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Celebrated South American historical author Eduardo Galeano at BYU May 26

Eduardo Galeano, a celebrated South American historical author, will visit Brigham Young University to discuss his new book, “Voices of Time: A Life in Stories,” Friday, May 26, at noon in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

Galeano’s book covers his life and personal contemplations on a wide variety of topics, ranging from childhood to nature and philosophy to politics. Patrick Madden, a BYU English professor and friend of Galeano, said the author writes with a strong sense of purpose, which motivates people to action.

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Galeano sold his first political cartoon to a major newspaper at the age of 14. In the 1960s, he served as editor of Marcha, the most influential and widely circulated weekly journal in Latin America.

After being imprisoned and later forced to leave Uruguay, Galeano settled in Argentina where he founded the cultural magazine, Crisis. He fled to Spain when a new regime took control of Argentina and his name was placed on death lists.

While in Spain, Galeano wrote his famous trilogy, “Memoria del fuego,” which recounts a history of the Americas from the pre-Columbian period through the 20th century.

Galeano has won literary prizes throughout the world, including the American Book Award and the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom for his contributions to “the struggle for human rights and justice.”

For more information, contact Mike Hooper at (801) 422-6687.

Writer: Mike Hooper

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