Hunter of Stories

Eduardo Galeano, trans. from the Spanish by Mark Fried. Nation, $26 (272p) ISBN 978-1-56858-990-9
This collection of aphorisms, anecdotes, and retellings marks the final work completed by famed Uruguayan writer Galeano (Soccer in Sun and Shadow) before his death in 2015. In a manner similar to 2009’s Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone, entries come in thematic groupings exploring modes of oppression and imagination across time, place, and circumstance. Entries are rarely more than a page and often much shorter, yet each is meticulously sculpted, conveying an incident, act, or idea in danger of being forgotten, and doing so with the lively and inimitable voice of a passionate rebel and storyteller. Discussing native histories, environmental issues, feminism, political revolutions, race relations, and his beloved soccer, among other areas of concentration, Galeano travels effortlessly across a wide-ranging panoply of near-forgotten people whose deeds more often than not give the lie to more official accounts. With a keen sense for ironic reversals and equal measures of sly humor, empathy, anguish, and hope, this compendium of bite-size stories of resistance (elegantly translated by longtime collaborator Fried) is a worthy addition to the celebrated oeuvre of a writer who remains a towering figure both as an artist and a voice of conscience across Latin America and the world. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 07/17/2017
Release date: 11/14/2017
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