Walking Words

Walking Words

Book - 1995
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Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c1995
ISBN: 9780393037821
Branch Call Number: FIC GALEANO
Characteristics: 328 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Fried, Mark


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Mar 13, 2018

Eduardo Galeano's works defy typical classification systems. In this "walking" journey through worlds of mythology and folklore of urban and rural Latino America, he shows us truths that defy time. The structure is a series of "stories" followed by shorter "windows" that provide philosophic perceptions. They are held together thematically by the brilliant woodcuts of Jose Francisco Borges. The stories are not conventional stories. In fact, more often than not, Galleano flies in the face of conventions. For instance, on writing: "There's not much pleasure in writing what you live. The challenge is to live what you write." On politics, perhaps he is too cynical for some: "Free elections allow us to chose the sauce with which we will be eaten." To give you a better taste of the book, a title of a story: "Story of the Female Avenger and the Archangel in the Palace of Sinners". And a title for one of the many Windows: "Window on Invisible Dictatorships". The book does not match his epic trilogy on the history of the Americas, "Memory of Fire", but that is a different genre, which he created for that work. Perhaps instead of the timeworn phrase, magical realism, "Walking Words" could be called "real magicalism."

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