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Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World (1998)

by Eduardo Galeano

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Come On In! 
Come on in! 
Step into the school of the upside-down world! 
Rub the magic lantern! 
Lights! Sound! The illusion of life! 
Offered free to one and all! 
Let it enlighten each of you and set a good example for future generations! 
Come see the river that burns! 
Lord Sun illuminating the night! 
Dame Moon in the middle of the day! 
Mam'selle Star tossed from the sky! 
The jester on the king's throne! 
Lucifer's breath clouding the universe! 
The dead walking about with mirrors in their hands! 
Witches! Acrobats! 
Dragons and vampires! 
The magic wand that turns a child into a coin! 
The world lost in a throw of the dice! 
Don't fall for cheap imitations! 
God bless those who see it! 
God forgive those who don't! 
Rated R: Sensitive persons and minors not admitted. 
 --Based on eighteenth century criers' pitch for magic lanterns
For Helena, this book that I owed her
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The upside-down world rewards in reverse: it scorns honesty, punishes work, prizes lack of scruples, and feeds cannibalism.
The Americas are sick with racism, blind in both eyes from North to South. Latin Americans of my generation were educated by Hollywood. Indians were guys with long faces wearing feathers and war paint, seasick from riding in circles. Of Africa all we knew was what we learned from Professor Tarzan, the invention of a novelist who never set foot on that continent. (page 56)
In the middle of 1998, Vice Admiral Eladio Moll, once chief of intelligence of the Uruguayan military regime, revealed that U.S. advisers had encouraged the regime to eliminate subversives after extracting whatever information it could from them. The vice admiral was arrested - for the crime of candor. (page 202)
Justice and memory are exotic luxuries in Latin America. The murderers of Uruguayan parliamentarians Zelmar Michelini and Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz stroll calmly down the streets that bear the names of their victims.
(page 208)
Like death, old age is a sign of failure. The car is the one eternally youthful body you can buy. It eats gasoline and oil in its own restaurants, has its own pharmacies with its own medicine, and its own hospitals for diagnosis and treatment. It even has its own bedrooms and cemeteries. (page 234)
More than half a century ago, a writer named Felisberto Hernández published a prophetic tale. A man dressed in white and carrying a syringe boards streetcars in Montevideo and amiably injects the arms of all the passengers. Immediately they hear advertising jingles from the Canary furniture factory. To get the ads out of their veins, they have to go to the drugstore for Canary pills that suppress the effect of the shot. (page 265)
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In a series of mock lesson plans and a "program of study" Galeano provides an eloquent, passionate, funny and shocking exposé of First World privileges and assumptions. From a master class in "The Impunity of Power" to a seminar on "The Sacred Car"—with tips along the way on "How to Resist Useless Vices" and a declaration of the "The Right to Rave"—he surveys a world unevenly divided between abundance and deprivation, carnival and torture, power and helplessness.

We have accepted a "reality" we should reject, he writes, one where poverty kills, people are hungry, machines are more precious than humans, and children work from dark to dark. In the North, we are fed on a diet of artificial need and all made the same by things we own; the South is the galley slave enabling our greed.

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