Eduardo Galeano, The Book of Embraces
Marginalia and Notes, February 2001
I read this book because, like Arenas’s The Color of Summer, it exemplifies a style and structure that I wish to adapt for my second book: short, compressed, packed chapters, thematically linked over the course of the book by numbers, with ample illustrations, mixing autobiography, journalism, “theology,” history, lyricism.
Addition to Jack Kerouac, shorter, the better. Consider, fracturing further currently long chapters.
A part of me died with him. A part of him lives with me. [What for a dedication page?]
Think of all the words I can include, with examples, in my Lexicon chapters.
Depending on layout and format, consider using little photos (of Mev, even) .
Tell my story; no, tell your story.
Do some chapters, like his The Function of the Reader, on “Reading.”
NB: keep the chapters short. 23
Chapter: Voice. And, Voiceless. Check synonyms. Read the rest of this entry »