On the second part of Eduardo Galeano's Memory of Fire
trilogy, Faces and Masks
. It is a historical portrait of the Americas, North, South, and Central, written as a series of short sketches. The first part, Genesis
, deals with creation myths, indigenous societies, and first contact with Europeans up through the 17th Century. the Second part, Faces and Masks
, which I am in the middle of, treats with the 18th and 19th Centuries, the last part, Century of the Wind,
deals with the 20th Century.
Memoria del fuego (Memory of Fire) is a three-volume narrative of the history of America, North and South. The characters are historical figures; generals, artists, revolutionaries, workers, conquerors and the conquered, who are portrayed in brief episodes which reflect the colonial history of the continent. It starts with pre-Columbian creation myths and ends in the 1980s. It highlights not only the colonial oppression that the continent underwent but particularly the long history of resistance, from individual acts of heroism to mass revolutionary movements.
I am finding it fascinating, well-written, and highly informative, especially considering this Norteamericano's
somewhat typical ignorance of almost everything that has happened South of the Rio Grande.
Dust Jacket kudos from some of my favorites such as Doris Lessing and John Berger.