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

Open Veins of Latin America Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent Since its U S debut a quarter century ago this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America It is also an outstanding political economy a social and cultural nar

  • Title: Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
  • Author: Eduardo Galeano Cedric Belfrage
  • ISBN: 9780853459910
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since its U.S debut a quarter century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx.Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, ESince its U.S debut a quarter century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx.Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation Thus he is concerned with gold and silver, cacao and cotton, rubber and coffee, fruit, hides and wool, petroleum, iron, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminum ore, nitrates, and tin These are the veins which he traces through the body of the entire continent, up to the Rio Grande and throughout the Caribbean, and all the way to their open ends where they empty into the coffers of wealth in the United States and Europe.Weaving fact and imagery into a rich tapestry, Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style that never falters in its command of themes 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.This classic is now further honored by Isabel Allende s inspiring introduction Universally recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment.

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  • Eduardo Galeano Cedric Belfrage

    Eduardo Galeano was a Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist His best known works are Memoria del fuego Memory of Fire Trilogy, 1986 and Las venas abiertas de Am rica Latina Open Veins of Latin America, 1971 which have been translated into twenty languages and transcend orthodox genres combining fiction, journalism, political analysis, and history The author himself has proclaimed his obsession as a writer saying, I m a writer obsessed with remembering, with remembering the past of America above all and above all that of Latin America, intimate land condemned to amnesia He has received the International Human Rights Award by Global Exchange 2006 and the Stig Dagerman Prize 2010.


  • When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez presented President Obama with a copy of Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America during a summit meeting in 2009 the intellectually gouty noise machine of the bourgeoisie began to flap its collective jowls, calling the gift an insult to America, and Obama's acceptance of it a sign of his acquiescence to communist influences. The truths contained in the gift were essentially ignored by the right-wind punditry, because truth and history have no place in [...]

  • Cuando era niño le pregunté a mis padres por qué México era más pobre que los Estados Unidos. Me explicaron que el calor hacía a la gente más perezosa y que en Europa y Estados Unidos, la gente es más trabajadora, logrando un mejor nivel de vida después de varias generaciones.Mucho tiempo después, después de mucha indoctrinación, llegué a creer que lo que requeríamos era un golpe de estado al estilo chileno, para avanzar como sociedad.Luego me percaté que todas esas respuestas era [...]

  • I read this book out of curiosity—and interest in Latin America. I was advised that it was just rant or left-wing rant, but decided to see for myself. I came away with this as the main idea: “in Latin America, free enterprise is incompatible with civil liberties” as Galeano says in his commentary on the book in an afterward. The book catalogues the exploitation of “the people” —usually the indigenous people—by South American oligarchies and by their European and North American affi [...]

  • الشرايين المفتوحة لأمريكا اللاتينية كتب غاليانو كتابه هذا في السبعينات، ليفضح من خلاله ما تعرضت وما تتعرض له القارة الأمريكية الجنوبية من احتلال واستغلال مستمرين، منذ الاكتشاف والاستيطان الأوروبي وحتى أزمنة الهيمنة الأمريكية، كيف يتم سحق شعوب المنطقة لرفاهية الإسبان وال [...]

  • The best Latin American history book on earth! "The most heartening response came not from the book pages in the press but from real incidents in the streets. The girl who was quietly reading Open Veins to her companion in a bus in Bogotá, and finally stood up and read it aloud to all the passengers. The woman who fled from Santiago in the days of the Chilean bloodbath with this book wrapped inside her baby’s diapers. The student who went from one bookstore to another for a week in Buenos Air [...]

  • One of the best books ever written for a general audienceriod. This guy writes fiction likes it's non-fiction and non-fiction likes it's fiction. He blends in and out better than anyone I know of. What beauty, what poetry, what defiance, what anger, what celebration, what satire, what humour. Sheer brilliance. Oh, and he does his research too. Recommended related readings: Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Exterminate All the Brutes, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, The Wretched of the Earth.

  • عدد الكتب التي تنتجها البشرية في كل عام خرافي جدا ، لكنها قليلة تلك الكتب التي وبمجرد ان تقلب صفحاتها الأولى ستعرف بسهولة أنك امام عمل عظيم ، بل امام عمل سيغيّر لك حياتك . الشرايين المفتوحة لامريكا اللاتينية ، اكثر من مجرد كتاب ، وهذا الكلام ليس من باب إطلاق النعوت الفارغ من ا [...]

