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Soccer in Sun and Shadow
By Eduardo Galeano and Mark Fried (trans)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Nation Books
Publication date August 6, 2013
Pages 297
Binding Paperback
Edition Rev upd
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781568584942
ISBN-10 1568584946
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $16.99
Summaries and Reviews
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One of the greatest, magical, and most lyrical accounts of the beautiful game

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.


Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9781859848487
 
from Verso Books (May 1, 1998)
9781859848487 | details & prices | 228 pages | 5.50 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $22.00
About: Presents observations and reflections on soccer showing both the tragedy and the triumph of the game throughout the years
Paperback
Book cover for 9781568584942 Book cover for 9781859842300 Book cover for 9781859844236
 
The price comparison is for this edition
With Mark Fried (other contributor) | Rev upd edition from Nation Books (August 6, 2013)
9781568584942 | details & prices | 297 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $16.99
About: One of the greatest, magical, and most lyrical accounts of the beautiful gameIn 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.
With Mark Fried (other contributor) | 2 edition from Verso Books (April 1, 2003)
9781859844236 | details & prices | 5.75 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.68 lbs | List price $17.95
About: Discussing everything from the leveling of the Twin Towers to the death of the sole survivor of that extraordinary match between British and German soldiers in 1915, one of South America’s greatest commentators issues forth on robotic soccer in Japan, the mass-production of the game as a sign of the decline of civilization, the amazing success of Senegal and Turkey, and how Nike beat Adidas.
With Mark Fried (other contributor) | from Verso Books (May 1, 1999)
9781859842300 | details & prices | 240 pages | 5.50 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $17.00
About: The passion and the glory of the beautiful game, captured on the eve of the World Cup.
Library
With Gillian Rubinstein | from Harpercollins (May 1, 1996); titled "Galax-Arena"
9780060234508 | details & prices | List price $13.89
This edition also contains Galax-Arena
About: In the year 2026, three young Australians, a brother and two sisters, are kidnapped by space pirates and taken to another galaxy to perform for aliens in a futuristic amphitheatre.

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