Voices of Time By Eduardo Galeano
Translated by Mark Fried
Metropolitan 368pp., $25
This Uruguayan author's vignettes stitch together tales of wonder and terror, love and war, and just about everything in between. Are these koans, fables, experiences, or testimonials? And why is a passage about Diego Maradona shimmying up next to ones about Rigoberta Menchï¿½, Sebastiï¿½o Salgado, Josï¿½ Saramago's grandfather, and an anonymous tango singer? Because Galeano, author of the groundbreaking "Memory of Fire" trilogy, is a collector of stories, a clairvoyant reared in the cafï¿½s of Montevideo, who carries with him a multitude.