  • This is an agonizingly lucid account of the of colonisation and depredation of a continent. Beginning with the continuing genocide of the native population, seguing into the advent of slavery and its replacement with hunger wages for the same back-breaking (or in the case of the mines, lung-destroying) “work” as the slaves were forced to carry out, and concluding with the neocolonial extraction of Latin American resources by the USA and Europe; whatever Latin America makes, he argues, its ma [...]

  • Eduardo Galeano passionately recounts the horrific events of the last 7 centuries in Latin America. I am neither a history buff nor Latino insider, so I discovered quite a bit, even as I concurrently traveled and experienced aspects of the region firsthand. It should be noted, however, that the author applies no science or organization to his storytelling. Facts are obviously molded for dramatic appeal (handpicking specific dates, excerpts from JFK speeches, etc.). Footnotes are lacking for a st [...]

  • Este libro es lectura obligatoria para cualquier latinoamericano. Narra de una forma muy interesante la historia de nuestros países, escencial para entender porqué Latinoamérica nació pobre y sigue siendo pobre. Me gustó más la primera mitad del libro; la segunda es un poco pesada y la cantidad de datos es abrumadora.

  • TODOS los latinoamericanos debemos leer este libro, debería ser obligatorio leerlo como parte de la educación de las instituciones.

  • لا تنبع عظمة إدواردو غاليانو الحقيقية من أنه يروي التاريخ وكأنه يحدث الآن ولا من أنه ينفض الغبار عن أحداث التاريخ المملة والمكرورة والمروية من وجهة نظر واحدة بقوالب جاهزة خالية من الحياة ليرويها بوصفها أحداثا مليئة بالحياة لتشعر أنك ترى الأبطال الحقيقيين وهم يصنعون التاري [...]

  • من أفضل الكتب التي قرأتها في حياتي على الإطلاق مزج عبقري بين التاريخ والصحافة والأدب والسياسة والاقتصاد. يمكنني القول إن هذا الكتاب هو بوابة أمريكا اللاتينية لمن يجهلها للأسف لم أعثر على الترجمة العربية لأستاذنا أحمد حسان وبالتالي اضطررت للقراءة باللغة الأصلية واستلزم ذلك [...]

  • Open Veins was a title in the Hugo Chavez Book Club; the Venezuelan strongman surprised President Barrack Obama with a copy in 2009.Open Veinswas written by a novelist in the vivid prose of a novel and the history takes many liberties, making it more like historic fiction. On pg. 283, author Galeano cited Chilean dictator Pinochet leaving “30,000 dead”, which didn’t ring true to my memory. A quick check of shows “various reports and investigations claim that between 1,200 and 3,200 peop [...]

  • A fundamental book for understand the ,social, economic,cultural,scientific and politic condition of Latin America.A absolutely must to read for everybody, in special all Latin America inhabitants.Perhaps somebody in a near future will write : "The Open Veins of Africa : Two Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent"

  • Incredibly informative, well researched and thought out book that provides context into how Latin America got to the state it is in today.

  • عندما زار الرئيس الفنزويلي الراحل هوغو تشافيز الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية عام ٢٠٠٩، اختار أن يهدي نسخة من هذا الكتاب للرئيس الأمريكي أوباما أمام عدسات الكاميرات التي سجلت الحرج البالغ والتوتر الذي أصاب أوباما وهو يتلقى هدية ضيفه. في اليوم التالي، قفزت مبيعات الكتاب في موقع [...]

  • Me tomó más tiempo del que pensé en leer el libro porque tuve que consultar artículos de muchos de los eventos históricos que describen aquí lo que me pareció en cierto modo entretenido, el ensayo me parece interesante cuando narra los hechos que sucedieron a partir de la explotación colona en Ámerica luego se convierte en una crítica más agresiva a los problemas socioeconómicos que ocurren en latinoamerica, que según Galeano, todos por culpa de los intereses Gringos e Ingleses, aun [...]

  • ثلاث خواطر انتابتني وأنا أقرأ هذا الكتاب.‏‏-ليته يجد من يكتب جزأه الثاني! أقصد منذ 1978 وحتى اليوم. فلقد تضاعف الفعل ‏والأثر . والغريب أنّ كاتبه (غاليانو) لم يكتب ذلك الجزء رغم أنّه عاش حتى عام 2015!‏‏-ليته يجد من يكتب مرآته! أقصد قصّة الأوروبيين مع الجهة الأخرى من العالم؛ الشرق [...]

