ο ήλιος δύει στα τέλη του αιώνα
Είναι δηλητηριασμένο το χώμα που θα μας σκεπάσει ή θα μας ε
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: A TODO EL MUNDO
Recommended to Violante by: Mamá
Estoy empezando a considerar a Galeano como autor favorito. Tercer libro que leo de él en el año y vuelve a dejarme con la boca abierta. Escribe tan precioso (llené el libro de post-it) y te parte el corazón en mil pedazos. ¿De verdad todas estas cosas horribles pasaron, de verdad siguen pasando? Aunque sí admito que la última parte se me hizo ya medio repetitiva y un poco cansadora, pero es una lectura para tomarse con calma y leer con pañuelos a mano. Vamos por más del autor.

"Desde los tiempo
As other reviewers have noted, Galeano doesn't provide footnotes to back up his assertions, which makes this book a rant and not a treatise. It is a breathtaking rant, though, with language as beautiful as the world it describes is ugly. Plus, Galeano does provide a list of sources at the end, if the reader needs further convincing that Galeano's description of the "Looking-Glass world" is spot-on.

Here are some of Galeano's own words:

The "killer instinct" is an essential ingredient for getting a
Eren Buğlalılar
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lazim-olur
Das Kapital'i çağdaş bir şair yazsaydı bu kitap ortaya çıkardı diye düşündüm. Çok güzel.

- Adalet de tıpkı yılanlar gibi, yalnızca çıplak ayaklıları ısırıyor.

- Yeni açılan bir köprü çöktüğünde, içi boşaltılan bir banka battığında, çimentosuz inşa edilen bir bina yıkıldığında kimsenin hapse girmediği ülkelerde yalnızca yoksullar cezaevine girer.

- Küçük soygun özel mülkiyete karşı işlenmiş bir suç, büyük soygun mülk sahiplerinin hakkı.

- ABD'nin herkesten çok borcu var, ama kimse onu iflas bayrağı ç
Miguel Jiménez
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terminar de leer el libro me dejó el deseo de escuchar más a Eduardo Galeano. Hay un conocimiento y sabiduría documentada detrás de cada oración(basta ver la cantidad de libros consultados por cada artículo del libro). Además de la crítica al sistema y la claridad e inteligencia de pensamiento. Así, llega a reúnir frases que consiguen una reflexión al término de su lectura. Sí, citas o frases célebres que valen la pena escuchar. Pondré dos:

"Lo mejor que el mundo tiene está en los muchos mundos q
Nov 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: translation
Journalist, historian, poet, author — there is no other writer whose style is comparable to that of Eduardo Galeano. The Uruguayan penner, best known for his acclaimed Memory of Fire trilogy, further indicts our culture of privilege in Upside Down. Comprised of a series of illuminating vignettes, Galeano, with his trademark wit, sarcasm, and adroit phrasings, turns his unerring critique onto the vapidity and shallowness of our modern world. Whether decrying violence, consumerism, ecological degr ...more
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Καταπληκτικός... Απορώ πώς δεν τον είχα ανακαλύψει νωρίτερα.
This is definitely good if you want a reminder of how unjust and brutal the world is, with the focus on Latin America. Money and power rule, and woe to those that get in the way, or even woe to those that don't "add value." I thought perhaps this would be a good quicker substitution for his Open Veins, and perhaps it is, but the loose format and rant-style is not what I prefer. It's a bit depressing, too, and he doesn't present many specific causal facts, just the more broad descriptives of a wo ...more
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Cuesta creer que hayan pasado 17 años desde la publicación de este libro, y que todavía su vigencia resulte tan terriblemente devastadora. La denuncia lírica que impregna las líneas de este ensayo es perfectamente aplicable a nuestros días, en los que la violencia y la desigualdad son aún mayores, si cabe. Debido a la crisis económica actual, uno tiene la sensación de que estamos peor que nunca, pero al leer Patas arriba, es fácil darse cuenta que la corrupción, el egoísmo, la codicia y la injus ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Μόλις τελείωσα το πρώτο βιβλίο για το 2017 και νομίζω δεν του αξίζει τίποτα λιγότερο από πέντε αστέρια.
Σε επίπεδο γραφής, ο Γκαλεάνο δεν θυμίζει σε καμία των περιπτώσεων το στυφό, αυστηρό και δοκιμιακό ύφος αντίστοιχων κειμενικών ειδών και παρουσιάζει γεγονότα, σκέψεις και προβληματισμούς με μία χροιά λογοτεχνική, ευκολοδιάβαστη και σε ορισμένες στιγμές χιουμοριστική.
Παράλληλα, προσεγγίζει όλα τα θέματα με μία διακριτική ευαισθησία και αιχμηρή κριτική όταν πρέπει. Η θεματολογία αφορά σε κοινων
Marce Matamoros
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Galeano offers us this devastating reflection of how today's world seems to be constructed from an upside down perspective, where people's main nurture comes from fear and how the system manipulates masses into thinking there is no other way around, as this is how "it has always been", in terms of injustice, consumption, predation of nature, racism, male domineering, dependence to machines and mass media power.

