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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He was definitely in Africa at the right times; during the fights for independence, military coups and so on.

The answer is revealed, magnificently, on the very last page of the book. More By and Shadoe This Author. It is a book filled with details, vivid descriptions, dialect, and history, narrated with storytelling ease. He got cerebral malaria, nearly died, and lived with the after affects for years.

He recounts his intrepid journeys and his encounters, providing slices of African life — though always acknowledging that he is an outsider, seeing just the surface and trying to make some sense of it.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Why there’d never be a history because there were no documents at all, only the oral stories the people told. Certainly it makes for a more entertaining clash of cultures and some fun anecdotes. The language is beautiful. In reality, except as a geographical appellation, Africa does not exist. Because it is translated non-fiction, The Shadow of the Sun is sum for a number of literary prizes.

He walked away without so much as a good bye. It is something that springs to life under our kapusclnski, but falls into a state of hibernation, even nonexistence, if we do not direct our energy toward it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. They impose upon him their requirements and quotas.


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He is masterful at making you see, thee making you hear and smell and notice and this is a great grace. Kapuscinski will zip you across the continent with dizzying alacrity and plunge you waist-deep into the lives of a scarcely known tribe: Goodreads helps you tthe track of books you want to read.

In this respect he is the victim of a received cultural prejudice that assumes fiction to be the loftiest perch of literary distinction in prose.

He breathes in the poverty around him – its raw smells, its despairing, languishing presence. Famous for being in the wrong places at just the right times, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa inat the beginning of the end of colonial rule kapuscisnki the “sometimes dramatic and painful, sometimes enjoyable and jubilant” rebirth of a continent.

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The experiences of over 40 years travelling in and reporting from Africa are beautifully condensed in this small book. 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 experience, living it and detailing it. This excursion into his world makes me even more interested in reading other examples from his oeuvre.

During some of this time he also worked for the Polish Secret Service, although little is known of his role. Apr 09, Pages Buy.

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, thhe entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Ghe dutifully fulfilling his brief, he was also a kind of narcotics-free gonzo journalist, suddenly breaking contact with Warsaw and disappearing without trace to throw himself “into the jungle, float down the Niger in a dugout, wander through the Sahara with nomads”.


The Best Books of We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. But Kapuscinski is from a country that has been repeatedly ravaged by the imperial ambitions of its neighbours. There is journalistic pluck, as Kapuscinski tries to do everything to get his story — so, for example, to reach Zanzibar after the uprising there, and then to get back to the mainland.

View tue 5 comments. 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. A Polish journalist who has written about the continent for more than three decades, Kapuscinski provides glimpses into African life far beyond what has been covered in headlines—or in most previous books on the subject.

Kapuscinski placed events like the Rwandan genocide and the lesser-known Burundian genocide that happened alongside it in their cultural and historical contexts. The early pages of The Shadow of the Suna compendium of further adventures in Africa, find him in Dar es Salaam inwhere he hears that Uganda is about to gain independence.