Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone (Hardcover)

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Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano's most recent book is all-encompassing, perfect for the reader with numerous curiosities. It covers 5,000 years of narrative condensed into 600 short vignettes over 365 pages. Mirrors is an intricate web, a thematic thread. If we were to approach its layout in some sort of spatial manner, each individual vignette could connect to any other vignette. But the connections don't stop with theme - they continue with subjects. Universality across eras and cultures seems to be what Galeano finds intriguing, evidenced by his stringing together of creation myths from different cultures, examples of misogyny and racism throughout time, and historical figures like Caesar, the Marquis de Sade, Napoleon, Stalin, and Hitler. In his ambitious attempt to relate the concepts of almost everything, Galeano has written the stories of almost everyone, and the result is one highly fascinating and unclassifiable book. -- Geo Ong

— From January 2010


From one of the world’s most celebrated writers, his most ambitious book to date—an epic history of the human adventure, told backwards, forwards, sideways, through past, present, and future

About the Author

Eduardo Galeano's works, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages, include Memory of Fire (three volumes); Open Veins of Latin America; Soccer in Sun and Shadow; Days and Nights of Love and War; The Book of Embraces; We Say No; Walking Words; Upside Down; and Voices of Time. Born in Montevideo, he lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for years before returning to Uruguay. He was the recipient of the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom and the front-runner for Spain's esteemed Cervantes award.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781568584232
Publisher: Nation Books
Publication Date: May 1st, 2009
Pages: 400