Anyone who prides himself/herself on having critical thought, has to read this book.
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Excelente libro que escaló hasta mis favoritos.
La escritura más denunciante de Galeano que leí hasta el momento, por eso me resultó muy importante entrar con la cabeza muy abierta.
Tarde en leerlo, porque me causó mucho dolor leer cosas tan crudas y hubo momentos en los que necesite parar. Esto no lo hace menos excelente, sino más impactante, por lo menos para mi. También hubo cierto momento en el que se me tornó un cachitin denso, por el hecho de que se trataba de la parte automotriz la cual no
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
20-30 sayfalık bir kaynakçaya sahip olan, dünya üzerinde yapılan adaletsizlikleri tek tek anlatan değeri büyük bir kitap. Çok akıcı, keskin cümlelerle izah ediliyor sorunlar. Yoksullar, suçlular, kapitalizm ve komünizm, devrimler, rejim değişiklikleri... Daha sayamadığım birçok konuya samimiyetle değinilmiş. Çocuk istismarı, kadınlara davranış, dayak, hırsızlık, ahlaksızlık, kültürel değerlerin yıkılması gibi günümüzün en önemli konuları da sebepleriyle anlatılmış. Bu kitap hem ironileriyle hem ...more
Steev Hise
Oct 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
"Open Veins of Latin America" is better. Galeano is still brilliant but quite a bit too strident in this book, with all these unsupported, radical assertions (which i fully believe, but skeptics will just scoff) about the horrors the powerful exert on the poor.

Strangely enough I have a used copy once owned by at least 1 student - I frankly am baffled as to why a professor would assign this book for some class full of clueless college sophomores. Much better to start with "Open Veins" or somethi
Louella Mahabir
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not because I loved it. Upside down was not nice at all. It's like taking all journalists' cynicism and rolling it up in a giant ball then rolling it towards the reader. Eduardo is a very intelligent writer from Uruguay who "LOVES" politics and was so very disgusted with the world when this was written. The sentiments spread after having read it.

