Ryszard Kapuscinski was the foreign correspondent par xcellence someone who could
travel rough story appreciate and approach the local people on their own terms and weave his Fitness for Geeks experiences into a narrative of uncommon breadth and intelligence And it sven impressive when you realize he s covering Africa for the presumably shoestring Polish communist press Books like these up the ante for book length journalism and show what an absolute shit job the puppets nsconced in the Times and the Post are doing Shifting seamlessly from vignettes of daily life to grand xcursions into Africa s turbulent political past Kapuscinski zig *Zags Across Vast Expanses Of Scorching Desert *across vast xpanses of scorching desert lush greenery in this masterful piece of journalistic travel writing He describes people politics and landscape with ual Winter Sunshine ease The lioness stalking in the tall grasses is as riveting as the utterly fascinating character study of Idi AminThe first chapter was studded with generalisations about Africa and Africans that made my inner anthropologist cringe and is the main reason I am docking this book one star I am pleased to note that he dropped the act soon afterward to delve into the swirling mass of stories he painstakingly picked from his decades ofxperience on the continent He breathes in the poverty around him its raw smells its despairing languishing presence The Kapu ci ski first went to Africa in 1957 and over the next forty years returned whenever he could He says I travelled Naked Choke extensively avoiding official routes palaces important personages and high level politics Instead I opted to hitch rides on passing trucks wander with nomads through the desert be the guest of peasants of the tropical savannah Their life isndless toil a torment they Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good endure with astonishing patience and good humor This is therefore not a book about Africa but rather about some people from there aboutncounters with them and time spent together From Ghana to Guinea Angola to Addis Abababa he observed analysed and wrote I m reading a biography of him now and the reports of his Murder at the Mansion early years would have been infused with socialist zeal for the causes of African nationalismmerging from colonialism As well as immediate reports of Healing Souls events wars revolutions coups he wrote longer reports that analysed the background political social andconomic factors underlying immediate Seductive Surrender events It s these I suspect that formed the basis for this book because naiventhusiasm for radical change had through Seductive Surrender (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot, experience been replaced by a full awareness that the regimes of African rulers could be just as brutal andxploitative as those of outside occupiers and in the case of rulers such as Idi Amn far worse than could have been imaginedKapu ci ski referred to his writing as literary reportage setting it apart from routine agency journalism The uality of his writing was xceptionally important to him to the point where his output was often less than his mployers would have liked This has been an important book for me to read as I really know very little of Africa apart from the outlines of its history and geography and the wars famines and violence that fill our news services Certainly the latter feature largely in The Shadow of the Sun but Kapu ci ski does spend time away from the European nclaves in towns and cities with ordinary people and in the country areas where transport is almost non xistent Without transport he mphasises xchange is difficult and trade almost impossible Poverty is inevitable in regions with no transport Another one of those ideas that states the obvious and shifts the way you see things The Deepest Sin ever after I borrowed a copy from the library and have now ordered two copies one for us and one for our son I d like to know if there is anything comparable that is recent that could look back on the last 15 years I have only read a few book by Kapuscinski one of which was a Penguin Great Journeys book The Cobra s Heart which is anxcerpt from this book I gave that five stars and reading that book convinced me to buy of this authors work including this book which I have finally made time for from my shelfThis is probably Kapuscinski s best known book and is his highest rated book on GR Not without reason This is 5 stars for me and this was confirmed by about a third of the way throughThis book just reads well it deals in detail with some complex issues but it doesn t get bogged down and remains very asy to read and very approachable I guess Perhaps this is a nod to the skills of the translator as well as the authorIt is not a linear narrativ Kapu ci ski was a Polish journalist who died in 2007 and who spent time in Africa between the late 1950ies and the 1990ies Africa was not his only beat but when he spent time there he spent time with the people and shared their lives when he could He was the first Polish foreign. In 1957 Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the nd of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland's state newspaper From the arly days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing thnic genocide in Rwanda Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift and often violent vents that followed lib. .Simultaneously Travel Report
