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مثل طائر يهبط الى الارض بسرعة ليلتقط شيئا لانراه، كذلك يفعل ادواردو غاليانو في كل كتاباته يلتقط صورا نادرة من حياتنا اليومية، ويعيد تلوينها باقلامه الساحرة، في صور مدهشة وغريبة كانها من عالم اخر..
Paperback, الطبعة الأولى, 216 pages
Published 2007 by دار المدى (first published January 1st 2001)
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Glenn Russell
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


The feet of time walk in our shoes; green alga dance; the rivers break all the rules; the flow of history on a planetary scale; the flow of events and happenings from country to country, city to city, town to town, person to person, animal to animal and plant to plant. Three hundred-thirty-three, that's 333, one-pager mini-stories with laser-sharp observations from Eduardo Galeano, among the foremost masters of Latin American literature. Here are several of my favorites:

TIME PLAYS GAMES
It is sai
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Edward Rathke
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant. Told in over 300 vignettes ranging from personal to political to ecological, this is a novel about humanity's relationship with itself and with the earth. The book it most closely resembles is Yasunari Kawabata's Palm-of-the-Hand Stories, which is probably the greatest short story collection I've ever read.

Though it's a very serious novel that takes itself very seriously, it's still extremely funny at times. Because of the nature of this novel, I read it quite slowly, usual
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Melissa
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was given to me as a gift from my employer, and judging from the description on the cover, I thought it would be short stories about the author's life. As it would turn out, though, it is actually a book of VERY short stories, or vignettes, that rarely intertwine, though sometimes the stories might involve the same person or theme for 2 or 3 stories in a row. Each story is less than a page long; although there are fewer than a handful that spread onto two pages, they could have been sq ...more
Jim Fonseca
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author is a famous Uruguayan writer, one of the many Latin American writers who fled, or were driven from, their home countries for exile in Europe during right-wing dictatorships. (Galeano’s countryman, Juan Carlos Onetti also fled and I reviewed his great book, Let the Wind Speak). This book is a series of vignettes, almost like blog posts, although I doubt that Galeano did blog posts. He died in 2015, a week before I am posting this review. The stories come from all over the world, but ma ...more
Marc
Charming. Delightful. Unexpected. Galeano traces his life through a series of 333 vignettes (the longest are a page to a page-and-a-half; most are half a page or just a paragraph). He manages to touch an enormous range of subjects, crossing the globe, and spanning time. He's clearly got a political slant sympathetic to the common man and nature, but manages to celebrate existence even amidst his harshest critiques (by way of the humor, affection, and compassion that permeate these pieces). You f ...more
Juju
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow. This is a book I have wanted to read even before I knew it existed, it sat waiting on the shelves of my books of dreams. In 333 one page segments Galeano distills moments from a lifetime of stories lived, told and heard into a truly amazing and defiant collection. Galeano's writing breathes with the sights, sounds and sense of real life, permeated by his firery resistance to the injustice he sees and hears, while somehow maintaining an economy of expression that leaves no word wasted. Impre ...more
Abby
I love books that make you go, "What is it?" About halfway through this one, I realized that these are parables--brief, enigmatic, and clearly moral. Or this is what would happen if someone decided to write parables about what he heard in bar conversations and on TV that night (international news + nature documentaries). And then put them in a book and called it a memoir.

Having grown up with the enigmatic, moral stories of Jesus, I was well prepared to love those of a soccer-loving exiled left-w
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Dustin
Oct 31, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dustin by: Glenn Russell
Glenn writes some of my favorite reviews, and this one's no different. I now have another Latin American author to experience. I'm not complaining.:))


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Adam
Nov 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: internationalists
Shelves: memoir-autobio
The latest collection by one of my favorite authors. Galeano's Voices of Time recounts the people he meets, the places he visits, and the stories he hears over his lifetime. The "voices" he gathers together form a narrative of life as a struggle, life as a project; meaning that we are to live with purpose. His stories are humbling—they alternately caused me to feel shame, wonder, and admiration. Galeano celebrates folk traditions and the everyday experiences of the people and condemns the acts o ...more
Barbara
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is so beautiful about this book, and about every book of Galeano's that I've ever read is that even as history happens, on the grand scale on which history happens, even as the names and monumental deeds of deities, conquistadors, imperial rulers, military dictators, and revolutionaries are well represented here, as happens in history, most important to Galeano's writing of history are the names and everyday deeds of the farmers, the shepherds, the school teachers, the village children, the ...more
Genevieve Speegle
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each page in this book is filled with thought-provoking vignettes from South American author, Eduardo Galeano.

