We learned one thing: don’t call Eduardo Galeano an historian. He says he’s a lover of reality, and some of that reality happened in another time, some of it happens on another map. In what he calls a “boundless” book, Galeano sets out in Mirrors to tell universal stories from the past and the present, from here and there.
Here’s an excerpt:
LOST AND FOUND
The twentieth century, which was born proclaiming peace and justice, died bathed in blood. It passed on a world much more unjust than the one it inherited.
The twenty-first century, which also arrived heralding peace and justice, is following in its predecessor’s footsteps.
In my childhood, I was convinced that everything that went astray on earth ended up on the moon.
But the astronauts found no sign of dangerous dreams or broken promises or hopes betrayed.
If not on the moon, where might they be?
Perhaps they were never misplaced.
Perhaps they are in hiding here on earth. Waiting.
Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano, trans. Mark Fried. Published by Nation Books.
Maria Hinojosa sat down with Galeano in New York to talk about the new work.
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