Magazine article New Internationalist

Children of the Days - a Calendar of Human History

Magazine article New Internationalist

Children of the Days - a Calendar of Human History

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Children of the Days - a calendar of human history by Eduardo Galeano (Allen Lane, ISBN 9781846147661)

In the tenth century, Abdul Kassem Ismael, the grand vizier of Persia, travelled with a caravan of 400 camels carrying 117,000 books arranged by title in order of the 32 letters of the Persian alphabet. In the twentyfirst century, we can do no better than travel with Children of the Days and mark each day of the year by reading its entry.

On 24 April, for example, we would read that, in 1989, Myrna Mack, who collected stories of indigenous survivors of the military's massacres in Guatemala, attended a conference where an anthropologist from the US said: '"In my country if you don't publish, you perish." And Myrna replied: "In my country, if you publish, you perish." She published. She was stabbed to death.'

On 10 November we would learn how 'Brazilian physician Drauzio Varella calculated that the world invests five times as much in male sex stimulants and female silicone implants as in finding a cure for Alzheimer's. …

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