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“The open veins of Latin America” is a boring undocumented book, admits his author

Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano said in an interview published on the Argentine newspaper Perfil.com that he considers his 1971 book “The Open Veins of Latin America”, by far his best-known work, to be so bad he will no longer read from it during public appearances.

Eduardo (Hughes) Galeano made the public admission at the Brasilia book show

 Chavez a disciple of the 'Open Veins' gave a copy of the book to Obama in 2009

 “I wouldn’t be capable of reading the book again,” he said on the 43rd anniversary of its release. His comments took place during the II Bienal in Brazil, an international book fair held in the capital city of Brasilia.

Although he doesn’t regret having written it, Galeano told the site, he believes he did not have the “necessary education” in economics and politics at the time he composed it. “That traditional leftist-style prose is awful,” he said.

The renown of “Open Veins” – a roughly sketched history of the imperialist plundering of Latin America’s resources -- has perhaps been stoked by its illicit air; it was considered samizdat under military dictatorships in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, which banned it. It has since sold well over a million copies worldwide.

It also got a memorable boost in sales when late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez made a gift of it to President Barack Obama at a 2009 summit of American leaders in Trinidad and Tobago. The book jumped from 54,295th place on Amazon’s sales list to number six in less than 24 hours.

Galeano himself considered Chávez a dictator, though a “curious” one, as he maintained in a 2011 interview. “[Chávez] has won eight elections in five years. And now, recently, he submitted to a referendum in which he asked Venezuelans if they wanted the model of government that he was proposing. He’s the only president in the history of humanity to do it. And he won with 60% vote.

The book and Galeano are frequently quoted in songs, films and books, and since the 1997 edition has a prologue from the Chilean author Isabel Allende. Galeano, whose real birth name is Eduardo Hughes Galeano (in Spanish first name is father's and second mother's), and now a comfortable board member of pharmaceutical labs in Uruguay, thus joins a list of Latin American left wing intellectuals who after having influenced with ideology whole generations don't feel comfortable with some of their most emblematic works.

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1 Anglotino (#) May 08th, 2014 - 05:25 am Report abuse
Straight from the horse's mouth.
2 CabezaDura2 (#) May 08th, 2014 - 05:26 am Report abuse
Stevie touched himself reading this.
3 Brasileiro (#) May 08th, 2014 - 10:30 am Report abuse
Capitalism is an imperialist economic system. ONLY.

All people living within capitalist systems are explored. It's as if the owners of capital would put carrots in front of the eyes of rabbits, in this case people, causing people to be running the treadmill to move the economy to fill the piggy bank capitalists who live in Aspen drinking hot chocolate and enjoying beautiful women.

And you will not tell me that everyone has the same opportunities because it is not true.
4 ElaineB (#) May 08th, 2014 - 11:10 am Report abuse
@3 Give me an example of ANY economic system that gives everyone the same opportunities.
5 Brasileiro (#) May 08th, 2014 - 11:17 am Report abuse
Not exist. But that is no reason for our inaction and contemplation of capitalism. We need to rethink our model of economic, social and political life.

As things are, the world will move towards a new era of revolutions and dissensions.
6 ChrisR (#) May 08th, 2014 - 11:28 am Report abuse
Yet another leftie who has realised he was wrong.
7 Mendocinovino (#) May 08th, 2014 - 12:14 pm Report abuse
@5
There will be no revolutions or dissensions in stable countrys. Only perhaps in collapsing economys. So the world...no. Some....possibly.
8 Troy Tempest (#) May 08th, 2014 - 12:36 pm Report abuse
3, 5, Brassiero

Must be a different operator again - this “Brassiero” is not a rambling incoherent mess.
9 Condorito (#) May 08th, 2014 - 12:52 pm Report abuse
“he did not have the “necessary education” in economics and politics at the time he composed it”

That really wasn't an issue for those uncritical fools who swallowed it all.

I have to say that Galeano should be commended for his self-criticism here.
10 ElaineB (#) May 08th, 2014 - 12:54 pm Report abuse
@5 No, there will be no new world order or huge revolution. If you are pinning your hopes for the future on that you need to think again.

People, by dint of their nature, will never be equal. You can strive for equal opportunities for all but even that is near nigh impossible to achieve (though we shouldn't stop trying). The best society can do is build a structure within the law and to make it the social norm through education that people should be offered equal opportunities.

