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Jeszcze dzień życia

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Reportaż ten jest zapisem wydarzeń wojny domowej w Angoli w ostatnich miesiącach przed uzyskaniem przez ten kraj niepodległości 11 listopada 1975 roku. Autor obserwuje i opisuje wydarzenia z wyludnionej i zagrożonej atakiem obcych interwentów stolicy – Luandy, a także bezpośrednio na froncie.
Hardcover, 142 pages
Published 2000 by Czytelnik (first published 1976)
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César Lasso
May 09, 2016 César Lasso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review em português, followed by review in English

EM PORTUGUÊS: Situado na Angola desgarrada pela guerra, nos meses prévios à declaração da independência, isto é também parte da história de Portugal, do imenso êxodo de meio milhão de Portugueses e dos que lá ficaram e decidiram abraçar a nova nacionalidade. E tudo, com o selo característico do sempre interessante Kapuściński.

IN ENGLISH: Set in a chaotic and war-torn Angola during the three months previous to the declaration of independence, this
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Sophie Heawood
Mar 10, 2007 Sophie Heawood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never thought a Polish journalist's first-hand account of civil war in Angola in the 1970s would be so beautifully written that I'd wake up in the night, turn the light on and have to finish the book, but it had me gripped like that. Am now an utter convert to Kapuscinski's writing about Africa. Astonishing.
mohsen pourramezani
ریشارد کاپوشچینسکی خبرنگار لهستانی است که پس از فروپاشی دیکتاتوریِ سالازار (دیکتاتور پرتغال) در سال 1975 و استقلالِ آنگولا به این کشورِ آفریقایی میرود و مشاهداتش را از زمان خروج پرتقالیها و شروع جنگ داخلیِ آنگولا مینویسد.
اولین کتابی بود که در مورد آنگولا میخواندم. نویسنده توضیحات و توصیفات خوبی از وضعیت آنگولا در آن سالها داده بود. دوست داشتم بیشتر حسِ پلشتی جنگ را توی کتاب منتقل میکرد اما شاید همانطور که خودش گفته: «تصویر جنگ قابل انتقال نیست - نه با قلم نه با صدا نه با تصویر. جنگ واقعیت است،
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Adam
Another Day of Life is beautiful, surreal, and tragic reportage from Angola at the bloody birth of that nation that is also imbued with a non-grating sense of something close to whimsy. The country dropped as a colony by the fleeing Portuguese is torn between three armies and their allies fighting a proxy war (Cuba, Zaire(now DRC,), South Africa.) Filled with wonderful described moments and written with sense of atmosphere and perfect details. The fine moments are almost too many to point out an ...more
linhtalinhtinh
Beautiful writing, and I'm sure, also great translation.

This is a very sad story that can tear you up.
The next prisoner looks twelve. he says he's sixteen. He knows it is shameful to fight for the FNLA, but they told him that if he went to the front they would send him to school afterward. he wants to finish school because he wants to paint. if he could get paper and a pencil he could draw something right now. He could do a portrait. he also knows how to sculpt and would like to show his sculpt
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Ed
Aug 24, 2015 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
Impressionistic account of the last days of Portuguese rule in the last European colony in Africa. Kapuściński was in Luanda, the capital and traveled around territory controlled (often temporarily) by the MPLA, the liberation movement that was supported by the USSR and Cuba. As a Warsaw Pact journalist his accreditation if not his sympathies were to them. The MPLA was at war with UNITA in the north which was supported by Mobutu's Zaire--and therefor by the U.S. and France which funded Mobutu fo ...more
Luís Paz da silva
Abordei este livro com elevadas expectativas, o que é sempre um erro. A culpa foi da Granta (nr. 1) onde li pela primeira vez algo deste autor e adorei. É difícil escrever sobre este livro. Ao chegar ao fim, a sensação é a de que faltam ali muitos capítulos, é tudo muito despachado para a frente e, nalgumas partes, superficial. Claro que o tema não é para brincadeiras e consigo imaginar o que terão sido aqueles dias para quem os viveu no palco e não meramente na plateia. Como muitos, recordo os ...more
Whassan
Dec 27, 2009 Whassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Day of Life is a very well-written account of very important but seldom remembered conflict in Angola that was really a war of ideology, filled with warrior-poets, opportunists revolutionaries and sell-outs. It recalls the enormous potential of of post-colonial africa without shying away from its practical failure. What Kapuscinski lacks is a more in-depth examination of the relationships in the conflict. The subtle themes are there but he could have gone further. Of particular interest ...more
Lorenzo Berardi
A few years ago I listened in awe to an excerpt from 'Another Day of Life' on an Italian online radio focused on books. As those pages revolving around a sieged Luanda were beautiful and poignant, I got interested in adding up another Kapuscinski to my increasing lot.

Then I moved abroad and as I had read all of my Kapuscinskis in Italian translation purchasing one of his books in English didn't seem quite right.
Back to Italy for a stopover inbetween the UK and Poland I've finally bought the lo
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Edward Oser
First time reading Kapuscinski. He's a Polish journalist who covered Africa for much of the last half of the Twentieth Century (among other places, I think he has a book on Iran as well), and this particular book covers the Angolan war for independence in the fall of 1975.

