Genesis: Memory of Fire, Volume 1 (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Memory of Fire Trilogy series.

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The first book in Galeano’s Memory of Fire trilogy about the history of the Americas, Genesis, composed of 308 vignettes, starts in the way-back of mythology and takes you up to the wild and bloody 1700s. Genesis reads like history as prose poetry — it’s the kind of book you will underline obsessively and make you want to read aloud to your loved ones (and, boy, have I). 

— Madeleine


Genesis, the first volume in Eduardo Galeano's Memory of Fire trilogy, is both a meditation on the clashes between the Old World and the New and, in the author's words, an attempt to "rescue the kidnapped memory of all America." It is a fierce, impassioned, and kaleidoscopic historical experience that takes us from the creation myths of the Makiritare Indians of the Yucatan to Columbus's first, joyous moments in the New World to the English capture of New York.

About the Author

Eduardo Galeano (1940-2015) was one of Latin America's most distinguished writers. A Uruguayan journalist, writer, and novelist, he was considered, among other things, "a literary giant of the Latin American left" and "global soccer's preeminent man of letters." He is the author of the three-volume Memory of Fire, Open Veins of Latin America, Soccer in Sun and Shadow, The Book of Embraces, Walking Words, Upside Down, and Voices in Time. Born in Montevideo in 1940, he lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for years before returning to Uruguay.

His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. He is the recipient of many international prizes, including the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom, the Casa de las Americas Prize, and the First Distinguished Citizen of the region by the countries of Mercosur. Galeano once described himself as "a writer obsessed with remembering, with remembering the past of America and above all that of Latin America, intimate land condemned to amnesia." Isabel Allende, who said her copy of Galeano's book was one of the few items with which she fled Chile in 1973 after the military coup of Augusto Pinochet, called Open Veins of Latin America "a mixture of meticulous detail, political conviction, poetic flair, and good storytelling."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781568584447
ISBN-10: 156858444X
Publisher: Bold Type Books
Publication Date: August 24th, 2010
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Memory of Fire Trilogy