[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.

Author: Vuktilar Shaktihn
Country: Lithuania
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Relationship
Published (Last): 19 September 2010
Pages: 289
PDF File Size: 3.12 Mb
ePub File Size: 11.72 Mb
ISBN: 975-3-56857-222-2
Downloads: 31115
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Vibei

He is practically the last person alive to think communism was a rousing success in Cuba.

Eduardo Galeano passionately recounts the horrific events of the last 7 centuries in Latin America. The story he tells goes a long way to explaining the “pink tide” of the last decade.

In what seemed to me a telling comparison he contrasts conquistadors arriving in Latin American with the expectation of taking riches home to Europe with settlers in New England fleeing Europe and determined to grow their food and make the products they need for themselves—and to stay, not seek treasure to bring home. 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.

The result was the development of a growing middle class of local producers in North America–something that didn’t happen in most Latin American countries which developed local oligarchies who themselves continued to be exploited by powerful patrons.

In what turned out to be an advantage for North America, there was no gold or silver, not even promising farms land so the British, in comparison to the Iberians, tended to ignore the colonies rather than plunder them.

Classics corner

I picked it up after reading excerpts of it from my Latin American history reader, I could not believe how easily one page flowed to the oen, before I knew it I was completely done aemrica the book. Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, and liberalizing China are illustrative. Weaving fact and imagery into a rich tapestry, Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people. Feb 16, Todd rated it it was amazing Shelves: Who don’t create art, but handicrafts.

Stories of Almost Everyone Genesis: He never even considers other developing nations, and even bya number of formerly colonized Asian lxtin were fast approaching developed world standards.

How does one rate a book like this, which suffers from even a rudimentary understanding of economics e.


A much better thinker about Latin America, and a more gifted novelist, too, is Mario Vargas Llosa, who ran for president of Peru. I said to him, also, that this book convinced me, more than ever, that free trade is a horrifying economic policy and must be fought. Paperback, pages ISBN: I hope to learn more about these forgotten people of Latin America. If at least for the amount of historical and economical issues touched inside these pages it is worth reading, actually the chapter on the nature of international loans could had been easily written nowadays by just swapping the names of a few countries in for others in Europe.

In this work, Galeano condemns centuries of pillaging from one of the grand, great, rich continents of the world for the benefit of another, outside continent, and its peoples.

Classics corner: Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano | Books | The Guardian

Feb 15, John Gurney rated it it was ok. I’m glad I read the book. And the most favorable reviews came not from any prestigious critic but from the military dictatorships that praised the book by banning it. Latin America needs property rights another Peruvian, Hernando de Soto has written interestingly about the virtual impossibility of poor squatters in taking out even the most modest loan, which helped lead to the current popularity of microloans in developing nations.

It should be read by everybody. But nothing has yet coalesced into a thing I would call a review, or even a passable reflection. The truths contained in the gift were essentially ignored by the right-wind punditry, because truth and history have no place in the circus of sound bite chicanery, not when the mainstream media is little more than a clown car of corporate maleficence, whose acquiescence in the plunder and economic repression of Latin America continues unabated; the media’s boosting of NAFTA, for instance, is an excellent example of imperialistic mechanisms at work.

One of my favorites And we all have opinions about our lives, of course, and many of us develop opinions about the lives that we see around us as well, be them informed or ignorant. They had their accomplishments, indeed, but they were warlike, practiced human sacrifice, and enslaved other tribes. The wealth of my country is predicated on the poverty of other regions. A history of the exploitation of Latin America since the arrival of Europeans. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met.


And while Galeano writes with passion and artistry, his history is not the hysterical harangue the noise machine would have us believe.

To this end, Galeano is known as a historian-poet, or a poet-historian. The book is not at all written as a revolutionary tract–in fact it is a lyrical and compassionate, yet detailed and wide-ranging, history of the region.

Galeano wrote Open Veins of Latin America in Uruguay while working as an independent journalist and editor and while employed in the publishing department of the University of the Republic.

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

Open Veins is not shy in its Marxist economic critique. The consequences of a systematic effort by the powers of the world to strip away the richness of this continent, its cultures, its peoples, in an effort to destabilize them politically, financially, and geographically, and reap all of the benefits. Sep 14, Allen B. Because of its colonial history, Latin America was sufficiently fragmented that it never developed the unity and scale that would allow it to develop on its own.

But the Liberation Theology wing of the church was a potential ally that velns unnoticed or unmentioned.

Return to Book Page. Who don’t have religions, but superstitions.

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

The book is well researched and documented, but Galeano’s intensity and skill as a writer adds gravitas to the irrefutable evidence he presents, a thing the noise machine cannot abide. 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.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In this versionthe new-model imperialism comes on a geuinely civilizing mission, is a blessing to the dominated countries, and the true-love declarations by the dominant power of the moment are its real intentions. It is obvious everywhere. Even as I read llatin book with a grain of salt, I still found it powerful.

And clearly immigration to America took a far different path in the North than in the South.

Author: admin