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The Shadow of the Sun - Ryszard Kapuściński, Klara Glowczewska
The Shadow of the Sun
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In 1957, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland's state newspaper. From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda, Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances... show more
In 1957, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland's state newspaper. 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 violent, events that followed liberation. 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. What emerges is an extraordinary depiction of Africa--not as a group of nations or geographic locations--but as a vibrant and frequently joyous montage of peoples, cultures, and encounters. 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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780679779070 (0679779078)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
Series: Penguin Great Journeys 0 (#20)
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Rowena's Reviews
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5.0 The Shadow of the Sun
“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...
Bettie's Books
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5.0 The Shadow of the Sun
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Ms. Margie
Ms. Margie rated it
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...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
5.0
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 - ...
Tiny Library
Tiny Library rated it
4.0 The Shadow of the Sun (Penguin Celebrations)
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...
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