What you fail to understand is that people simply are not equal. Some are better looking, have better genes, are genetically healthier, are sociopathic, are more intelligent etc. There is no real equality.

Laws can help to make it easier for the disadvantaged. Education can pull people out of poverty. Society can elect to help the less able. But ultimately there is no perfect model where everyone is equal and everyone is the same.

People are individuals with different abilities, emotions, dreams, ideals, cultures, and opinions. That is what makes us human.
11 Philippe (#) May 08th, 2014 - 01:39 pm Report abuse
Mr. Galeano is dead right!
The Manual of the perfect Latin American idiot lists Galeano's book number 10, among the ten books that most impressed the Latin American idiot.

Philippe
12 FI_Frost (#) May 08th, 2014 - 01:59 pm Report abuse
@8 Troy Tempest

Yep, I noticed that. A while again Brasilopseudo, was pumping out youtube videos of goose stepping Brazilian soldiers and bragging about BRICS and GDP, all in imperfect English.

Defiantly a different cyber warrior logged into this account today; think they'd have the sense to keep a crib sheet or 'legend' for each profile on the office wall somewhere. “British_Kirchnerist” is in the building today so think he's doing a double shift with this one - looks like a similar style.
13 ilsen (#) May 08th, 2014 - 02:49 pm Report abuse
This Brasileiro equates women with a hot beverage, so much equality and no more exploitation heh?

Tosser.
14 Troy Tempest (#) May 08th, 2014 - 04:24 pm Report abuse
12 FI_Frost

Yes, funny how BK pops up when the other Trolls are on 'holiday'!
Sometimes a few of them sound very similar.

Do you think they are taking a week long “May Day - Int'l Workers Day” as a holiday?

As if any of them know what working is...
15 GeoffWard2 (#) May 08th, 2014 - 08:00 pm Report abuse
So rewarding, following my little tussle with Think over the 'qualities' of this great work, that the author himself comes out and agrees with me.

Oh, yes, it's been a good day :-)

Mind you, the expose of Galeano's 'The Open Veins' (1971), the 'Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot' (1996) was no great literary work either, in spite of the MV Llosa contribution.
But I am happy to accept that both books translated poorly into English.
16 Condorito (#) May 08th, 2014 - 10:39 pm Report abuse
@ Geoff
The open veins translated fine in to English.
It is just a boring rant about an imaginary foe, no subtleties or nuances to lose in translation.
17 GeoffWard2 (#) May 09th, 2014 - 09:29 am Report abuse
Hi, Condor #16

Galeano says he did not have the “necessary education” in economics and politics at the time he composed it, and that “Its traditional leftist-style prose is awful”.

My contention was always with the econo-political argument, which I found multiply flawed. This was amply supported when the Latin American Idiot came out in the 90s.
If the translation was 'good' then I must have been seriously upset with the rhetoric of the Left that it forced on me through all those tedious pages.

Anyway, I guess his 'volte face' would allow him to get a Green Card now, should he ever need one ;-)
18 ynsere (#) May 09th, 2014 - 08:46 pm Report abuse
An entire generation of Uruguayan left-wingers and terrorists based their hatred of democracy on Hughes-Galeano's work.
19 reality check (#) May 09th, 2014 - 09:14 pm Report abuse
Fiction or Non fiction?

Have to admit can not remember the last time I read a book by a SA Author and I love absolutely love to read.

Is he good?
20 ChrisR (#) May 09th, 2014 - 09:46 pm Report abuse
@ 18 ynsere

So that’s where our murdering commie bastard who is our president got his ideas from?

I wonder who read it to him?

Perhaps there is a book titled “How to commit suicide when your commie ideas are proved to be rubbish”.

They would have to print it sideways to get the title on the cover! :o)
21 reality check (#) May 09th, 2014 - 11:02 pm Report abuse
Ah now I get it, yet another South American writing about revolution.
No doubt it has a marker with left wing academics and the like.

Who the fuck is he, never heard of himm 99.9999% of the literate world have either!
22 ynsere (#) May 10th, 2014 - 12:59 am Report abuse
Chris @ 20

Alas, no such book. If there were they'd all have done themselves in when the Russians invaded Czechoslovakia. Instead of which people like Mujica and his mates took up arms against the democratically elected government and became terrorists. Vásquez, on the other hand, was busy relieving his cancer patients of their cash.

