Soccer in Sun and Shadow
Publication Date: August 2013
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All the greatsPele, Di Stefano, Cruyff, Eusebio, Puskas, Gullit, Baggio, Beckenbauer have joyous cameos in this book. yet soccer, Galeano cautions, is a pleasure that hurts. Thus there is also heartbreak and madness. Galeano tells of the suicide of Uruguayan player Abdon Porte, who shot himself in the center circle of the Nacional's stadium; of the Argentine manager who wouldn t let his team eat chicken because it would bring bad luck; and of scandal-riven Diego Maradona whose real crime, Galeano suggests, was always the sin of being the best.
Soccer is a game that bureaucrats try to dull and the powerful try to manipulate, but it retains its magic because it remains a bewitching game a feast for the eyes ... and a joy for the body that plays it exquisitely rendered in the magical stories of "Soccer in Sun and Shadow.
Mark Fried is the translator of many works, including "Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World" and" Voices of Time: A Life in Stories", both by Eduardo Galeano.
The World Cup begins next week in Brazil. Before it gets going, check out the work of an author who has spent decades writing about Latin America, and who has a particular affinity for soccer. More at NPR.org
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