Eduardo Galeano, Latin America’s fiery leftist author passes away

Eduardo Galeano, the Uruguayan journalist and auth... more

Galeano started out as a journalist in the 1960s, writing ‘Open Veins Of Latin America’ at a time when he said his cattle-producing country “produced more violence than meat or wool.” Reuters
1/7Galeano started out as a journalist in the 1960s, writing ‘Open Veins Of Latin America’ at a time when he said his cattle-producing country “produced more violence than meat or wool.” Reuters
Subtitled ‘Five centuries of the pillage of a continent’, ‘Open Veins of Latin America’ was an uncompromising critique of the exploitation of Latin America by the capitalist powers of Europe and America. It remains a classic in anti-capitalist, left-wing circles.
2/7Subtitled ‘Five centuries of the pillage of a continent’, ‘Open Veins of Latin America’ was an uncompromising critique of the exploitation of Latin America by the capitalist powers of Europe and America. It remains a classic in anti-capitalist, left-wing circles.
Eduardo German Hughes Galeano began his career at the age of 14, publishing cartoons under the name “Gius” because of Hughes’ difficult pronunciation in Spanish. He worked as a courier, factory worker, bank teller, and stenographer, while he wrote on the side. AFP
3/7Eduardo German Hughes Galeano began his career at the age of 14, publishing cartoons under the name “Gius” because of Hughes’ difficult pronunciation in Spanish. He worked as a courier, factory worker, bank teller, and stenographer, while he wrote on the side. AFP
His ideology and works, that embraced ideas on the left, forced him into exile in Argentina and Spain during Uruguay’s military dictatorship between 1973 and 1985. AFP
4/7His ideology and works, that embraced ideas on the left, forced him into exile in Argentina and Spain during Uruguay’s military dictatorship between 1973 and 1985. AFP
With late Venezuelan president and socialist leader Hugo Chavez during a meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay—Galeano’s birthplace, and also where he breathed his last. AFP
5/7With late Venezuelan president and socialist leader Hugo Chavez during a meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay—Galeano’s birthplace, and also where he breathed his last. AFP
Hugo Chavez gifted ‘Open Veins’ as it is widely called, to US President Barack Obama during a Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain in 2009. This shot the book to instant fame, sending it to the top of best-seller lists. AP
6/7Hugo Chavez gifted ‘Open Veins’ as it is widely called, to US President Barack Obama during a Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain in 2009. This shot the book to instant fame, sending it to the top of best-seller lists. AP
At his favourite pub Cafe Brasilero in Montevideo, in October of 2002. A lifelong soccer fan, he also penned a history of the game, ‘Football in Sun and Shadow’. Galeano, however, always felt that ‘Open Veins’ overshadowed his other important works. Reuters
7/7At his favourite pub Cafe Brasilero in Montevideo, in October of 2002. A lifelong soccer fan, he also penned a history of the game, ‘Football in Sun and Shadow’. Galeano, however, always felt that ‘Open Veins’ overshadowed his other important works. Reuters
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