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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One learns a great deal about the history of Africa—and why in a sense there was no history until the Europeans started to divide Africa up into colonies and zones of interest. Quotes from The Shadow of the May 13, Jeannette rated it it was ok.

A place where its people are one with its arid terrain, blinding light and spicy smells. Once traveling with Greek correspondent in the region kapuscnski Lake Victoria, he took refuge in a hut where he collapsed, exhausted, into a bunk only to discover a huge Egyptian cobra coiled underneath. He went to visit friends in remote villages where there wasn’t enough to eat.

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He and the Greek threw their weight behind a huge metal container their only weapon and tried to crush it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The progression in the book, from then to the present day, is one thf the initial hope that independence brought — dreams of wealth and bright futures — to the terrors wrought by the pathetic tyrants that assumed power in so many places to the contemporary jumble that still is Africa.

As well as immediate reports of events – wars, revolutions, coups – he wrote longer reports that analysed the background political, kapyscinski and economic factors underlying immediate events.


At the other extreme, mountaineer Ssun Simpson can function as a writer only on the condition that he remain roped to the cliff face of personal experience. It is doing today with the Dinka and the Nuer what Stalin did with the Ukranians kapuscimski His daring – actual and literary – is underwritten by an awareness of how politics complicates empathy, and of how sympathy implicates politics.

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.

Child soldiers, genocide, and the spectre of death haunt these pages. We explain to them that there is only one god.

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The stories — of Liberia, in particular, but also elsewhere — are stunning, describing the havoc these contemptible, ill-educated, pathetic “leaders” cause, with horrific and lasting consequences.

He is not being naive or sentimental: As an introduction to the mosaic of life that is known as “Africa” The Shadow of the Sun did shadoe disappoint. See all books by Ryszard Kapuscinski. I have only read a few book by Kapuscinski, one of which was a Penguin Great Journeys book The Cobra’s Heartwhich is an excerpt from this book.

He met the dictators and sadists who were independent Africa’s first rulers. Also in Vintage International. Honestly, Africa had been outside my radar before reading this. Kapuscinski provides us with more questions than answers, provokes our curiosity, gives us just enough facts to start craving for more.

Kapuscindki and try again. For almost 30 years he was a roving foreign correspondent for the Polish Press Agency. So it was with great anticipation that I looked forward to reading earlier works by Ryszard Sin. He got cerebral malaria, nearly aun, and lived with the after affects for years.

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Experience is only the beginning – and some writers need more of it than others. The hardships are real and everywhere. 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. A place of utmost complex diversity there’s no generalization can capture it.

Se mencionan miles de tribus exterminadas, se presenta Africa como un continente politico que sus pueblos desconocen tales fronteras. A great imaginative writer, he goes way kapusfinski the material he is pro cessing. Chronology is deliberately uncertain, the sequence fragmented. Characters from a dozen mini-novels stray briefly into view and then move on: He also specializes, it seems, in the obscurer and more troubled spots of what is known as the Third World, especially — though not exclusively — in Africa.

I’d like to know if there is anything comparable that is more recent, that could look back on kapsucinski last 15 years. Ryszard Kapuscinski has been writing about the people of Africa throughout his career. Kapuscinnski place kapuscknski history does not exist in archives or records because it can only be measured by memory, by what can be recounted here and now. Kapuscinski also reaches the odd and extreme places — Ethiopian Lalibela with its famed churches inthe great Nigerian market town of Onitsha with its market literature — as well as describing scenes from everyday African life, far off most beaten paths.