The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life
''Only with the greatest of simplifications, for the sake of convenience, can we say Africa. In reality, except as a geographical term, Africa doesn't exist''. Ryszard Kapuscinski has been writing about the people of Africa throughout his career. In a study that avoids the official routes,... show more
''Only with the greatest of simplifications, for the sake of convenience, can we say Africa. In reality, except as a geographical term, Africa doesn't exist''. Ryszard Kapuscinski has been writing about the people of Africa throughout his career. In a study that avoids the official routes, palaces and big politics, he sets out to create an account of post-colonial Africa seen at once as a whole and as a location that wholly defies generalised explanations
Publish date: 2001
Pages no: 325
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Polish Literature
Series: Penguin Great Journeys 0 (#20)
“The population of Africa was a gigantic, matted, crisscrossing web, spanning the entire continent and in constant motion, endlessly 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 unfortunate...
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Stunning. Horrifying. Beautiful.Kapuscinski notes several times that "Africa" as most of us think of it, doesn't exist - it's a construct. In this book he offers a collage of scenes which mirror the diversity of experiences one could have in different places, with different people, in different p...
Translated from the Polish by Klara Glowczewska.Opening - More than anything, one is struck by the light.Page 122 - 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.Page 125 - The water, disgusting Saharan water - ...
I love the Penguin Celebrations series. With this latest acquisition, I now have sixteen out of thirty-six, which is not bad, and every single one I have read has been enjoyable. This one is from the travel and adventure range and is a series of dispatches from Africa written by the Polish journal...