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Born on this day, Eduardo Hughes Galeano is an Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist considered, among other things, “global soccer’s pre-eminent man of letters” and “a literary giant of the Latin American left.”

He is noted for his works Open Veins of Latin America, published in 1971, Memory of Fire Trilogy, and Soccer in Sun and Shadow.

“I’m a writer,” the author once said of himself, “obsessed with remembering, with remembering the past of America and above all that of Latin America, intimate land condemned to amnesia.”

For instance, what is a good writer, from my point of view? That was able to make the past become present telling a history of two centuries ago or three centuries or four or I don’t know how much, and the reader may feel it’s happening right here and now. The past turn to be present in the magic words of a good writer. That’s a lie, in the sense that what he or she is telling didn’t—is not happening now, but thanks to these art prodigies, their magic powers, it does occur in today, said Galeano in an interview.

He was also quoted saying, “There are some writers who feel they are elected by God. I am not. I am elected by the devil, this is clear.”

Galeano died on 13 April 2015 in Montevideo from lung cancer at the age of 74.

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