Check @ 21

Actually Hughes-Galeano's books are well known, and admired by a certain stripe of biased readership. You should learn about him: he did a lot of damage.
23 The_Truth_shall_B_Trolld (#) May 10th, 2014 - 03:32 am Report abuse
Besides the fact that Capitalism is a failure (Mercantilism brought prosperity to the world, since then replaced by Capitalism that has created crisis after crisis and concentration of wealth), it is trying to be imposed on Latin America.

I don't know about the other countries, but that will never work in Argentina. CApitalism was tried and was a dismal failure, and certainly is not coming back. The more the rest of the world tries to impose it upon us the more we will simply reject and refuse.
24 Troy Tempest (#) May 10th, 2014 - 04:41 am Report abuse
23 nostrils

you had corrupt versions of Socialism and Fascism, that centrally controlled the economy, NOT real Capitalism.

It's debatable whether you have Democracy, even

*rolls eyes in disbelief *
25 ilsen (#) May 10th, 2014 - 11:43 am Report abuse
When will the rest of Latin America catch up with Chile and Colombia and give up this immature fantasy about ”Socialism?

When ever they try it they fail. Why?
1. Corruption seems to be a cultural trait and is impregnated in political establishment of many Latin American countries.
2. Socialism is a bit crap really. Just brings everyone down to the poorest level of equality and still needs a ruling class to try and keep the wheels turning. This ruling class always consists of the most avaricious, self-serving bastards known to man. (See point #1).
26 Stevie (#) May 10th, 2014 - 04:43 pm Report abuse
Mercopress hitting new lows on parroting “news”.
Not only is Las Venas a timeless book, but according to Galeano himself, ALL his posterior work is to be viewed as adding chapters to that piece.

Bunch of parrots...
27 Troy Tempest (#) May 10th, 2014 - 06:38 pm Report abuse
26 Stevie

According to Galeano himself...

“Although he doesn’t regret having written it, Galeano told the site, he believes he did not have the “necessary education” in economics and politics at the time he composed it. “That traditional leftist-style prose is awful,” he said.

Stevie,

”not enough education in politics and economics“

” ...Leftist prose ... Awful... !!'l

Galeano the prophet, has recanted, but his disciples carry on...

That's you, Stevie.

Too funny !!
28 Stevie (#) May 10th, 2014 - 06:48 pm Report abuse
Who said he said?

Show me ONE link with Galeano saying what you are parroting about.
All I see is a bunch of sensationist news sources parroting eachother.

And here you are...
29 ilsen (#) May 10th, 2014 - 07:01 pm Report abuse
“posterior work”

Arse work more likely!

Bahahaha!
30 Fbear (#) May 10th, 2014 - 08:44 pm Report abuse
Oh how all you rightist Brits seem to love it when a few words seem to support your absurd notions about leftist politics. The last part of the article, which really says a lot more than Galeano himself, says it all about the sellouts: “ . . . now a comfortable board member of pharmaceutical labs in Uruguay, thus joins a list of Latin American left wing intellectuals who after having influenced with ideology whole generations don't feel comfortable with some of their most emblematic works.”
All it takes to buy an idiot and make him/her recant is a cushy seat and all the perks and extra money for doing little or nothing, kind of like the overpaid CEOs in Corporate America and the leftover elites in Latin America.

It does not take an economist or even a leftist, but merely an aware observer, to see the fanaticism with which the right wing elite in much of Latin America, in the USA, and in most of Europe will stop at nothing to reverse any trend that will take money out of their pockets and return some of it to those on whose backs they got it in the first place. Can't get good press in the media? Buy it out and dictate content. Can't get a leftist to recant? Givve him/her enough money and he/she will do it in a heartbeat. Even Judas had his price,
31 ilsen (#) May 10th, 2014 - 09:28 pm Report abuse
Does not that mean all 'leftists' are just closet capitalists then?

*wanders off in existential fugue*
32 ChrisR (#) May 10th, 2014 - 09:34 pm Report abuse
@ 30 Fbear

“Blah, blah, blah..will stop at nothing to reverse any trend that will take money out of their pockets and return some of it to those on whose backs they got it in the first place”.

