Eduardo Galeano, Celebrated Leftist Author, Dies at Age 74

Uruguayan journalist and novelist Eduardo Galeano has passed away at age 74 after a struggle with cancer. Galeano was a prolific author, but his best-known work is perhaps 1971’s Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, an exploration of the history and the continued pillage of Latin America by Europe and the US. The book was banned in several Latin American countries under military dictatorships, and Galeano was exiled after a Military junta took power in Uruguay in 1973. Galeano also wrote poetry, fiction, and journalism in his long career. His work often combined myth, journalism, history, and literature. He died in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he was also born.