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The Shadow of the Sun has ratings and reviews. Dolors said: Ryszard Kapuscinski sits under the branchy shade of a solitary acacia and stares at. The Shadow of the Sun [Ryszard Kapuscinski] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In , Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness. In , Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland’s state.

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The Shadow of the Sun : My African Life

Un viaggio iniziato nel e durato quarant’anni, attraverso hhe di indipendenze e guerre fratricide, genocidi e lotte per il potere. It is both a sustained meditation on themosaic of peoples and practises we call ‘Africa’, and an impassioned attempt to come to terms with humanity itself as it struggles to escape from foreign domination, from the intoxications of freedom, from war and from politics as theft.

By living like a local, eating like a local, and getting malaria as a local, he got a unique perspective of everyday life. View all 5 comments.

Te ayuda a conocer el continente africano y a sus gentes, sus conflictos, sus creencia Una maravilla de libro, escrito de manera muy sencilla y agil. Sometimes this takes him on a positive journey but far too often it brings him into contact with the dark horror or vicious oppression and poverty.

There he is, a white man in Africa at the moment when countries are liberating themselves from the shackles of colonialism. Kapuscinski is a master of the charismatic shorthand that leaves the reader knowing all there is to know, yet wanting to know more. It enlightened me about the history, spirit and psyche of Africa a meaningless appellationand made me acutely aware of my smug ignorance about this vast, endlessly diverse continent.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. World Politics African World History. Here is a long quote: We explain to them that there is only one god. In the European worldview, time exists outside man, exists objectively, and has measurable and linear characteristics.

I never suspected there could be so much power within a single creature. Often, the native and the newcomer have difficulty finding a common language, because each looks at the same place through a different lens. My world is getting larger, vaster and richer. In his nomadic life he has described real places – like the city of crates in Angola in the famous opening of Another Day of Life – that are as fantastic as Calvino’s Invisible Cities.


But the gift and curse of Kapuscinski’s writing is that it drew me in, dragged me to the unknown and made me pause to think. Either way, an endless capacity for astonishment holds sway. To exist and function, he must observe its ironclad, inviolate laws, its inflexible principles and rules.

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A place where its people are one with its sunn terrain, blinding light and spicy smells. Chronology is deliberately uncertain, the sequence fragmented.

Colorful writing and a deep intelligence highlight these essays’ graceful exploration of ths Africa. Kapuscinski himself continues to seem astounded by the overwhelming difficulties he encounters, and the endurance of the people.

Apr 09, Pages. The experiences of over 40 years travelling in and reporting from Africa are beautifully condensed in this small book. For almost 30 years he was a roving foreign correspondent for the Polish Press Agency.

Ryszard Kapuscinski reported on African events for a Polish newspaper for over 40 years. View all 6 comments. I’m reading a biography of him now, and the reports of his early years would have been infused with socialist zeal for the causes of African nationalism emerging from colonialism.

A trip around the world is a journey from backwater to backwater, each of which considers itself, in its isolation, a shining star.

On every other page, he is “drenched in sweat”. Ryszard Kapuscinski is an unlikely roving reporter. The torpor of the wretched is matched by a quite phenomenal resourcefulness. His descriptions and explanations give a good sense of the places and peoples. Does this inhibit him from seeing the spirit of Africa? After all, cows are the most important thing! Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

A Polish journalist, he managed to finagle his way to foreign assignments in the unlikeliest spots, a rare Eastern European journalistic presence all over the globe for the duration of the Cold War and, less unlikely, afterwards as well. A wise, engaging close-up filled with faces, landscapes, rutted roads, and the daily perils of African life. A chapter does not necessarily follow the one before, but sometimes they do.


At the other extreme, mountaineer Joe Simpson can function as a writer only on the condition that he remain roped to the cliff face of personal experience. The most critical is probably John Ryles review linked here. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The first chapter was studded with generalisations about Africa and Africans that m Shifting seamlessly from vignettes of daily life to grand excursions into Africa’s turbulent political past, Kapuscinski zig-zags across vast expanses of scorching desert and lush greenery in this masterful piece of journalistic travel writing.

Formally presented in autobiographical narrative but with the intimate tone of a personal diary, the main events of the last century are overtly disclosed: The Best Books of He traveled in war zones. Una maravilla de libro, escrito de manera muy sencilla y agil. Having narrowly escaped death in The Soccer WarKapuscinski was more succinct: Se mencionan miles de tribus exterminadas, se presenta Africa como un continente politico que sus pueblos desconocen tales fronteras.

Page – In the desert, the first thing man sees when he opens his eyes in the morning is the face of his enemy – the flaming visage of the sun.

The newcomer has a wide-angle lens, which gives him kapuzcinski distant diminished view, although with a long horizon line, while the local always employs a telescopic lens that magnifies the slightest detail. Quotes from The Shadow of the He does not shy away from the brutality and stupidity of things that have happened; he drives home the guilt and irresponsibilty of the previous colonial akpuscinski whilst not ignoring the obvious culpability of the fools and, much worse, the thieves and thugs so often in kapuscins,i now but over-riding it all his eternal optimist seems to gain the upper hand.

Ryszard Kapuscinski was the foreign correspondent par excellence, someone who could simultaneously travel rough, report the story, appreciate and approach the local people on their own terms, and weave his experiences into a narrative of uncommon breadth and intelligence.