These would be the workers then? So they were not paid for doing their job then, is that the argument?

Were they held at knife or gunpoint to work “for the man”?

Dear oh dear, you are a simpleton.
33 Stevie (#) May 10th, 2014 - 11:08 pm Report abuse
Still googling, Troy?

Parrots...
34 ilsen (#) May 11th, 2014 - 12:16 am Report abuse
Workers get paid right?

I pay my staff. If they don't like the wage, conditions or the job itself they are free to bugger off and get a new job/start their own company and provide valuable employment for other families.

I don't live off anyone's 'back' and I am not ashamed to be a capitalist.
35 Troy Tempest (#) May 11th, 2014 - 01:38 am Report abuse
you'll have to change your sandwich-board now, Stevie.
36 ilsen (#) May 11th, 2014 - 04:17 am Report abuse
@35
*chortle*
37 Anglotino (#) May 11th, 2014 - 06:54 am Report abuse
Well I did lots of googling and couldn't find a single example of Galeano claiming that he DIDN'T say this.

You would think if he has been misquoted or taken out of context then there would be dozens of websites trumpeting his rebuttal or disclaimer.

But no.

Unless Stevie found some?
38 Troy Tempest (#) May 11th, 2014 - 07:22 am Report abuse
Stevie, forlornly at the podium of his Young Mendacious Commies of America ( YMCA ) meeting as disillusioned followers resign and file out, “aw, c'mon fellas, wait!! Communism wasn't so bad... fellas, fellas... c'mon... ”

“aww... shit!”
39 Stevie (#) May 11th, 2014 - 09:38 am Report abuse
Anglolatino
Is that the same argument you use when you try to proove the existence of unicorns? “I can't find any proof they don't exist, hence...”

“Extra! Breaking news! Galeano did NOT say....”

Welcome to Anglo world.
40 Anglotino (#) May 11th, 2014 - 11:46 am Report abuse
So I'm guessing you can't find any reiteration or correction then Stevie?

At least you are man enough to admit it.

I, on the other hand, after your challenge found plenty of articles that didn't parrot each other.

The main one:
www.perfil.com/internacional/Las-venas-abiertas-de-Galeano--20140506-0013.html

Others:
www.la-razon.com/opinion/columnistas/Chocheras-Eduardo-Galeano_0_2048795227.html
www.libertaddigital.com/cultura/libros/2014-05-09/carlos-alberto-montaner-galeano-rectifica-y-los-idiotas-pierden-su-biblia-71524/
www.elciudadano.cl/2014/05/05/105118/eduardo-galeano-reconoce-que-no-seria-capaz-de-leer-nuevamente-las-venas-abiertas-de-america-latina/
www.latintimes.com/eduardo-galeano-will-no-longer-read-his-awful-book-open-veins-latin-america-public-170492
www.lacapital.com.ar/informacion-gral/Galeano-dijo-que-no-leeria-nuevamente-Las-venas-abiertas-de-America-Latina-20140505-0063.html

These in Portuguese:
brasil.elpais.com/brasil/2014/05/04/cultura/1399232315_232658.html

Take your time to read this one, Agência Brasil..... that's the government news agency in case you are unaware. There's a video that won't load on my iPhone so check that out too:
www.ebc.com.br/cultura/2014/04/nadia-galeano-realidade-mudou-e-nao-voltaria-a-ler-seu-livro-mais-conhecido

And this is quite a nice article:
socialistamorena.cartacapital.com.br/galeano-eu-nao-seria-capaz-de-ler-de-novo-as-veias-abertas-cairia-desmaiado/

What is probably upsetting you more is that this just isn't news.

But so glad that I could help you find some closure on this upsetting episode in your life.
41 Stevie (#) May 11th, 2014 - 01:15 pm Report abuse
Anglolatino
I have something better for you.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuaeUnbDqn4

There you go, Galeano actually speaking about Las Venas.
Not some parrot news site parroting “news”.

Galeano.

In Spanish.

Enjoy.
42 ilsen (#) May 11th, 2014 - 01:36 pm Report abuse
Another bastion of the Latin American Left falls on his sword.

Times they are a' changing, man!

《snigger》
43 Stevie (#) May 11th, 2014 - 01:50 pm Report abuse
ilsen
I see denial works for you, and I'm happy for you.