Scary good. Read at your own peril...
Ezequiel L.C.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Galeano fiel a su estilo, muy interesante y completo. Toca todos los temas que a una persona pensante deberían inquietar (consumismo, medios de comunicación, recursos naturales, etc) y los analiza desde un enfoque muy original. Por momentos algo denso, pero vale la pena.
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
A real reflect of the world where we are living...
Suellen Rubira
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esse livro me trouxe a lembrança da primeira vez que assisti aos documentários Zeitgeist. Eduardo Galeano traz uma série de ensaios - todos com referência de fontes consultadas - a respeito de temas como injustiça social e sua extrema ligação com a política - parece o óbvio, mas tem gente que acredita que pobreza é uma coisa natural, é assim porque é - globalização, filhadaputice dos EUA, televisão e fabricação de notícias, entre outros. O livro foi concluído em 1998 e eu não sei como se pode se ...more
Guzin Karabucak
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitap her ne kadar 1998 yilinda tamamlanmis olsa da dusunceleri gunumuzde hala gecerliligini koruyor.
Gunumuz toplumu hakkinda farkindalik yaratan ve sislerin icine gomulmus gercekleri bize gostermeye calisiyor. Birkac okunmasi gereken muhtesem bir kitap
Mehmet Furkan Kocaaslan
""Yazar bu kitabı yazmayı 1998 Ağustos'unda bitirdi. Devamını öğrenmek istiyorsanız her gün haberleri okuyun, dinleyin ya da seyredin"
Kusursuz bir dünya tarihi. Eduardo Galeano'nun okuduğum en sert, en çarpıcı kitabı. Kitabın başından sırtımda koca bir yükle, yürekte bir ızdırapla kalktım.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up for a dollar at a used book sale, not really knowing what to expect. I really loved this book, and it made me want to add a lot of other books about Latin American history to my reading list. For a book that discusses such awful events and persistent inequality there were some very darkly funny moments I wasn't expecting.
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Galeano's Upside Down evokes as many emotions as there are problems in the world. The cleverly written book at times can make the reader pull out one's hair in frustration and cry in the hopelessness of the world we live in. He doesn't write what many people already don't know but he states what many of us fear to acknowledge and fear is the primary theme of the book. We live in a fearful society that fears everything including "foreigners," neighbours, food, water, air, economy, wealth or lack ...more
Air Knight
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
In Classic Galeano style, wave after wave of facts supported by a healthy dose of passionate arguments, Patas arriba makes an effort to explain what is wrong with the world, how can be possible that evolved and civilized human beings passively tolerate the extremely unfair conditions of the current system and why, despite the absurd amount of negative effects the system has it continues to be viewed as the best choice in pretty much the whole world. It covers a wide range of topics: Sexism, raci ...more
Eva Chafi
Este libro, a diferencia de otros del autor que leí, está escrito como novela, digamos, más bien comouna larga investigación escrita en prosa de la injusticia, intercalando pequeños "cuentitos" en recuadros, más o menos cada dos páginas. Esa estructura lo hizo un poco más difícil, sobre todo teniendo en cuenta la seriedad y realismo del tema.
Dos cosas le bajaron el puntaje:
1) Es del 99, así que los datos no están muy actualizados.
2) ¿Es necesario quejarse de TODO? No soy defensora a ultranza del
Praveen Kumar Mohan
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I haven't read Eduardo Galeano's books before but I should say I was impressed when I read this, that too in the first few pages itself. The ideas discussed are completely thought provoking especially for someone like me who has harbored capitalists views for long. Its disheartening for me to note that I have lived with such ignorance about the outrages and injustices that continue to happen in our society. And this in particular to a specific set of people as the author might call 'the ones fro ...more
Juan Pablo
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eduardo Galeano cuestiona muchas cosas en este libro; la manipulación, saqueos, injusticias de las que hemos sido objeto como pueblo latinoamericano. Hace un repaso histórico desde lo que los europeos llaman "descubrimiento de América", el exterminio inclemente de los pueblos indígenas, de su cultura y su cosmología, la invasión y la imposición de una oleada "civilizadora" que nos cortó la posibilidad de crecer bajo los parámetros de nuestras creencias originales y autóctonas.

Pero esta situación
Aldo Ojeda
En este libro, Eduardo Galeano hace una extensa y feroz crítica de la situación política, económica y social que se veía en el mundo a finales del siglo XX. Página tras página incluye ejemplos de las acciones políticas hablando fuertemente a favor de la corrupción y de la destrucción del planeta, de cómo se enseña que para triunfar, para tener éxito, dinero y poder, hay que robar, hay que aprovecharse de todo y de todos.

El problema es que Patas arriba no es propositivo. Las reflexiones de Galean
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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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