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‘Children of the Days’ by Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano’s mind is a beach he patrols picking up shells. Indiscriminately, and many of them quite ordinary, but a few recall the sea creatures that once inhabited them.

“Children of the Days” is a sequel of sorts to the Uruguayan writer’s three-part “Memory of Fire,” hundreds of brief epigrammatic paragraphs, only seemingly detached from each other. Together they are an anthology from the left that attaches kennel-club ribbons to the underdogs of Latin America, past and present, and fierce-biting fleas to the overdogs: the colonial invaders, the tyrants, capitalists of all sorts, and most especially the United States.

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