I'm also glad you recognize Galeano for what he is.

A bastion of the Latin American left.

He'll vote for Moreira, according to himself. Pepe is just too soft, it would seem...

Now, back to your bubble, and remember to repeat your delusions over and over again. One day you'll convince eachother of what your already think you know...
44 ilsen (#) May 11th, 2014 - 04:08 pm Report abuse
Oh Hi Stevie, didn't notice you lurking about there.
No, I was recognising him for what he WAS....
I am glad to see he has recanted and believe he should be forgiven.
BTW
Have you found the ACTUAL NUMBERS of your fantasy recount of the Venezuelan elections. Come on boy, I have given you enough time now.

And don't try and fob me off with some crap about electronic voting or some government body saying they didn't need one.

You said that there was a recount and called me a liar. Well I am still waiting.

Like all Latin American lefties the failure is in the delivery. .......
45 Stevie (#) May 11th, 2014 - 04:21 pm Report abuse
ilsen, you always wish to talk about things happening in your head. Like Galeano saying this and that, Venezuela doing this or that.
In my head, it's like you telling me unicorns exists and wanting me to prove the opposite.
Your claims, old man. Prove them yourself.

Think already posted some 5 links on the Venezuelan recount, making you a liar.
I posted a link with Galeano saying Las Venas was merely a first chapter of a lifelong piece, making you a fool.

Now you are posting gibberish, making you a masochist...
46 ilsen (#) May 11th, 2014 - 05:52 pm Report abuse
But you never posted the actual numbers or show that there was a recount. Absolutely no-one supported you on this.
because it didn't happen, did it?

FailureToDeliver@LeftieStevieSafelyInEurope.com
47 Stevie (#) May 11th, 2014 - 06:00 pm Report abuse
ilsen, I don't seek your support.
I don't expect your support.
I don't care what you support.

Im only here to expose your lies.
Now, f you want to hit your head against the same wall again. Feel free.
I'll re-post Think's link in a few posts (you never read them, did you?).

Just giving you time to do proper damage to that wall.
I'm good like that...
48 Fbear (#) May 11th, 2014 - 07:12 pm Report abuse
Resorting once more to name calling when you have no sound argument, hunh . . . Well, Chris, you HAVE taught me one important lesson. “Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes [my] time and annoys the pig.” Thanks awfully.
49 Stevie (#) May 11th, 2014 - 07:55 pm Report abuse
Fbear, dear, your time was already wasted long before you met me.
I'm merely making it visual.

No need to thank me.

As for ilsen, I'd say although he tries his hardest, I wouldn't compare him to a pig. It introduces an innocent species and adds little constructive to the discussion.
50 Anglotino (#) May 11th, 2014 - 08:18 pm Report abuse
Stevie

Thanks for that 3 year old YouTube clip.

I prefer my links of what he said this month. It's May 2014 not March 2011.

Obviously his brush with death has changed his attitude.

But I can see you have moved on from the denial stage as you are no unable (as you were at first) deny that he said these things.

You seem to be almost out of the anger stage and soon you'll be bargaining. After a bout of depression (which is the norm for you on here) you'll finally be in acceptance.

And then you'll have worked your way through the 5 stages of grief. So what you are feeling is entirely normal and I accept you for it. But please don't belittle Galeano by ignoring how he feels.
51 Stevie (#) May 11th, 2014 - 08:37 pm Report abuse
Anglolatino
If you choose to believe he said what your sensationist news sources say, naming “he told reporters” as source, without specifying what reporters or offering a video link to the statement (which should be out by now), be my guest.
If you choose to believe that Galeano, in three years, went from calling Las Venas a “port of departure, not arrival”, defining his posterior work as “chapters to add” to the book, to call it a “boring and undocumented book”, feel free.

I wont even try to stop you.

But don't make me disprove your delusions. Deal with it yourself.
52 ilsen (#) May 12th, 2014 - 02:46 am Report abuse
Where is the recount Stevie? You never proved there was one did you?
Major brawl in Venezuelan congress over the disputed presidential election.
“Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who says he was the real winner of the April 14 presidential vote, has accused election officials of rejecting his appeal for a full recount on the orders of the ruling Socialist Party.”
en.mercopress.com/2013/05/01/major-brawl-in-venezuelan-congress-over-the-disputed-presidential-election
Also
en.mercopress.com/2013/04/17/venezuelan-supreme-court-bars-any-chance-of-a-manual-recount-of-votes
In nationally televised remarks, Venezuelan Chief Justice Luisa Estella Morales said Venezuela's 1999 constitution eliminated manual recounts in favor of a “system audit.”

