One of the greatest، magical، and most lyrical accounts of the beautiful game Named one of the 'Top 100 Sports Books of All Time' by Sports Illustrated
In this witty and rebellious history of world soccer، award-winning writer Eduardo Galeano searches for the styles of play، players، and goals that express the unique personality of certain times and places. In Soccer in Sun and Shadow، Galeano takes us to ancient China، where engravings from the Ming period show a ball that could have been designed by Adidas to Victorian England، where gentlemen codified the rules that we still play by today and to Latin America، where the "crazy English" spread the game only to find it creolized by the locals.
All the greats-Pelé، Di Stéfano، Cruyff، Eusébio، Puskás، 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 Abdón 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.
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 Américas Prize، and the First Distinguished Citizen of the region by the countries of Mercosur.
Paperback: 320 pages Author: Eduardo Galeano Publisher: Nation Books; Revised، Updated ed. edition (August 6، 2013) Language: English Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly A history of the sport of soccer، the poetic title of this volume، originally published in 1995 as El fútbol a sol y sombra and now in its fourth edition، is a dead giveaway that this is not a purely historical accounting of the world's most popular game. While Galeano covers the sport's origins in China five thousand years ago to the 2010 World Cup in chronological order، it's how he tells the story in this rather poetic history that sets the book apart from others. Galeano، a renowned Uruguayan author and journalist، brings a personal passion to fútbol's most memorable moments that can only come from a true aficionado. Whether describing great games، momentous goals or extraordinary players، each story has that distinct magical realism so prevalent in Latin American literature that it doesn't matter that from one sentence to the next the writing moves from clichéd to poetic، as when he describes the great Pelé: he cut right through his opponents like a hot knife through butter. When he stopped، his opponents got lost in the labyrinths his legs embroidered. Focusing mostly on the international aspects of the game، 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. (Aug.)
From Booklist *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. In impressionistic، almost epigrammatic، passages، Galeano، the award-winning Uruguayan author of Open Veins of Latin America (1973)، muses on everything from the role of politics to memorable goals and the immortals who scored them. Such is his gift that he deftly sketches entire World Cups in only a few pages. (This revised edition includes the four most recent.) He wryly laments the ever-increasing professionalization and commercialization of the world’s sport while celebrating moments of joy and surprise، when the minnow swallows the big fish، or a gifted player inspires the fans despite an overwhelming defeat. 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 indispensable addition to soccer collections. --Keir Graff
"Soccer in Sun and Shadow is the most lyrical sports book ever written... In soccer، Galeano finds both a reflection and extension of everything he loves and finds maddening about the part of the world that has been the central focus of his writing for decades" ―Dave Zirin
"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."
"[A] beautiful ode to the beautiful game."
―Grant Wahl، Sports Illustrated
"The Pele of [soccer] writing....a marvelous book." ―Richard Williams، The Guardian