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Read "Upside Down A Primer for the Looking-Glass World" by Eduardo Galeano available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. In a series of mock lesson plans and a "program of study" Galeano provides an eloquent, passionate, funny and shocking exposé of First World privileges and. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. One of Latin America's most honored historians Enter a promotion code or Gift Card · Share. site App Ad. Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World by [Galeano, Eduardo.
It is a voice crying in the wilderness, laying bare corruption and injustice.
Galeano advocates for the poor, the victims ofsystems, the undesirable byproducts ofa top-down global market economy that consumes resources and Uves almost unchecked. Upside Down pushes the edges ofcreative nonfiction indeed, some may not wish to see it as such as it redacts and synthesizes hundreds ofbooks, stories, essays, articles, poems, and songs to form a driven, rhetorical set of essays designed to preach not only to the choir, but to the bUnded and the deceived.
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Many Fourth Genre readers wiU be shocked and incensed by this book, some ofus at the systems Galeano criticizes, some of us at Galeano himself. What's more, the censure extends beyond systems and corporations to individuals—you and me most Ukely—riding the gravy train of prosperity afforded by noble birth in the most powerful country in the world.
Do you eat fast food? Do you talk on a ceUular phone?
Do you drive a car to work or school every day? You may find such things more difficult once you have read this book.
And who are we arming? Galeano focuses on corruption, human rights abuses and exploding poverty in Latin America: Police death squads in Brazil and Argentina, for instance, gun down homeless children by the hundreds each year. He makes me feel very, very lucky to live on the fat side of the Rio Grande -- not proud but lucky, and profoundly depressed.
Analyzing the global free market by its effects on the global populace, most of whom, Galeano says, keep getting poorer and more desperate "Every year poverty kills more people than the entire Second World War, which killed quite a few" , the author offers little hope for change, though he does support those who challenge the intolerable status quo, like the Indians of Chiapas, Mexico.
He writes as neither oracle nor guide, but as furious witness: There are successful countries and people and there are failed countries and people because the efficient deserve rewards and the useless deserve punishment.
To turn infamies into feats, the memory of the North is divorced from the memory of the South, accumulation is detached from despoliation, opulence has nothing to do with plunder. Broken memory leads us to believe that wealth is innocent of poverty.
Wealth and poverty emerge from eternity and toward eternity they march, and that's the way things are because God or custom prefers it that way.
We know all about this in Latin America, where exterminators of Indians and traffickers in slaves have their statues in city plazas, while streets and avenues tend to bear the names of those who stole the land and looted the public purse.
And when the criminal who has raped, robbed, tortured, and murdered without answering to anyone happens to be the state, a green light is flashed to all of society to rape, rob, torture, and kill. The same society that uses punishment like a scarecrow to frighten criminals at the bottom rewards them at the top with a lifetime get-out-of-jail-free card.
No matter how much they burn it, break it, and lie about it, human history refuses to shut its mouth. Despite deafness and ignorance, the time that was continues to tick inside the time that is.
The right to remember does not figure among the human rights consecrated by the United Nations, but now more than ever we must insist on it and act on it When it's truly alive, memory doesn't contemplate history, it invites us to make it.Reviewed by Robert L.
Snakes learn to fly and clouds drag themselves along the ground. Humor, sarcasm and careful research inform his short tales of greed and tyranny in full bloom in ""Master Class on Impunity,"" which displays the author at his witty, sardonic best.
Upside Down is a brilliant map of our human journey with all the landmarks of joy, pain, and lunacy that define it.
Galeano's excoriating vision might make the most cynical realpolitiko wonder whether the strength of the dollar is, in the end, worth our racing the world to hell. He makes the world feel larger. The killer instinct is an essential ingredient for getting ahead, a human virtue when it helps large companies digest small and strong countries devour weak but proof of bestiality when some jobless guy goes around with a knife in his fist.
Upside Down, rife with subversive aphorisms and revealing statistics--to catch criminals a year, Mexico City requires 1, police officers, while London makes do with might well be his best work yet. No one has focused greater moral clarity on the inhuman conditions and radical inequalities that sustain the mirage of the New Economy.
Who else can make the skeletons dance the way Galeano does?