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Mankind 'God's Masterpiece or the Devil's Bad Joke?' - Eduardo Galeano

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/06/11/Eduardo_Galeano_Chronicles_the_History_of_Human_Adventure Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist, reads an excerpt from his book, Mirrors. He ponders the uniqueness of human beings when our DNA so closely resembles that of mice and monkeys. He questions whether or not mankind is "God's masterpiece or the devil's bad joke." ----- In this history of human adventure, one of Latin America's most distinguished writers illuminates movements of ideas and society across centuries by recalling the lives of artists, writers, gods and visionaries-- from the Garden of Eden to 21st-century New York. - Los Angeles Public Library Eduardo Galeano is the author of the Memory of Fire Trilogy, Open Veins of Latin America, Soccer in Sun and Shadow, and many other works. Born in Montevideo, in 1940, Galeano lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for many years before returning to Uruguay. His work has inspired popular and classical music composers from all over the world. He was the recipient of the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. He has just been awarded "The Outstanding Citizen of the South," a new prize awarded by the Common Market of the South.
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