Through the Looking Glass: Q & A with Eduardo Galeano
by Parul Sehgal, trans. from the Spanish by Mark Fried — Publishers Weekly, 4/27/2009
In Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone, Uruguayan writer Galeano presents miniature narratives of creation myths and current events from all over the world.
What inspired this particular project?
For years it was growing inside me. Little by little, I came to accept the challenge of recounting the history of the world in 600 short stories. An old Pedro Infante tune helped me out, the one that says the world can’t be that big if it fits into five letters. I am not motivated by pedagogical desires. I simply wanted to celebrate the glow of the terrestrial rainbow, which is much more colorful than the celestial one.