Eduardo galeano soccer in sun and shadow pdf
Eduardo Galeano Soccer in Sun and Shadow
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 He was widely mourned as a great historian and novelist but none of the obituaries failed to mention that he was also the author of Football in Sun and Shadow.
Compared with this, what we knew before, what we played, was no more than a schoolboy's hobby. Businessmen buy him, sell him, lend him; and he lets it all happen in return for the promise of more fame and more money. The more successful he is and the more money he makes, the more of a prisoner he becomes: forced into military discipline, he suffers the punishing daily round of training and the bombardments of painkillers and cortisone to forget his aches and fool his body; and on the eve of big games, they lock him up in a concentration camp where he does forced labour, eats tasteless food, gets drunk on water and sleeps alone. In other human trades, decline comes with old age, but a player can be old at thirty. No one runs more. The only one obliged to run the entire game without pause, this interloper who pants in the ears of every player breaks his back galloping like a horse.
Thank you! In his dreams, he was a star. This updated edition serves as a reminder that this is not just a classic sports book. In more than chapters, sketches, really, most of not more than a page or two, the author explores soccer from a wide variety of angles and looks at some of the major touchstones, including the World Cup games and dozens of significant goals. Galeano does not endeavor to provide a complete history of the game but rather, set pieces exploring great players, moments and themes in the development of the game he deeply loves but does not spare from criticism. On virtually every page, Galeano uses a phrase or sentence that will leave readers in awe of his gifts. There was a problem adding your email address.