Football in Sun and Shadow


by Galeano, Eduardo

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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