Named one of the "Top 100 Sports Books of All Time" by Sports Illustrated "Between poetic descriptions of scores by famous players, Galeano provides political context and commentary... over all, the book is a winning celebration of the beautiful game." New York Times Book Review "A poetic history [of soccer] that sets the book apart from others...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." Publishers Weekly "This updated edition serves as a reminder that this is not just a classic sports book... 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." Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Since its first publication in 1995 (as Football in Sun and Shadow), this book has been relentlessly quoted, and for good reason. 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.' An indispensible addition to soccer collections." Booklist, (starred review) "It's all here. Everything you should know about soccer, the world's game." -- Los Angeles Times "Stands out like Pele on a field of second-stringers." --New Yorker "[A] beautiful ode to the beautiful game" --Grant Wahl, Sports Illustrated
About the Author
Eduardo Galeano is one of Latin America's most distinguished writers. He is the author of the three-volume Memory of Fire; Open Veins of Latin America; Soccer in Sun and Shadow; The Book of Embraces; Walking Words; Upside Down; and Voices in Time. Born in Montevideo in 1940, he lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for years before returning to Uruguay. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. He is recipient of many international prizes, including the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom, the Casa de las Americas Prize, and the First Distinguished Citizen of the region by the countries of Mercosur.