by Galeano, Eduardo | Humanities
Published 03/05/2018 by Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics) as part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
Paperback | 272 pages
‘Football is a pleasure that hurts’
This unashamedly emotional history of football is a homage to the romance and drama, spectacle and passion of a ‘great pagan mass’. Through stories of superstition, heartbreak, tragedy, luck, heroes and villains, those who lived for football and those who died for it, Eduardo Galeano celebrates the glory of a game that – however much the rich and powerful try to control it – still retains its magic.
‘The Uruguayan whose writing got right to the heart of football … readers were never in doubt of the warmth of the blood running through his veins’ Guardian