When I reviewed a couple of football-related books earlier this year while two big tournaments were going on in real life , there was a noticeable trend in comments I received on social media. For that reason, he decided to devote time to writing about his love for the game, and Soccer in Sun and Shadow translated by Mark Fried is the result. First appearing in , the book was recently released in an updated edition, extended by twenty pages or so to reflect on developments over the past twenty years, with a few extra comments also scattered throughout the earlier passages. The book consists of a series of vignettes, most of which run to well under a page.
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In soccer, Galeano finds both a reflection and extension of everything he loves and finds maddening about the part of the world that has been the central focus of his writing for decades" — Dave Zirin.
Galeano's Catholic upbringing, socialist politics, and the injustice he's seen as a journalist seeps into his commentary, and gives his narrative a refreshing perspective that captures soccer's spiritual roots, corruption by greed, and role as a global equalizer that puts royals and dictators at the mercy of minorities and slum kids. On virtually every page, Galeano uses a phrase or sentence that will leave readers in awe of his gifts. A welcome update of a classic. Galeano's gift to the game he loves.
The author who pleads, 'A pretty move, for the love of God' has an eye for beauty, a feel for the game, a sense of proportion-and a gift for putting it all into words. Those seeking a history of soccer or a fan's memoir won't find it here Above all, he reminds us of 'a simple truth that tends to escape the scientists of the ball: soccer is a game, and those who really play it feel happy and make us happy too.
Football in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano (tr. Mark Fried)
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‘Soccer in Sun and Shadow’ by Eduardo Galeano (Review)
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In this witty and rebellious history of world soccer, award-winning writer Eduardo Galeano searches for the styles of play, players, and goals that express the unique personality of certain times and places. In Soccer in Sun and Shadow , Galeano takes us to ancient China, where engravings from the Ming period show a ball that could have been designed by Adidas to Victorian England, where gentlemen codified the rules that we still play by today and to Latin America, where the crazy English" spread the game only to find it creolized by the locals. Galeano tells of the suicide of Uruguayan player Abdon Porte, who shot himself in the centre circle of the Nacional's stadium of the Argentine manager who wouldn't let his team eat chicken because it would bring bad luck and of scandal-riven Diego Maradona whose real crime, Galeano suggests, was always the sin of being the best. Read more Read less.
Eduardo Galeano: Uruguayan whose writing got right to the heart of football
No one had more interesting things to say about the South American passion for football. But if he wrote about the trauma induced by that thrashing, nobody translated it into English. Either way, it was a loss. Galeano died this week in Montevideo, his birthplace, aged
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