The richness and depth of Uruguayan literature is immense to new readers; there are endless treasures from every end of this talent pool. Florencio Sánchez, a late nineteenth century playwright that traveled both around the globe and the political spectrum spent an inordinate amount of his work focusing on the history of Latin America. His modern counterpart, Eduardo Galeano, a prolific novelist with the soul of a journalist shares his obsession with history.
Eduardo Galeano undertook a mammoth effort with his Memoria del Fuego or Memory of Fire series. In this tauntingly beautiful classic he utilizes journalistic methods of storytelling to relate the story of Latin America. It is an all-inclusive historical package that leads the reader to discover a continent and in the process learn more about new perspectives than previously thought possible. The key to this self-imposing discovery is for the reader to dive in blindfolded into a history that unfolds in imaginative ways. In essence, that is the simple beauty of Uruguay’s focus on history; it has shaped a people, their aspirations and concerns, and this contrast suggests that history has no singular interpretation, rather is an evolving interpretation.