Thursday, May 07, 2015
Galeano's best-known works are Las venas abiertas de América Latina (Open Veins of Latin America, 1971) and Memoria del fuego (Memory of Fire Trilogy, 1982–6). "I'm a writer," the author once said of himself, "obsessed with remembering, with remembering the past of America and above all that of Latin America, intimate land condemned to amnesia."
Las venas abiertas de América Latina (Open Veins of Latin America), a history of the region from the time of Columbus from a left-wing perspective, is considered one of Galeano's best-known works. An English-language translation by Cedric Belfrage gained some popularity in the Anglosphere after Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez gave it as a gift to U.S. President Barack Obama in 2009.
Galeano was also an avid fan of football, writing most notably about it in Football in Sun and Shadow (El fútbol a sol y sombra). In a retrospective for SB Nation after Galeano's death, football writer Andi Thomas described the work—a history of the sport, as well as an outlet for the author's own experiences with the sport and his political polemics—as "one of the greatest books about football ever written".