Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, an icon of the Latin American left who chronicled the region’s injustices in a career that spanned decades and crossed genres, died Monday at age 74. Galeano, whose 1971 essay ‘Open Veins of Latin America’ is considered by many leftists to be the seminal history of the region, was hospitalized last week in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo, said officials at the CASMU hospital. He had been suffering from lung cancer. Galeano’s work blended genres, including journalism, fiction, essays and the drawings he used to illustrate works such as ‘The Book of Embraces,’ a collection of vignettes charged with politics, flawed humanity and lyrical prose. He was known for chronicling the deep injustices of Latin America, but also for his love affair with the region’s contrasts and culture, including a deep passion

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