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Hunter of Stories

Hunter of Stories

The internationally acclaimed last work by the legendary Latin American writer

Master storyteller Eduardo Galeano was unique among his contemporaries (Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mario Vargas Llosa among them) for his commitment to retelling our many histories, including the stories of those who were disenfranchised. A philosopher poet, his nonfiction is infused with such passion and imagination that it matches the intensity and the appeal of Latin America’s very best fiction.
Comprised of all new material, published here for the first time in a wonderful English translation by longtime collaborator Mark Fried, Hunter of Stories is a deeply considered collection of Galeano’s final musings and stories on history, memory, humor, and tragedy. Written in his signature style–vignettes that fluidly combine dialogue, fables, and anecdotes–every page displays the original thinking and compassion that has earned Galeano decades and continents of renown.
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / Latin America / South America

On Sale: November 14th 2017

Price: $26 / $34 (CDN)

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9781568589909

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Praise

"This is Galeano's parting gift, arriving to us, like
a message from another dimension, from beyond the grave. It is more generous,
wise, and wonderful than I dared hope."—Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough

"Galeano was a master
of the shattered story. He had a way of making realism magical without being a
magical realist. This book is yet another demonstration of his brilliance."—Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things

"Story-hunter
and -gatherer Galeano has captured a covey of extraordinary tales from the wise
everybodies of the world and from his own wise observations. They are
medicine for our times-tales to break our hearts open and restore us our
humanity. To experience them alone is transformational. But to watch
them soar to their full potential, they must be released from captivity and
read aloud."—Sandra Cisneros, author of House on Mango Street

"Like a
magician, combining on the page the arts of reading, storytelling and civic
ethics, Eduardo Galeano conjures up for us long-forgotten images of our many
worlds. If, as we have always suspected, our geographies spring from our
stories, Galeano is our master geographer."—Alberto Manguel, author of The Dictionary of Imaginary Places

"Meticulously
sculpted...with the lively and inimitable voice of a passionate rebel and
storyteller... With a keen sense for ironic reversals and equal measures of sly
humor, empathy, anguish, and hope, this compendium of bite-size stories of
resistance (elegantly translated by longtime collaborator Fried) is a worthy
addition to the celebrated oeuvre of a writer who remains a towering figure
both as an artist and a voice of conscience across Latin America and the
world."—Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review

"Bittersweet it is to
read the final offering of a beloved, erudite, and wholly gifted author... In his
nearly 75 years, Galeano continually spoke truth to power, yet also fostered
beauty and a stylistic legacy all his own... Hunter of Stories is a
fitting, final work of a man who spent his days (and undoubtedly so many
nights) envisioning a finer world for all."

Jeremy Garber, Powell's Books

"A fitting final flourish for a literary giant of the
Latin American left."—Kirkus Reviews

"[Galeano's] trenchant social critique and playful
style suffuse these posthumously published vignettes: some deeply personal,
many fiercely political, others simply wise and penetrating, and nearly all
humorous, whether satirical or self-mocking... A swan song from one of Latin
America's greatest storytellers, this work is rich with social conscience,
humor, insight, outrage, and love. Recommended to all."—Library Journal, Starred Review

"Arranged with a novelist's gift for narrative
sequence, a journalist's skepticism, and a storyteller's flair for dramatic
tension... Each brief entry provides a snapshot into the rich imagination of one
of the twentieth century's finest writers... A fitting finale for a lifetime of
incisive writing."—Booklist, Starred Review

"Hunter of Stories is a fitting bookend to Galeano's impressive literary career and a
necessary book for all those who, like the author, care for the suffering of
others and believe in the power of words to change minds and, perhaps, the
world."—World Literature Today

"A highly satisfying final collection of the
great Latin American writer's ­signature ­vignettes, a swirling mix of history,
philosophy, fable, poetry, ­humor, memory and conscience."—Wall Street Journal