FACES AND MASKS


SOME QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER

How would you begin to characterize Faces and Masks?  How would you describe Eduardo Galeano's method?  What is the author attempting to do?

How would you assess Faces and Masks as a work of history?  What are the strengths and weaknesses of Galeano's approach?  To what extent did this book challenge your understanding of what history is?

How does Galeano make sense of the grand sweep of Latin American history?  What story, if any, does he tell?  How did Latin America change between 1700 and 1900?  What seems most distinctive about Latin American history?

What are the major themes of this book?

How would you begin to analyze Galeano's interpretation of slavery?  Of Latin American race relations?  Of the history of religion and its relationship to power?  Of gender relations?

How does a hemispheric perspective inform Galeano's work?  How successful is he in integrating the history of South America, Central America, the Caribbean and North America?

How does Galeano characterize the relationship between different European nations and Latin America?

Why do you think Galeano chose the title Memory of Fire for his trilogy?  Why might he have chosen the title Faces and Masks for this volume?

Who was Eduardo Galeano?  What was his background and how does this help us to better understand Faces and Masks?

How would you compare and contrast Faces and Masks with Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

What characters jump out from the pages of Faces and Masks?  Why?  What do the stories of these individuals add to Galeano's account?

What sources does Galeano use and how would you describe the relationship of these sources to his account?


SOME EXTRA RESOURCES

Reviews

Allen Boyer, "Review Of 'Memory Of Fire: Faces And Masks,' By Eduardo Galeano," Los Angeles Times, March 15, 1987.


Other Sources

Nathan J. Robinson, "Life Sings With Many Voices," Boston Review (April 24, 2015).

Danny Postel, "Memories Of An Afternoon With The Late Eduardo Galeano," In These Times (April 20, 2015).

"'Words That Must Be Said,'" Atlantic (November 30, 2000).


Biographical Material

Len Phelan, "Today In History: Eduardo Galeano, Writer And Journalist Born 75 Years Ago," People's World, September 3, 2015.

Hamid Dabashi, "A Triumphant Voice: Eduardo Galeano (1940-2015)," Al Jazeera, April 16, 2015.

Richard Gott, "Eduardo Galeano Obituary," Guardian, April 15, 2015.

Greg Grandin, "Eduardo Galeano: A Prophet Who Looks Backward," Nation (April 14, 2015).

"Remembering Eduardo Galeano, Champion Of Social Justice And Chronicler Of Latin America's Open Veins," Democracy Now, April 14, 2015.

Simon Romero, "Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan Voice Of Anti-Capitalism, Is Dead At 74," New York Times, April 13, 2015.

Ashifa Kassam and Sam Jones, "Eduardo Galeano, Leading Voice Of Latin American Left, Dies Aged 74," Guardian, April 13, 2015.

Chris Kraul, "Eduardo Galeano, Latin American Author And U.S. Critic, Dies At 74," Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2015.

"Uruguayan Author Eduardo Galeano Dies In Montevideo," BBC News, April 13, 2015.

Larry Rohter, "Author Changes His Mind On '70s Manifesto," New York Times, May 23, 2014.

Caleb Bach and Oscar Bonilla, "In Celebration Of Contradiction," Americas, 44 (September/October 1992).

 

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