“In Venezuela the electoral system is completely automated. Therefore, a manual count does not exist. Anyone who thought that could really happen has been deceived,” she said.

“The majority of those who are asking for a manual count know it and are clear about it. Elections are not audited ballot by ballot but through the system.”

Her comments came a day after the sounds of clanking pots and pans and bursting fireworks rang out in Caracas as tensions mounted over Venezuela's tight election results.“

You do know who Luisa Estella Morales actually is, don't you Stevie?

A notorious Chavista that rose to power on the back of the Boli-garchs and helped dismantle the legal system in their favour.
She was appointed to the Supreme Tribunal by the National Assembly on December 13, 2004 for a period of 12 years. Lamuño appeared on national television to read the decision of the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal, ruling that President Hugo Chávez’s inauguration could be postponed. The court also ruled that in the meantime, Chavez’s handpicked vice president, Nicolás Maduro, should run the government.

On December 20, 2012 Morales Lamuño had told the media: ”Given the situation--not the new president, because he is not new, it’s
53 Troy Tempest (#) May 12th, 2014 - 03:16 am Report abuse
continue please
54 Stevie (#) May 12th, 2014 - 12:04 pm Report abuse
ilsen
I see that you decided to have a go at the wall in style... Great!

In a disfavourabe union between Mercopress truth and ilsen logic, you build your conclusions like I build sand castles.

Neverless, there are a bunch of independent sources that, regardless our views, assures that the Venezuelan elections are the most fair and democratic ones in the entire world.

Furthermore, we already had this discussion, ending with Think educating us both on the Venezuelan events.
I clearly remember thanking him for his input while insisting you would be glad as well, having in mind you were so fervent in our search for answers.

But no, seemingly, you didn't even bother to take the information to you, and chose to let time deal with your failure to present a valid argument.

Alas, we remember, ilsen... Now, before I (re)post Thinks link, take some steps back and, in full force, continue your drivel.
55 Condorito (#) May 12th, 2014 - 01:38 pm Report abuse
Stevie,
Are you really maintaining that this news is falsified?
If so, why hasn't Galeano clarified what he said.

Dozens of news sites across the continent have reported his words:

“Eu não tinha a formação necessária. Não estou arrependido de tê-lo escrito, mas foi uma etapa que, para mim, está superada.”

You too should get over it.
56 Stevie (#) May 12th, 2014 - 02:25 pm Report abuse
Condorito
Where is the audio link?
All I see is a bunch of news sites having eachother as sources, while the original source, perfil.com, has “reporters were told” as justification.

Show me an audio link and I'll agree with you.

And by the way, why is it we always need to disprove your delusions? Can't you prove them yourselves?

You lot are the ones coming up with the claims. The burden of poof lies on your table.

Vague sources does not qualify. In this era of information, audio proof is crucial. Especially if we are talking about controversial quotes expressed by creators opinions.
57 Condorito (#) May 12th, 2014 - 05:36 pm Report abuse
Stevie,
I partially agree with you. There is a lot of disinformation and false reporting out there. I just think that if this were false, Galeano would have made a statement to that effect by now.

Also the “parroting” is being done by some very socialist sites too.

I don't smell a rat in this one.
58 Stevie (#) May 12th, 2014 - 08:35 pm Report abuse
Condorito
I am surprised you aren't more critic to the sources than you are in this case.
One would think a statement like the one parroted in these “news sites” would have quite an impact, at least in Uruguayan media, if not in SA media altogether.
I'm sure somebody recorded the interview with Galeano anno 2014, wuoldn't you think?

As I'm sure the audio link would find its way to the public, having in mind Galeano is considered a creator of opinions...

Neverless, as I said, I did expect you to have more source criticism.

