Stories of our century: “Century of the wind”

This programme is part of the series Stories of Our Century
Diego Rivera’s History of Mexico mural in the National Palace in Mexico City (© Wikipedia)

In 1999, Radio Netherlands broadcast a series of 12 programmes telling the story of the 20th century through famous books. In each programme, a guest speaker gives us the historical background behind the story in the book and tells us about the actual events that inspired it.

“Century of the Wind” is the third book in the trilogy “Memory of Fire”, written by the Uruguayan writer, journalist and poet Eduardo Galeano (1940-2015) and published in the 1980’s. It is a sweeping chronicle of life in Latin America in the 20th century by a writer with a deep political commitment and whose books are ranked among the best of his age and culture.

The guest speaker is Gustavo San Román, a Uruguayan writer and lecturer in Spanish and Latin American literature at the University of St. Andrews in Great Britain.

Producer: Maggie Ayre

Broadcast: 1999

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