By Ignacio Ramonet
Pocos personajes de l. a. historia reciente han tenido el impacto de Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías (1954-2013). Presidente de Venezuela desde 1999 hasta 2013, su mensaje de las realizaciones de los angeles Revolución Bolivariana inició un movimiento en América Latina que abrió el camino para dirigentes nuevos, de origen sindical, militante social, militar o hasta guerrillero: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva y Dilma Rousseff en Brasil, Evo Morales en Bolivia, Rafael Correa en Ecuador, Néstor Kirchner y Cristina Fernández en Argentina, Tabaré Vázquez y José "Pepe" Mujica en Uruguay, y tantos otros. En este revelador libro, fruto de cinco años de trabajo y más de doscientas horas de conversaciones con Chávez, Ignacio Ramonet logra retratar al dirigente venezolano a través de sus propias palabras.
¿Quién period Chávez antes de convertirse en una personalidad pública universalmente conocida? ¿Cómo fue su infancia? ¿Cómo se formó? ¿Cuándo se inició en los angeles política? ¿Cuáles fueron sus lecturas? ¿Qué influencias recibió? ¿Cuál period su visión geopolítica? ¿Qué corriente ideológica reclamaba? Estas memorias dialogadas, centradas en l. a. primera etapa de l. a. vida del presidente venezolano, clave y explicación de su posterior trayectoria, son una obra de historia insoslayable para quien quiera entender el arranque del siglo-- en América Latina y el mundo.
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Somehow I guess my father earned the money, and he gave it to me on Christmas morning. Oh, I was so pleased. It had had a special case. I put the violin on the floor when some people came to visit, and someone stepped on it and broke it. That was the end of my plan to learn how to play some music. The Métis people are great storytellers. Neighbours used to come around to our house in the evening, and that was our storytelling time. We were told, as kids, to sit on the floor, against the wall, and listen.
A Mét is Jour ne y 29 enjoy listening to the stories and the laughter. People use the opportunity to earn a few dollars, selling hot dogs, hamburgers, pop, ice cream, old clothes—it is like a garage sale, sometimes. Some people are bargaining, and I find it quite humorous. Does it hold any spiritual meaning for me in a Catholic religious sense? No, it does not. There are times when it reminds me of my thoughts as a kid, when the priests played poker.
I remember that she would put drops of coal oil in our throats when we were ill, or we would swallow the coal oil with sugar, just a drop of coal oil in the sugar, and that was supposed to cure a cold. If you had an earache, they would blow tobacco smoke into your ear. I remember this very distinctly, and we laugh about that today, blowing smoke in a child’s ear, but that is what they did. It is amazing to me how many children that woman brought into the world A traditional log house at Lac Ste.
Hugo Chávez: mi primera vida: Conversaciones con Hugo Chávez by Ignacio Ramonet