Tuesday, August 31, 2010

World Cup Reading--Uruguay

I miss soccer.  Especially World Cup soccer.  So here's something to help relieve those withdrawal symptoms.  The four countries in the semi-finals of the World Cup were Uruguay, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands. 
I thought it would be cool to highlight some of the great authors from each of these winning countries.  This week I am going to start with the 4th place winning Uruguay.  Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America and has a population of about 3.5 million people.  It is one of only five nations to win the FIFA World Cup on 2 or more occasions.  So, this small country has produced some big winners--and not only in soccer.
Eduardo Galeano--Uruguay's most well-known contemporary author and huge soccer fan.  During his lifetime he has been imprisoned, forced to flee his homeland, and condemned by death squads. His book Open Veins of Latin America was given to U.S. President Obama in 2009.  President Chavez of Venezuela gave the gift during President Obama's first diplomatic visit to the region.  Writing is an obsession of Galeano's--"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."
Mario Benedetti--Not well known in the English-speaking world, but in the Spanish-speaking world he is considered one of Latin America's most important 20th-century writers.  He won numerous international awards but sadly he died last year at the age of 88.
Carmen Posadas--born in Montevideo, this award-winning author now lives in Madrid.  Try her book The Last Resort which is a high society murder mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.
Carolina De Robertis--she is the daughter of Uruguayan parents who immigrated to England, Switzerland, and California.  Try her book The Invisible Mountain which centers on three generations of women, their families, and the political trials in Uruguay and Argentina.

Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano and The Rest is Jungle and Other Stories by Mario Benedetti are on order and will be here soon.  Try other books by these great authors by using our Interlibrary Loan service at either of the Adult Services desks.

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