Walking Words

Walking Words

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Baker & Taylor
"Striking collaboration between Galeano's tales rooted in the oral tradition and Brazilian artist Josâe Francisco Borges' woodcuts in the cordel tradition is given a rich third dimension by Fried's imaginative translation of Palabras andantes. Readers will have to look elsewhere for introductory material, but in effect the book introduces and explains itself"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

Blackwell North Amer
Walking Words is a unique collaboration between the world-renowned author Eduardo Galeano and the Brazilian woodcut artist Jose Francisco Borges - a brilliant feat of storytelling in the tradition of Italo Calvino's Italian Folktales. With the same literary genius that Galeano applied to his epic history of the Americas, Memory of Fire, he here tells, as he puts it, "the stories of ghouls and fools that I'd like to write, voices I've collected in my dreamlike wanderings or heard in my wakeful dreams." Galeano's narrative sources are to be found in the folklore of rural and urban Latin America, but this is far more than an exercise in literary anthropology. Instead, these tales and riddles and aphorisms and paradoxes become testaments to the power of stories to make and remake and enchant the world. Through the medium of Galeano's eloquent language and Borges's equally rich images, "reality" stands revealed as a poor imitation of the real magic of human life and imagination.

& Taylor

Drawn from the mythic folklore of rural and urban Latin America, a collection of tales, fables, and puzzles by the author of Memory of Fire is complemented by traditional woodcuts by a Brazilian artist.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, 1995, c1993
Edition: 1. ed
ISBN: 9780393037821
Characteristics: 328 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Borges, J. (José), 1935-
Fried, Mark


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Mar 13, 2018

Eduardo Galeano's works defy typical classification systems. In this "walking" journey through worlds of mythology and folklore of urban and rural Latino America, he shows us truths that defy time. The structure is a series of "stories" followed by shorter "windows" that provide philosophic perceptions. They are held together thematically by the brilliant woodcuts of Jose Francisco Borges. The stories are not conventional stories. In fact, more often than not, Galleano flies in the face of conventions. For instance, on writing: "There's not much pleasure in writing what you live. The challenge is to live what you write." On politics, perhaps he is too cynical for some: "Free elections allow us to chose the sauce with which we will be eaten." To give you a better taste of the book, a title of a story: "Story of the Female Avenger and the Archangel in the Palace of Sinners". And a title for one of the many Windows: "Window on Invisible Dictatorships". The book does not match his epic trilogy on the history of the Americas, "Memory of Fire", but that is a different genre, which he created for that work. Perhaps instead of the timeworn phrase, magical realism, "Walking Words" could be called "real magicalism."


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