[Venas abiertas de America Latina, English]. Open veins of Latin America: five centuries or the pillage of a continent / Eduardo Galeano ; translated by Cedric. Open Veins of Latin America has ratings and reviews. .com// 05/24/books/?_r=0. Classics corner: Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo GaleanoIf he needs a primer on his southern neighbours, Obama could do worse.

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It is obvious everywhere. Mar 07, Tucker rated it did not like it. Facts are obviously molded for dramatic appeal handpicking specific dates, excerpts from JFK speeches, etc. In the colonial and neocolonial alchemy, gold changes into scrap metal and food into poison.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Good luck doesn’t even fall in a fine drizzle, no matter how hard the nobodies summon it, even if their left hand is tickling, or if they begin the new day with their right foot, or start the new year with a change of brooms. They fear his eloquence, but their attempt to invalidate the book through misdirection, using the eduardk histrionics of anti-communism, failed. To this end, Galeano is known as a historian-poet, or a poet-historian.

The wealth of my country is predicated on the poverty of other regions. It is a leaping-off point for an entire way of understanding the world, a confirmation of things oppen I have imagined to be true, that I have heard sailing in the air at universities and in the street, and a great searing cry against the dehumanization of a continent because of the unfair distribution of international labour and trade.

All readers interested in great historical, economic, political, and social writing will find a singular analytical achievement, and an overwhelming narrative that makes history speak, unforgettably.


But when imperialism begins exalting its own virtues we should take a look in our pockets. Evins recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, amegica political principles, and to zmerica.

Low productivity may exist, but not because of a devious plot.

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

Originally published in the early 70s, Open Veins of Latin America is an eloquently written, vivid examination of five centuries of genocide, theft, and political interference by European and American economic interests.

The nobodies, who are not worth the bullet that kills them. The third world is that of the reader, who hopes that a few nice words put together in the right nice order will produce something greater than the sum of its parts, and that, as a reader, I will be able to recognize and appreciate and, moreover, enjoy the outcome.

Evan Lemire No that’s a hit piece and was taken way out of context. That is because Galeano writes like a writer and not like a historian – an, at the time, unique ability and which has been equalled by few other people working in the field of studying and understanding the past. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. Most of Latin America saw the back of colonial Spain two centuries ago.

June Learn how and when to remove this template message. These are the veins which he traces through the body of the entire continent, up to the Rio Grande and throughout the Caribbean, and all the way to their open ends where they empty into the coffers of wealth in the United States and Europe.

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At eduarvo same time, those resources were flushed out of our continent with the blood of the indigenou Mr. Who are not, but could be. To publish Eduardo Galeano is to publish the enemy: A history of the exploitation of Latin America since the arrival of Europeans. The first part, detailing the evils of colonialism and the European importation of millions of African slaves, is its best.


Paperback, pages ISBN: And clearly immigration to America took a far different path in the North than in the South. Views Read Edit View history.

I do not quibble for a moment about the horrors of early Spanish colonization. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to vveins.

It is urgent and necessary. One of my favorites It is really a jarring read, especially if you’re not familiar with how badly Latin America has been exploited by first Spain and Portugal, then the British Empire, and then the United States.

I came away with this as the main idea: In the book, Galeano analyzes the history of the Americas as a whole, from the time period of the European settlement of the New World to contemporary Latin Americadescribing the effects of European and later United States economic exploitation and political dominance over the region.

His tenderness oopen devastating, his truthfulness, furious. In this book I read about the horrid past of an entire continent and saw the future of my country. But here I go again. Just not to confuse anyone about the ideological orientation of the author, the book is printed at least in my edition with a nice red cover.

A absolutely must to read for everybody, in special all Latin America inhabitants. Open Veins is not shy in its Marxist economic critique.