Upside Down (book)

Upside Down (book)

Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World (in Spanish Patas Arriba: la Escuela del Mundo al Revés) is a book written by Uruguayan journalist and essayist Eduardo Galeano in 1998.


Upside Down presents the relationship between the developed (or first) world and the third world. As Galeano aptly notes, the former comprises the north, i.e., the United States and Europe, and the latter, Africa, Latin America, and much of Asia, the world's "south". The metaphor "upside down" is used throughout the book, not only in terms of geography, but also as a way to reveal the power structures, institutions and media representing society as the complete opposite of the actual realities of the world's societies, and plight of the majority of its populace.


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