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Faces and Masks (Memory of Fire, #2) by Eduardo Galeano

This is the second volume of Eduardo Galeanos Memory of Fire, one entry in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Four hundred sixty-three readers have rated it and it has an average rating of 4.49. If you feel too lazy, tired or busy, or too old and have not much time left in this world to read all three volumes then dont. But you must, and I say this with urgency and great conviction, you must read at least one of these three volumes for you simply cannot die, as it is unimaginable that any serious reader would die, without having experienced Galeano even just once in his/her life.

Volume One, Genesis, I had praised to high heavens. I wish I could do more here, imagine a place higher than the heavens, invent new superlatives, convince everyone that although I might have already seen similar styles in volume one, each episode of history Galeano presents here, in living colors, is as infuriating, harrowing and heart-breakingly tender as when it happened many, many long forgotten years ago.

I have many favorites here, as in volume one, but Ill pick the longest story here told in three mini-chapters. And youll be surprised that the longest could be that short yet, with utmost economy of words, this Uruguayan still manages to tell history magically---


1848: Buenos Aires

The Lovers (1)

Dramatis Personae:

CAMILA OGORMAN. Born in Buenos Aires, in a house with three patios, twenty years ago. Educated in the odor of sanctity, to be successively virgin, wife, and mother in the strait and narrow path that leads to conjugal peace, the offices of the needle, evenings at the piano, and the rosary told with black mantilla on head. She has eloped with the parish priest of the Socorro Church. The idea was hers.

LADISLAO GUTIERREZ. Minister of God. Age twenty-five. Nephew of the governor of Tucuman. He could not sleep after placing the Host on the tongue of that woman kneeling by the light of candles. Ended by dropping missal and cassock, setting loose a stampede of little angels and campanile pigeons.

ADOLFO OGORMAN. Begins each meal reciting the ten commandments, from the head of a long mahogany table. From a chaste woman, he has engendered a priest son, a policeman son, and a fugitive daughter. An exemplary father, he is the first to ask exemplary punishment for the horrendous scandal which shames his family. In a letter to Juan Manuel de Rosas, he pleads for a firm hand against the most atrocious and unheard-of act in the country.

FELIPE ELORTONDO Y PALACIO. Secretary of the Curia. Also writes to Rosas asking the capture of the lovers and their inflexible punishment, to prevent similar crimes in the future. Explains in his letter that he had nothing to do with the appointment of the priest Gutierrez, which was an affair of the bishop.

JUAN MANUEL DE ROSAS. Orders the lover hunted down. His messengers gallop from Buenos Aires. They carry a leaflet describing the fugitives. Camila: white, black eyes, pleasant expression; tall, slim body, well distributed. Ladislao: dark, thin, full beard and curly hair. Justice will be done, Rosas promises, to satisfy religion and the laws and to prevent the consequent demoralization, libertinage, and disorder. The whole country is on guard.

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THE OPPOSITION PRESS. From Montevideo, Valparaiso, and La Paz, Rosass enemies invoke public morality. The daily newspaper El Mercurio Chileno tells its readers: To such an extreme has come the horrible corruption of the customs under the alarming tyranny of the River Plata Caligula, that impious and sacrilegious priests of Buenos Aires elope with the daughters of the best society, without the infamous satrap adopting any measure against these monstrous immoralities.

THE HORSES. They take the lovers to the north across open country, avoiding cities. Ladislaos had a golden hide and long legs. Camilas is grayish, fat, and bobtailed. They sleep, like their riders, outdoors. They do not tire.

BAGGAGE. His: a woolen poncho, some clothes, a couple of penknives and a pair of pistols, a pouch, a silk tie, and a glass inkpot. Hers: a silk shawl, several dresses, four linen petticoats, a fan, a pair of gloves, a comb, and a gold wedding ring, broken.

The Lovers (II)

They are two by an error that the night corrects.

1848: Holy Places

The Lovers (III)

In the summer they elope. They spend the autumn at the port of Goya, on the shores of the Parana. There they go by other names. In the winter they are discovered, betrayed, and caught.

They are taken south in separate carts. The wheels leave scars on the road.

They are shut up in separate dungeons in the Holy Places prison.

If they beg pardon, they will be pardoned. Camila, pregnant, does not repent. Nor does Ladislao. Irons are fixed on their feet. A priest sprinkles the shackles with holy water.

They are shot in the patio, with their eyes blindfolded.


1848, 166 years ago. And it just happened again now, right before your eyes. Thats Memory of Fire. And let us not forget its translator--Cedric Belfrage. He, too, deserves a standing ovation because whether he just gave us Galeano in English or improved on him, he deserves our eternal gratitude--

Born in London in 1904, Cedric Belfrage came to the U.S. in 1925 and began writing about movies in Hollywood. He was a cofounder of the National Guardian in 1948 and its editor until 1955, when a brush with McCarthy led to his deportation. He wrote ten books and novels published in this country, including Away from it All; Abide with Me; My Master Columbus; and The American Inquisition, 1945 -1960. He lived with his wife, Mary, in Cuernavaca, Mexico, until his death in 1990.
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The second volume of Eduardo Galeano's Memory of Fire trilogy, Faces and Masks is an astonishing Latin American-eye view of the New World in the making .
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Faces and Masks: Memory of Fire, Volume 2

This is the second volume of Galeano's Memory of Fire Trilogy. It is not a straight I loved the first volume of the Memory of Fire trilogy and really looked forward to reading the rest. Unfortunately due to the quirks of my particular strain of the literati bug, I was waiting to run Eduardo Galeano was born on September 3, in Montevideo, Uruguay. At the age of 13, he began publishing cartoons for the Uruguayan socialist newspaper El Sol. He worked as a journalist, historian, and political activist.

Cedric Belfrage was an author, journalist, translator, and co-founder of the radical weekly newspaper the National Guardian. English by birth, he was deported by the U. Galeano is a satirist, realist, and historian, and Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description W.

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  1. “[Memory of Fire] will reveal to you the meaning of the New World as it was, and of the world as we have it now.” - Boston Globe “A book as fascinating as the.

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