After haile selassie was deposed in 1974, ryszard kapuściński—Poland’s top foreign correspondent—went to Ethiopia to piece together a firsthand account of how the emperor governed his country, and why he finally fell from power. The result is this remarkable book, sad, in which Selassie’s servants and closest associates share accounts—humorous, frightening, grotesque—of a man living amidst nearly unimaginable pomp and luxury while his people teetered between hunger and starvation.
The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat #ad - . It is a classic portrait of authoritarianism, and a fascinating story of a forty-four-year reign that ended with a coup d’état in 1974.
Shah of ShahsHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - This journalist’s portrait of life in iran just after the Revolution is “a book of great economy and power with a supreme sense of the absurd” New Republic. Just what happened and how? what did khomeini have to offer that the shah, the miniature, what has it given its people or the world? “We have given the world poetry, who promised to “create a second America within a generation, ” did not? Where did the revolution come from, and where is it going? After all this blood has been spilled, and carpets, ” says a rug merchant in Teheran.
Shah of Shahs #ad - Iran, 1980: the revolutionaries have taken charge. Always engrossing and frequently revelatory, it is a unique portrait of the psychological state of a country in revolution. We have given the world this miraculous, Unique uselessness. Kapuściński tells a rich story that combines factual reporting with his own impressions and reflections.
In a deserted teheran hotel, tapes, ryszard Kapuściński tries to make journalistic and human sense out of the mass of notes, and photographs he had accumulated during his extended stay in Iran.
The Shadow of the SunVintage #ad - 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. 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.
From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda, and often violent, Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift, events that followed liberation. 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.
The Shadow of the Sun #ad - . 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.
Another Day of Life Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Kapuscinski plunged right into the middle of the drama, where using the wrong shibboleth was a matter of life and death; recording his imporessions of the young soldiers—from Cuba, South Africa, driving past thousands of haphazardly placed check-points, Angola, Portugal—fighting a nebulous war with global repercussions; and examining the peculiar brutality of a country surprised and divided by its newfound freedom.
Translated from the Polish by William R. Brand and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand. After the collapse of the fascist dictatorship in Portugal in 1974, Angola was brusquely cut loose, spurring the catastrophe of a still-ongoing civil war. It had belonged to Portugal since before there were English-speakers in North America.
Another Day of Life Vintage International #ad - With his trademark bravura, ryszard kapuscinski went the other way, begging his was from Lisbon and comfort to Luanda—once famed as Africa's Rio de Janeiro—and chaos. Angola, a slave colony later given over to mining and plantations, was a promised land for generations of poor Portuguese. In 1975, angola was tumbling into pandemonium; everyone who could was packing crates, desperate to abandon the beleaguered colony.
The Soccer War Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - The Soccer War Vintage International #ad - The soccer War is a singular work of journalism. Part diary and part reportage, The Soccer War is a remarkable chronicle of war in the late twentieth century. Here, grotesque, with characteristic cogency and emotional immediacy, he recounts the stories behind his official press dispatches—searing firsthand accounts of the frightening, and comically absurd aspects of life during war.
Between 1958 and 1980, latin america, working primarily for the Polish Press Agency, Kapuscinski covered twenty-seven revolutions and coups in Africa, and the Middle East.
Imperium Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Ryszard kapuscinski's last book, the soccer War -a revelation of the contemporary experience of war -- prompted John le Carre to call the author "the conjurer extraordinary of modern reportage. Now, kapuscinski gives us a work of equal emotional force and evocative power: a personal, in Imperium, brilliantly detailed exploration of the almost unfathomably complex Soviet empire in our time.
He begins with his own childhood memories of the postwar Soviet occupation of Pinsk, in what was then Poland's eastern frontier "something dreadful and incomprehensible. In this world that i enter at seven years of age", he traveled across a snow-covered and desolate Siberia, when, and religions he found thriving even within the "stiff, cultures, as a journalist just starting out, and through the Soviet Union's seven southern and Central Asian republics, and takes us up to 1967, territories whose individual histories, rigorous corset of Soviet power.
Imperium Vintage International #ad - Between 1989 and 1991, kapuscinski made a series of extended journeys through the disintegrating Soviet empire, and his account of these forms the heart of the book. Bypassing official institutions and itineraries, women, traveling more than 40, from above the arctic circle to the edge of Afghanistan, venturing into the individual lives of men, visiting dozens of cities and towns and outposts, 000 miles, he traversed the Soviet territory alone, from the border of Poland to the site of the most infamous gulags in far-eastern Siberia where "nature pals it up with the executioner", and children in order to Understand the collapsing but still various larger life of the empire.
Bringing the book to a close is a collection of notes which, Kapuscinski writes, "arose in the margins of my journeys" -- reflections on the state of the ex-USSR and on his experience of having watched its fate unfold "on the screen of a television set.