At least now I know where the bar is set when presenting ones sources...
59 ynsere (#) May 12th, 2014 - 10:00 pm Report abuse
I am surprised that this matter has not been reported in the mainstream Uruguayan press, and I somehow doubt whether Hughes-Galeano should have had such a change of heart. Think of the royalties!
Not that I'm an admirer of his. Whether or not this man admits it, “Open Veins” is indeed a boring, undocumented and, at this stage, very dated book. Still selling quite well, amazingly. A bible for the terrorist left.
60 Condorito (#) May 12th, 2014 - 10:13 pm Report abuse
@Stevie,
Anglotino has already listed several sites reporting the story. I heard this news item a few days before it appeared in Mercopress on Radio BioBio, a left leaning radio in Chile.

There aren't always audio sources made available for interviews. For example, a few month Mujica did an interview with El Mercurio which only appeared in the printed medium.

If Galeano did not say what has been reported (which is a possibility) then he would have made a statement by now.
61 Stevie (#) May 12th, 2014 - 11:19 pm Report abuse
Condorito
You haven't read his links, have you?
Even his “main” one refers to a response to the original “news”. The man doesn't even know what he posts.
The next two links refers to comments on the “news”, by some unknown bloggers.
The Chilean “el Cuidadano” refers to “según entrevistas” without naming whom he talked to.
La Capital names no sources, but merely states he said it.

Here, let me help you with the proper main one, at least the one he claims to be the main one (a bit strange as the book fair was in Brasil, not Argentina...)

www.perfil.com/politica/Eduardo-Galeano-No-volveria-a-leer-Las-venas-abiertas-de-America-Latina--20140501-0022.html

Let's check the source... Ah yes, he said it on the book fair...

Now, a lot of “news” sites saying he said it on the book fair.
None of them was there though, as not one of them claims to have had a reporter on the book fair.
Question is then, where are those people Galeano did speak to? It's reasonable to think they should have the story out in first person view long before the ones claiming “he said it on the book fair”.

You think what you want Condorito, convenience is sometimes... convenient.
62 ricagp (#) May 13th, 2014 - 01:22 am Report abuse
Galeano is a very good writer with a terrible flaw in his career: this book.
63 Condorito (#) May 13th, 2014 - 01:33 am Report abuse
Stevie,
There are dozens of Brazilian news site that published this story at the time (11 April). He made these declarations at a press conference at the book fair.

You can see the full text here:

agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br/cultura/noticia/2014-04/galeano-diz-que-realidade-mudou-e-que-nao-releria-seu-livro-mais-conhecido

Or on the site of the department of education that organized the book fair:

www.se.df.gov.br/noticias-e-midias/noticias-da-educacao/item/2431-bienal-do-livro.html

The Perfil item you refer to was published almost 3 weeks after the event.
64 Stevie (#) May 13th, 2014 - 07:15 am Report abuse
Condorito
I see your “full text” link offers a picture with Galeano in front of a lot of reporters stickng their microphones up his face.

Where is the audio?

3 weeks and still no audio?
65 Condorito (#) May 13th, 2014 - 12:28 pm Report abuse
Stevie,
I thought you Uruguayans could manage Portuguese ok, Galeano managed. His commentary is on the site referenced. Here, I will cut and paste for you:

“Eu não seria capaz de ler o livro de novo. Para mim, essa prosa da esquerda tradicional é pesadíssima. Meu físico [atual] não aguentaria. Eu cairia desmaiado”, brincou Galeano, que tem 73 anos, O escritor disse que, em todo o mundo, experiências de partidos políticos de esquerda no poder “às vezes deram certo, às vezes não, mas muitas vezes foram demolidas como castigo por estarem certas, o que deu margem a golpes de Estado, ditaduras militares e períodos prolongados de terror, com sacrifícios humanos e crimes horrorosos cometidos em nome da paz social e do progresso”.

“A realidade mudou muito. Eu mudei muito. Meus espaços de penetração na realidade cresceram tanto fora, quanto dentro de mim. Dentro de mim, eles cresceram na medida em que eu ia escrevendo novos livros, me redescobrindo, vendo que a realidade não é só aquela em que eu acreditava”

“A realidade é muito mais complexa justamente porque a condição humana é diversa. Alguns setores políticos próximos a mim achavam que tal diversidade era uma heresia. Ainda hoje há sobreviventes dessa espécie que acham que toda a diversidade é uma ameaça. Por sorte, não é. Ou seria justa a exigência do sistema dominante de poder que, em escala mundial, nos obriga a uma eleição muito restrita, ridiculamente mesquinha, e nos convida a elegermos como preferimos morrer: de fome ou de aborrecimento”

There is no audio release. Why should there be? Is nothing printed valid unless accompanied by audio? Even if there were an audio release you would claim it as false.
66 Stevie (#) May 13th, 2014 - 01:18 pm Report abuse
It's not my Portuguese that fails, Condorito.
It's your affirmation that the expressed words comes from Galeano's mouth.