While not all of them are created equal, the stories that are good are SO good that they carried the weight of the entire book for me and helped me let go of the stories that were only OK. Beautifully worded and nearly poetical, this is a special book that should be in everyone's personal library.
Robert Wechsler
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latinam-lit
This is neither a life nor a story collection, in the traditional sense of these terms. It is a collection of short pieces that range widely, mostly anecdotes, feuilletons, and very imaginative pieces that I want to call “fables,” although once again not in the traditional sense. The only weak pieces were political in the narrow sense.

This Uruguayan writer, who died recently, wrote about the entire world, which he appears to have traveled. This is not a book to read straight through, but to savo
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John Benson
Eduardo Galeano's books are usually collage-like political histories of Latin America. I have really enjoyed them in the past. This one looks at different aspects of life in 340 different 1-3 paragraph snippets. There are many neat images and ideas, but it is hard to think what the core of the book was about, like his other books. I had this as a bathroom read and it worked perfectly for that. Nonetheless, a good read.
Karla
I read this book (in Spanish) in college. I don't remember all of what I read, and I don't really agree with all of the views contained within its pages. Yet some of the quips were quite memorable, enough to leave an indelible mark on my friends who don't speak Spanish but had to hear me talk all about this book I loved. I enjoy Galeano's talent at capturing ideas and bringing a bit of magic to the ordinary. And como quien no quiere la cosa, I guess I'll say I liked it. ;)
Mariam El hage
Galeano himself has said that he doesn't believe in borders. Reading this book shows that. This Uruguayan writer, wrote in this collection about the entire world, which he appears to have travelled . Galeano captures in this collection of short stories the essence of whatever he's writing about.
even though “voices of time” is not Galeano s absolute best , This is a wonderful book that needs to be read slowly so it can be savored.
Ruth
Aug 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recently-read
Pretty much everything Eduardo Galeano writes is great. My only beef with this book (which did cause me to lose interest in it for a while) is that it's not a memoir as I expected. I'm sure a number of the incidents/scenes it recounts are from his own life, but really these are few.

Still, it's great. Put together in his trademark mosaic style, & many many of the little story-chips are gems.
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Katie
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
each vignette packs an emotional punch with strong diction and attention to detail. taken together as a larger treatise on the multifaceted experiences that we call "life", or standing alone as singular observations full of witticism and a certain sense of melancholy, these stories are simple in form yet intricate in purpose.
Ahmad Imam Serag
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: about-time
We are made of time.

We are its feet and its voice.

The feet of time walk in our shoes.

Sooner or later, we all know, the winds of time will erase the tracks.

Passage of nothing, steps of no one? The voices of time tell of the voyage.
Rhi
We went to hear him speak - he was wonderful, I loved particularly his comment about how to worms, a plate of spaghetti is an orgy. JuanJo gave me his book as a present went I left for Rome.
fried( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) chicken
galeano has this incredible way of conveying the complexity of living in a fewest amount of words possible.
Lisa
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Galeano again attempts a history of the world. And again he succeeds.
Lisa
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully edifying as usual. I love Galeano's musings and wish that he'd written many more...
Gustavo Vazquez
This was the 8th book I read from Galeano, so you can be sure that I enjoy his work a lot. But this one is his weakest so far. It has 300+ very short stories, and some of them are beautiful (just a dozen or more), but mostly are very naive. It´s the usual pattern from Galeano - companies are always evil, poor people are always good. Socialist is amazing, Capitalist is the devil on earth. Religion is stupid, even though you can find a good priest here or there. Soccer/football is divine; soccer p ...more
Antonio Delgado
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Galeano is good at telling stories that explain how we humans are good at destroying but also creating. Still, his short vignettes remain us the threat that we have become to ourselves.
Rachel
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are very brief stories, like prose poems. Thought-provoking and fun to read.
Wendy
Nov 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not his absolute best, but even Galeano on an off day is better than most writers at the top of their game. Mark Fried's translation of BOCAS DEL TIEMPO is delightful. This is Galeano's "Song of Myself."
Lauren
May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Beautifully written, if incoherent. Good for those with short attention spans, as each "chapter" is only a few paragraphs long and barely linked together, with no overarching narrative that I could discern.
Dalal
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I really liked the book. It shows you how life works. Different situations in different parts of the world. You can say Life Cycle. Some facts. History information. I really enjoyed reading it.
Nathalie
Oct 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book made up of 333 prose poems full of grace and sadness, humour and anger........... The drawings in the book are ancient, from Cahmarca in Peru, some of them ten thousand years old.

Dylan Vernon
Mar 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vintage Galeano. Short pieces of life learnings and thoughts. Suggest that you read 3-4 of his 'life poems' daily...and not all at once to let it sink in.
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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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“- إعلام العولمه -

بعد شهور من سقوط البرجين, قصفت إسرائيل جنين.
مخيم اللاجئين الفلسطينيين هذا, تحول إلى حفره هائله, ممتلئه بموتى تحت الأنقاض.
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