Voices of Time
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In this kaleidoscope of reflections, renowned South American author Eduardo Galeano ranges widely, from childhood to love, music, plants, fear, indignity, and indignation.
In the signal style of his bestselling Memory of Fire trilogy–brief fragments that build steadily into an organic whole–Galeano offers a rich, wry history that is both calmly philosophical and fiercely political.
The story has little or no obvious plot. It follows a neurosurgeon, Powers, who is in a state of mental and physical decline.
He works at a research clinic in a landscape of hills and dry salt lake beds somewhat like that of the deserts of California.
Powers has resigned, as he finds his hours of wakefulness getting shorter and shorter. He seems about to become yet another Sleeper, one of an ever-increasing number of people who lapse into a coma from which they cannot be roused.
Many Sleepers are housed at the clinic.
Powers records his feelings, and his last interviews with his therapist, in a journal in which he also records strange epigrams, such as “Goodbye, Eniwetok” – an allusion suggesting that increased levels of background radiation from nuclear weapons testing may somehow be responsible for mankind’s predicament.
Along with excerpts from recordings of interviews, such entries drive the story forward and provide a counterpoint to the standard third-person narrative.
Powers had a colleague, a biologist called Whitby, who committed suicide, but not before carving an elaborate mandala into the bottom of an empty swimming pool.
As we find from Powers’ replaying of recordings of interviews, Whitby was convinced that life itself was in decline, that evolution had peaked. Life, and particularly humans, would become simpler as time went by:
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