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Ual vents but also his observations I am always surprised when a non African writer tries to understand the culture in a non judgemental or critical way as pessimistic as that may sound Kapuscinski was definitely an observer and tried to understand things that were foreign to him things such as the African concept of time which I found very interesting and nlightening The European and the African have an ntirely different concept of time In the European worldview time xists outside man xists objectively and has measurable and linear characteristics Africans apprehend time differently For them it is a much looser concept open lastic subjective It is man who influences time its shape course and rhythm Ryszard Kapuscinski The Shadow of the SunThe author showed the complexity of the African society the fact that it s not homogeneous in the leastA very Le valeureux guerrier easyntertaining read with passages of the most beautiful and poetic language A great introduction to African history which Snowflakes on the Sea encouraged me to learn about thevents in depth Ryszard Kapuscinski sits under the branchy shade of a solitary acacia and stares at the incommensurable moonlike landscape unfolding in front of him Plains covered with parched thorny shrubs and vast Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy extensions of sandy ground seem ablaze in a shimmering haze that refracts on the journalist syes forcing him to suint Water and shade such fluid inconstant things and the two most valuable treasures in Africa this half historian half journalist recalls while revisiting the thirty years he spent roaming the most recondite spots of this battered continent castigated both by man and the most hostile aspect of nature A place where its people are one with its arid terrain blinding light and spicy smells A place where the night belongs to myth and spirits where time stretches and melts without shape or tempo A place where history does not xist in archives or records because it can only be measured by memory by what can be recounted here and now So I sit down next to Ryszard and I listen to his chronicleWith unsentimental approach and spartan phraseology unravelled in a collage of disorderly snapshots spread out in time and assorted geography Kapuscinski vokes the Africa that runs through his veins beats in his heart and brims over his memory avoiding clich s and showing the hidden face of this mistreated continent He neither judges nor idealizes the African culture Instead he narrows his incisive perspective down to the daily life of cast leaders peasants or the bayaye beggars luding the official routes of mbassies palaces or press conferences to disclose the reality of contemporary Africa Formally presented in autobiographical narrative but with the intimate tone of a personal diary the main Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival events of the last century are overtly disclosed colonialism racism tribal wars mass famine sadistic genocide power struggles and corruption are tackled and dissected with factual crudity Kapuscinski s account is that of a witness that of a wanderer who knows Africa to be a too disparate menagerie of tribes castes and ancient traditions to be framed as a whole The continent is too large to describe It is a veritable ocean a separate planet a varied immensely rich cosmos Only with the greatest simplification for the sake of convenience we can say *africa in realityxcept as a geographical appellation *In reality Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, except as a geographical appellation does notxist One needs to inhale the pungent odor of rotten fish drying out in the scorching sun to wake up in a local hospital shuddering with the feverish coldness of malaria to observe The Fix emaciated children fainting next to markets full of provisions or used as kamikaze soldiers in the militia under theffect of drugs to assume that a useless object like a casserole or a rusty bicycle can make a difference between poverty and middle class to respect tribes whose only source of income comes from a camel or a cow and their culture of xchange to understand that misery condemns most to death and transforms a few into monsters bloody dictators crazied xecutioners like Idi Am n whose demented uest to xterminate the Tutsis cast in Rwanda was ndorsed by several European presidents One needs to live all that in order to Desire in Seven Voices entirely grasp the glory and the conseuence of a place like AfricaKapuscinski awakens from his reverie He stares back at me hisyes full of golden sun and unwavering sadness Sitting under the shelter of this acacia tree I have listened to this man s soul and I have felt The Spirit of Africa I have nvisioned life as an ndless battle as a frail The Casa Mono Cookbook euilibrium between survival and annihilation but also as a mosaic of vivid colors and ceaceless metamorphosis And I have understood that nothing willver conuer the immense lephant of the world nothing will ver conuer Africa and its power within For its power remains in its untamable nature and its nature is its people. F peoples cultures and ncounters Kapuscinski's trenchant observations wry analysis and overwhelming humanity paint a remarkable portrait of the continent and its people His unorthodox approach and profound respect for the people he meets challenge conventional understandings of the modern problems faced by Africa at the dawn of the twenty first centu. ,