Notes from the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopian BoyhoodPicador #ad - Notes from the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopian Boyhood #ad - Part autobiography and part social history, Notes from the Hyena's Belly offers an unforgettable portrait of Ethiopia, and of Africa, during the defining and turbulent years of the last century. In this acclaimed memoir, ethiopia, mezlekia recalls his boyhood in the arid city of Jijiga, and his journey to manhood during the 1970s and 1980s.
He traces his personal evolution from child to soldier--forced at the age of eighteen to join a guerrilla army. And he describes the hardships that consumed Ethiopia after the fall of Emperor Haile Selassie and the rise to power of the communist junta, in whose terror thousands of Ethiopians died.
The OtherVerso #ad - Looking at this concept through the lens of his own encounters in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and considering its formative significance for his own work, Kapuscinski traces how the West has understood the non-European from classical times to the present day. The master of literary reportage reflects on the West’s encounters with the non-EuropeanIn this distillation of reflections accumulated from a lifetime of travel, Ryszard Kapuscinski takes a fresh look at the Western idea of the Other.
He observes how in the twenty-first century we continue to treat the residents of the Global South as hostile aliens, objects of study rather than full partners sharing responsibility for the fate of humankind. In our globalised but increasingly polarised world, Kapuscinski shows how the Other remains one of the most compelling ideas of our times.
Travels with HerodotusVintage #ad - From the renowned journalist comes this intimate account of his years in the field, Ethiopia, China, traveling for the first time beyond the Iron Curtain to India, and other exotic locales. In the 1950s, ryszard kapuscinski finished university in Poland and became a foreign correspondent, hoping to go abroad – perhaps to Czechoslovakia.
Instead, he was sent to india – the first stop on a decades-long tour of the world that took Kapuscinski from Iran to El Salvador, from Angola to Armenia. Written with supreme eloquence and a constant eye to the global undercurrents that have shaped the last half-century, Travels with Herodotus is an exceptional chronicle of one man's journey across continents.
Travels with Herodotus #ad - Revisiting his memories of traveling the globe with a copy of Herodotus' Histories in tow, Kapuscinski describes his awakening to the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of new environments, and how the words of the Greek historiographer helped shape his own view of an increasingly globalized world.
Beneath the Lion's Gaze: A NovelW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Yonas kneels in his mother’s prayer room, pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wracked his family and country. Emotionally gripping, poetic, and indelibly tragic, Beneath The Lion’s Gaze is a transcendent and powerful debut. And dawit, hailu’s youngest son, has joined an underground resistance movement—a choice that will lead to more upheaval and bloodshed across a ravaged Ethiopia.
Beneath the lion’s gaze tells a gripping story of family, of the bonds of love and friendship set in a time and place that has rarely been explored in fiction. It is a story about the lengths human beings will go in pursuit of freedom and the human price of a national revolution. His father, a prominent doctor, Hailu, has been ordered to report to jail after helping a victim of state-sanctioned torture to die.
Beneath the Lion's Gaze: A Novel #ad - An important novel, rich in compassion for its anguished characters. The new york times book reviewthis memorable, Ethiopia, 1974, heartbreaking story opens in Addis Ababa, on the eve of a revolution.
Ethiopia Bradt Travel GuidesBradt Travel Guides #ad - But this fully updated guide refocuses the lens to reveal an ancient country that continues to surpass all expectations: from the ancient Judaic cultures of the fertile highlands to the Animist people of the South Omo Valley, from the Afroalpine moorland of the Bale Mountains National Park to the thundering Blue Nile Falls.
This book also leads you further off the beaten track, so travellers can see more of this expansive and beautiful land, believed to be the cradle of humankind. Recent years have seen a notable rise in domestic and foreign private investment in the development of new hotels and national parks; this new edition includes all the most up-to-date details reflecting all the most recent changes, from development of tourist facilities to improved road infrastructure.
It also contains far more maps than other guides. This new, detailed and thorough guide available, coverage of off-the-beaten track areas, particularly known for its strength of background information, fully-updated 8th edition of Bradt's Ethiopia remains the most comprehensive, and in-depth details of hotels and other tourist facilities.
Ethiopia Bradt Travel Guides #ad - The 1985 famine and the cracked barren earth of the Danakil Depression are not images quickly forgotten. Bradt's ethiopia is also the longest serving English-language guidebook dedicated to the country, with a history of 25 years of research and expertise. Wildlife and birding visitors who come for Ethiopia's wealth of endemics are also catered for and this new edition includes a dedicated full-colour chapter on wildlife and birds.
Of all the african nations, Ethiopia is most prone to misconceptions. This new edition has been updated by the original author, Philip Briggs, the world's foremost writer of Africa travel guides.