Lot of microphones on the site, I'm sure there is an audio release affirming your position.

Until then, keep fishing...
67 Condorito (#) May 13th, 2014 - 06:20 pm Report abuse
Stevie,
No fishing and no bait required. They already got you hooked.
It's ok, I'm sure the official news site of the federal district of Brasilia has good reason to fabricate this story. Paranoid much.
68 ricagp (#) May 13th, 2014 - 06:33 pm Report abuse
It it was a fabricated story, Galeano himself would correct it. He speaks portuguese and is a very well informed man, who is always in touch with brazilian left-wing writers and constantly visit the country.
69 Condorito (#) May 13th, 2014 - 10:21 pm Report abuse
“It it was a fabricated story, Galeano himself would correct it”

Exactly. A sane person would arrive at that conclusion.
70 ynsere (#) May 13th, 2014 - 11:36 pm Report abuse
Why is there nothing about the subject in the Uruguayan press?
71 ilsen (#) May 14th, 2014 - 01:32 am Report abuse
Aaaah! The slow, tortuous death of the Left in Latin America.

Por Fin!

I would take pleasure in this but I see too many that I care for that are suffering.

Hopefully this will be over soon and these Societies can move forward to a better future.

They have suffered enough.
72 Stevie (#) May 14th, 2014 - 09:06 am Report abuse
Galeano doesn't read your alternative news, and no major news site has had this as “news”.

Keep fishing.
73 GeoffWard2 (#) May 14th, 2014 - 09:49 am Report abuse
Stevie,
just give the great man a phone call,
with Skype to validate who you talk to.
Simples.
74 Stevie (#) May 14th, 2014 - 09:57 am Report abuse
Geoff
That makes no sense!
I'm not the one in doubt....
75 Condorito (#) May 14th, 2014 - 12:38 pm Report abuse
“I'm not the one in doubt....”

Oh yes you are.
Keep fishing Stevie.
76 Stevie (#) May 14th, 2014 - 01:17 pm Report abuse
Condorito
You are the one that is dependant of and sitisfied with some unknown news site and subsequent parrots in order to prove your point...
77 ilsen (#) May 14th, 2014 - 07:22 pm Report abuse
I prefer penguins to parrots.

Just for the record.
78 Anglotino (#) May 14th, 2014 - 11:56 pm Report abuse
Hmm the Empresa Brasil de Comunicação is now an “unknown news site”.

Good to know for future reference that government owned media can't be trusted in South America.
79 Stevie (#) May 15th, 2014 - 12:16 am Report abuse
That's a government owned company, Anglolatino. Means it's non-profit. Has nothing to do with Dilma and her government, nor does it follow any other policy than to appease to its readers for a budgetted amount of cash.
They parrot too, as they don't mention any sources other than “he said in Brasilia”.
They even have a video on the event where Galeano says nothing of the sort.
There is also a 15 min video on the event on he net where Galeano says nothing of the sort either.

Keep fishing, Anglolatino.

Or go hungry...
80 GeoffWard2 (#) May 15th, 2014 - 12:43 pm Report abuse
Authors have, through history, reversed their position on their tract or polemic.

Galiano is just the latest in a long line of politically inspired individuals that change their position because of their experience of life subsequent to publication.
My Brasilian ex-partner changed from a 'freedom fighter' (distinctly of the Left), to a distinctly Right of Centre powerful critic of PT/Lula.
You will experience the same Damascene Transition as you accumulate years, Stevie.

The problem is that 'The Open Veins ..' Bible of Galeano has become a foundation of belief for the Bolivarian Left.
Thus Galeano's recantation totters structures across South America.
It is that important.
81 ilsen (#) May 15th, 2014 - 03:13 pm Report abuse
@80

Some very good points, well made.

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