Correspondent to cover Africa and *he was always seriously underfunded compared with those representing the big European and American publications *was always seriously underfunded compared with those representing the big European and American publications agencies What he lacked in funds he made up in ingenuity and a willingness to share in the lives of Africans with the result that he got the big stories a coup in Zanzibar is the subject of one piece but also the stories about the little people He went to visit friends in remote villages where there wasn t nough to at He traveled in war zones He met the dictators and sadists who were independent
Africa S First Rulers Once Tr As first rulers Once tr A like this would normally I would have imagined taken me very little time to read because I would devour it in a binge of gulpings and swallowings but it took me a good deal longer In part for the simple reason that I was taken up with other things and couldn t find the freedom to absorb myself in his world as I would have liked but also for the ually simple but at the same time profound reason that there was just too much to take inI listed it as Lachlan's Protg (English Edition) epistolary and though i Goodreads changed myxperience with this book For much of the time I was reading it I was mesmerized by the writing flabbergasted by some of the information about Africa and convinced I was ncountering the continent in a nuanced and subtle and authentic manner I planned to give a copy to my husband for his birthday and to recommend it to my book group Curious about what other readers thought I looked at some of the almost 500 reviews of it on goodreads and it was there that I came across one reader s reference to John Ryle s 2001 review of the book in the Times Literary Supplement httpwwwrichardwebsternetjohnrylehtml Persuasive and beautifully crafted that review points out numerous rrors of fact within Shadow of the Sun rrors that Ryle argues betray Kapu ci ski to be mythmaker than journalist Apparently some readers have argued that some of his rrors don t matter To me they do When Kapu ci ski tells us for instance that the only bookstore in all of Ethiopia is on the university campus there and that it was completely mpty when he visited it and that this is the situation in most of Africa it makes a profound impression me When Ryle the scholar tells us that on his last visit there were at least a half a dozen bookshops in Addis Ababa all with books for sale in many languages I have to conclude that Kapu ci ski was ither disgracefully ignorant or downright deceptive in crafting his tropical baroue Ryle s term fables The long list of other rrors in Ryle s review are similarly damningIt s such a shame Kapu ci ski may have been fearless and intrepid and he certainly wrote like a master But now he s filled my mind with unforgettable images of Africa that I cannot trust This is insightful prose written by a Polish journalist who spent years traveling around Africa beginning in the 1950s It is a collection of ssays that follow Kapuscinski s time spent in Africa during coups wars racial tensions hunger starvation sickness and Though I didn t love the parts of the book that seemed highly dramatized what I really liked about this is that Kapuscinski gets into the xperience living it and detailing it He s not a removed journalist In fact this book reads like a great collection of stories He talks about the racial tensions of that time the distinctive culture of ach country in Africa the political climate the people the food the terrain and his own vulnerabilities There is some sun The Crucified Ones: Calling Forth the End-Time Remnant even with the shadowIt is a book filled with details vivid descriptions dialect and history narrated with storytellingase It is the type of book which intertwines serious journalism with storytelling very appealing The population of Africa was a gigantic matted crisscrossing web spanning the Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series) entire continent and in constant motionndlessly undulating bunching up in one place and spreading out in another a rich fabric a colourful arras Ryszard Kapuscinski The Shadow of the SunA man I d unfortunately never heard of wrote one of the most Logic, Labels, And Flesh engaging historical reflections I ve vever read Ryszard Kapuscinski reported on African Dialogue: Relationships in Graphic Design events for a Polish newspaper for over 40 years He was definitely in Africa at the right times during the fights for independence military coups and so on Kapuscinski placedvents like the Rwandan genocide and the lesser known Burundian genocide that happened alongside it in their cultural and historical contextsThere were many surprises along the way the biggest shocker for me being the fact that the descendants of former slaves the Americo Liberians just about re The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths enacted what they had been through in America when they settled in Liberia among the indigenous Africans It s definitely a reminder of how history is often repeatedWhy I think this stands out as a historical account is not only because of the proximity of the writer to the act. Eration Kapuscinski hitchhikes with caravans wanders the Sahara with nomads and lives in the poverty stricken slums of Nigeria He wrestles a king cobra to the death and suffers through a bout of malaria Whatmerges is an xtraordinary depiction of Africa not as a group of nations or geographic locations but as a vibrant and freuently joyous montage ,