  • ماذا عساي أن أكتب؟ إنه الوجوم الذي يسيطر على ذهني بعد هذه القراءة المركزة لتاريخ أمريكا اللاتينية. ماذا فعل الاستعمار بها وماذا فعل أبناؤها بها أيضا، وجريمة أبناؤها أكبر وأعظم من أي استعمار. لم تحافظ القوى العالمية وتحرص على رفاهية شعوبها وتسوق لشعاراتها ومبادئها، لكنها تح [...]

  • الشرايين المفتوحه لأمريكا اللاتينيةإدواردو غاليانويسعى غاليانو في هذا الكتاب أن يقدم للعالم سرداً لعمليات الأستعمار والنهب والأباده لشعوب أمريكا اللاتينية عبر مراحل تاريخية بدأ من الغزو البرتغالي والاسباني وكيف قاموا بأبادة الشعب الاصلي من الهنود الحمر وما سبب ذلك من ان [...]

  • Mr. Galeano has a unique gift for writing about historical events in Latin America. I have read it so many times that I might need to buy a new copy just because the book is so worn!!I see how some might not appreciate his brutal honestly and his decision to point a finger directly at those who raped the lands of Latin America and took with them the precious resources to fuel their wars and greed. At the same time, those resources were flushed out of our continent with the blood of the indigenou [...]

  • For the past month I have been collecting my thoughts and writing them out and putting them into paragraphs and shaping those paragraphs into a longer article of some sort. But nothing has yet coalesced into a thing I would call a review, or even a passable reflection. This book has left me with a complicated bundle of thoughts, and they seem to still transcend the pleasant shaping of words and punctuation into sentences, and sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into something that communic [...]

  • An indispensable, albeit controversial, book to understand Latin America. A work of impressive scope, essentially the history of a whole continent. Just not to confuse anyone about the ideological orientation of the author, the book is printed (at least in my edition) with a nice red cover. Now, jokes aside, some parts of the book are written in a rather loud tone which many will consider is borderline on propaganda but let me suggest to the adventurous reader to just ignore that and delve into [...]

  • Este es el libro más triste que he leído en mi vida. Galeano no da respiro y muestra desnudos cada uno de los mil cachos demoniacos del ser humano. Cuán lejos llega la avaricia y el abuso de poder, como para mutilar a un continente entero por cientos de años. Aún vivimos en la selva, ahora escondida entre los grandes números, donde no hay piedad ni arrepentimiento. No se muestra escapatoria ni camino alguno, sólo queda llorar resignado.

  • كتاب يعبر عن أمريكا اللاتينية في حقبة من قبل سبعينيات القرن العشرين مروراً بتاريخ الاستعمار والاستنزاف لهذه القارة الثرية التي يعيش فيها الفقراء والمساكين، الكتاب مشوق في أوله لكنه لاحقاً يُغرق في التفاصيل والتكرار لنفس الأفكار مما يشعر القاريء الذي لا يعرف أسماء ومعالم ا [...]

  • La única razón por la que le doy 4 estrellas es porque tuve que leerlo en dos semanas para una clase, y no es un libro que se lee en dos semanas, te agobia demasiado y tienes la sensación que si el libro no se acaba tú vas a ser el que termina con las venas abiertas, sin embargo es el trabajo mejor documentado sobre el desarrollo de América Latina que he encontrado, además está contado de una manera muy amena.Este libro está para contestar la pregunta ¿Por qué Latinoamérica está como [...]

  • Galeano is a Uruguayan journalist/writer who has written a magesterial three-volume expansion on this book since it was published in 1970. It is really a jarring read, especially if you're not familiar with how badly Latin America has been exploited by first Spain and Portugal, then the British Empire, and then the United States. Galeano is particularly critical of the imperial forces beyond the shores of Latin American that have bled it dry for 500 years, but he's also sharply critical of the " [...]

  • When Hugo Chavez recently handed this book to Obama, I decided I'd better take a look. The 1997 edition, handily on the shelf in my library, includes a beautifully written foreword by Isabel Allende. This book (plus ODES by Pablo Neruda) were the two books Allende took with her when evacuating Chile after the 1973 coup. I'm learning much about the oppression, colonization, and economic exploitation of Latin America, and feeling fairly stunned that I never knew about this 1973 book.

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