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The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuściński

If not, this book offers some of the best armchair-travelling I’ve yet encountered. As well as immediate reports of events – wars, revolutions, coups – he wrote longer reports that analysed the background political, social and economic factors underlying immediate events.

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 century.

Though thoroughly democratised he is inevitably alien, which makes the attempt “to find a common language” more urgent. 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. It’s these, I suspect, that formed the basis for this book, because naive enthusiasm for radical change had, through experience, been replaced by a full awareness that the regimes of African rulers could be just as brutal and exploitative as those of outside occupiers, and in the case of rulers such as Idi Amn, far worse, than could have been imagined.

The answer is revealed, magnificently, on the very last page of the book. In Africa chi ha le armi ha il cibo, chi ha il cibo ha il potere.

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Inspired by Your Browsing History. 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 century.

I’d like to know if there is anything comparable that is more recent, that could look back on the last 15 years. By living like kapuscinsi local, eating like a local, and getting malaria as a local, he got a unique perspective of everyday life.


From the Thhe Paperback edition. His generous portraits of many of the people he met and his piercing depictions of many of the rulers are excellent, and he has a wide variety of good stories to tell. Why there’d never be a history because there were no documents at all, only the oral stories ghe people told.

In return Kapuscinski always offers what he wanted from history: Books like these up the ante for book-length journalism, and show what an absolute shit job the puppets ensconced in the Times and the Post are doing. The essays span the continent and quickly zoom the reader in and then back out of small incidents, large coups, nomadic wanderings, war lords, and everything and everyone in between.

Books of the Week. Ryszard Kapuscinski has been writing about the people of Africa throughout his career.

He went to visit friends in remote villages where there wasn’t enough to eat. Kapuscinski is a master of the charismatic shorthand that leaves the reader knowing kapuscinsko there is to know, yet wanting to know more. Colorful writing and a deep intelligence highlight these essays’ graceful exploration of postcolonial Africa.

I would go as far as to say that The Shadow of the Sun is probably the best work of t This book came as a revelation to me! Opening – More than anything, one is struck by the light. Aug 05, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: World Politics African World History. This is insightful prose written by a Polish journalist who spent years traveling around Africa beginning in the s.

Journeys into the interior

This book takes you shaeow an a whirlwind tour of Africa over the span of many years, many countries, and many different types of situations.

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To view it, click here. From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda, Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift, and often kapusclnski, events that followed liberation. There are a number of points Ryle makes, some of which are unfair eg calling Kapuscinski out on generalisation – I found the author goes out of his way to explain when he generalises at the start of the book, and from then on is careful to talk about specific tribes or countriessome are bizarre his calling out of Kapuscinski over a statement about a bookshop – I reread that section to try to understand Kapuscinski’s timeline – to me it could be anywhere from to just before publication inand therefore Ryle’s argument that it isn’t true at the time of his review kapuscinnski pointlessand some seem to be correct in that there are errors in Kapuscinski’s text there are a couple of mentions about women not being able to touch cattle.


View all 3 comments. This narrative was less about a specific time or place; it became a narrative of human nature and experience. He neither judges nor idealizes the African culture.

The Shadow of the Sun

An unresolvable conflict exists between man and time, one that always ends with man’s defeat — time annilhates him. 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. Honestly, Africa had been outside my radar before reading this. I suppose, in many ways, this is an imprtant service his writing might achieve.

Salman Rushdie talks shaeow about novels enabling us to meet and hear and encounter people from whom kapuscinwki would normally flee, this o does exactly the same thing.

This emphasis also comes through in his dispatches on African nations such as Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Rwanda, which detail how the giddy optimism of the immediate postcolonial era disintegrated into corruption, poverty and conflict.

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. And this point was crystallized in the final chapter in which Kapuscinski muses about history and myth, recounting the life in sn village in Erithrea.

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