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Like white light broken into a spectrum of colors by a prism, Eduardo Galeano’s The Book of Embraces presents an experience that is at once fragmented and integrated. The new work, like his monumental trilogy Memory of Fire, is composed of a emgraces of short prose compositions–most are less than a page–that form a surprisingly coherent whole.

Eduardo Galeano, The Book of Embraces

Embraves works combine political commitment with poetic vision. But while Memory of Fire traces the history of the Americas from pre-Columbian times to the present, The Book of embraces comprises incidents and reflections from Galeano’s own life. It is a less epic and more intimate work, slighter perhaps, but more personal and revealing, a stroboscopic vision that emerges from a series of quick glimpses at a gaelano in motion.


From the moment we enter school or church, education chops us into pieces: It teaches us to divorce soul from body and mind from heart. In contrast, Galeano applauds the fishermen of Colombia who coined the word sentipensante feeling-thinking “to define language that speaks the truth.

Recalling his early days as both a journalist and a caricaturist in Montevideo, Uruguay, the texts in The Book of embraces are accompanied by embrxces own fanciful and surrealistic collages and drawings.

About The Book of Embraces

Some of the pieces are analytical and essayistic, embracces when Galeano notes that in Latin America today, “It doesn’t bother anyone very much that politics be democratic so long as the economy is not. One sequence reports the dreams of his wife, Helena: The comb shed dreams galaeno with all their characters: The dreams flew from her hair into the air. The result is what Galeano’s fellow writer from across the River Plate, Argentinean Julio Cortazar, once termed a “collage book.

Both are assemblages of bits and pieces, both feature whimsical illustrations, both combine elements of surrealism, personal reflections, and political commitment in The Book of embraces Cortazar appears in one of Helena’s dreams, embracing Galeano and her at once. Cortazar’s work has more moments of genuine and sustained narrative inspiration, but readers daunted by his highly allusive style will find Galeano’s book more accessible.


Without embarrassment, Galeano can write such lines as “I write for those who cannot read me: Yet fmbraces courage of his directness and outspokenness in defying repressive Latin American regimes more than counterbalances this tendency. Many are condemned to starve for lack of bread and many more for lack of embraces,” he writes.

The Book of Embraces

And not because it falls in love. We call it a fool because it works so hard.

Galeano’s very occasional lapses are excesses of the heart, and easily forgivable because his work, both in this book and elsewhere, is inspired and validated by its heartfelt quality. It is the rhythm of Galeano’s heart that unifies and composes this engaging collection.