I picked it up randomly, and found myself immersed in a war that mattered intensely and briefly for the world at large, and rapidly became a parochial affair that has smoldered ever since. It's embarrassing to talk so bluntly
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Anna
Sep 27, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
A snapshot of Angolan history. In 1974, the Portuguese pulled out of their colony of Angola, leaving behind a leadership vacuum. White Portuguese colonists, eager to avoid what was likely to be a nasty civil war, scrambled to leave the country with their families. Here enters journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski, who begs to be stationed in Angola's capital city, Luanda, so he can report on the conditions there. Kapuscinski spends several months living in a decrepit hotel with a handful of other Portu ...more
Kerfe
May 12, 2015 Kerfe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a book about the bloody and disheartening legacy of colonialism and slavery in Africa. Specifically, the time and place are 1975 in Angola, when Portugal was granting the country its "freedom".

But even before the day of final withdrawal, the peoples of Angola, backed by interested foreign nations (in particular Cuba and South Africa) were engaged in a war to determine their future. The Polish author is living with, and sympathetic to, the Cuban-backed MPLA, who hold the city of Luanda. D
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Gary Daly
Dec 07, 2014 Gary Daly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant account of journalist and writer Ryszard Kapuscinski's journey into the heart of darkness of Angola 1975. At the end of colonial rule Angola was left to fend for itself and from the woodwork spread madness, hatred and violence. Civil war, state war, international war a bedlam of weapons, boy soldiers and death like pin ball machine scores. Kapuscinski travels where people are leaving, he arrives and lives in hotel rooms with no water, no room service, no cable. The pool is filled wit ...more
Patxi
Excelente trabalho jornalístico, feito no terreno, sobre os dois meses que antecederam o 11 de Novembro de 1975, em Angola.
Obrigatório ler.
Sergio Frosini
Diciamolo, inizialmente temevo fosse una delle solite operazioni "l'autore vendeva ed è morto, pubblichiamo anche le sue liste della spesa." Invece si tratta di uno dei tanti splendidi reportages africani di Kapuscinski, questa volta sulla guerra in Angola nel 1975.

Breve ma intenso racconto degli ultimi giorni dell'Angola portoghese, ancora non ufficialmente indipendente e trascinata dalla guerra coloniale alla guerra civile, alimentata fra gli altri dagli ingombranti vicini Zaire e Sudafrica. U

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Phil Williams
Sep 06, 2012 Phil Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for a memorable impression of the tragic absurdity of modern war.
Before I read this book I knew almost nothing about Angola, and picked it up as part of my attempts to broaden my knowledge of Africa. By the time I reached the final chapter I still knew almost nothing about Angola, but had obtained a number of unforgettable images of the universal impacts of modern warfare.

Though the events take place in 1975, Kapusciniski's rather brief but memorable notes on the war in Angola have a timeless element. The abandoned city, the haphazard roadblocks and the uncer
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dead letter office
a polish journalist's account of the withdrawal of portugal from colonial angola and the beginning of angolan independence. this book is remarkable because the author is evidently a serious adrenaline junkie. before the advent of base jumping, i guess you had to become a journalist and insinuate yourself into the middle of a war zone to have a good time. the polish journalistic perspective on a post-colonial conflict (a hot front of the cold war) is also interesting. i haven't read that many acc ...more
Rachelfm
As always, Kapuscinski writes with immediacy and vulnerability while providing a lot of context. As one of the only foreign journalists in Angola in the last days before independence, he travels to fronts that are less lines on a map than pockets of a few soldiers in a truck.

Some of the most vivid descriptions are of the handful of people upon whom much depends; the octogenarian baker making daily bread at the front, the pilot who has no radio, no spare parts and no knowledge of who holds the ai
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David Bales
Mar 14, 2014 David Bales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
The late Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski's classic 1976 book about the unraveling of Angola in 1975 is a real treat. Kapuscinski made a career of journeying to troubled African countries under threat of war or revolution and was a first-hand witness to the collapse of Portuguese rule and the beginnings of Angola's long civil war, with factions backed by the United States and South Africa against factions backed by the Soviet Union and Cuba. Great descriptions of the tension of Luanda durin ...more
Sorin Hadârcă
Oct 21, 2015 Sorin Hadârcă rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always Kapuscinski goes beyond facts, grasping the reality in the details, going for the real persons. Angola on the verge of gaining independence is clear now. The civil war that followed - not so much.
Kobe Bryant
Apr 30, 2016 Kobe Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He makes it sound so romantic
Nic Adams
Dec 07, 2015 Nic Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book that was written by a Polish journalist who spent three months in Angola shortly after the fall of the Portuguese and the rise of the MPLA.
The chaos that reigned in Luanda where the FNLA from the North were creating havoc with water and electricity supply to the city resulting in the almost total abandonment of the capital and Unita from the South with their forays into MPLA controlled territories and keeping the MPLA troops on the hop.
The views of an eastern europ
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Fábio Duarte
Feb 01, 2015 Fábio Duarte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Escrevo isto a quente, acabei de ler o livro há minutos. O que primeiro me armou a lâmina do olho foi a capa vermelha emoldurada com uma procissão de caveiras e fémures negros, Mais um dia de Vida - angola 1975 por Ryszard Kapuscinski, Tinta da China edições. Vim ao engano, pensava vir passar um bocado entretido entre um livro de viagens sobre um lugar que partilho com o autor sem nunca ter visto: Angola, terra das pontes aéreas, onde os meus avós experimentaram o medo, a revolta, tudo isto e ma ...more
James McKenna
Apr 07, 2016 James McKenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-twice
Kapuscinski's writing blesses a squalid season of murder in Angola. The book was just as good this third reading as it was the first. I first read it maybe fifteen years ago, and scenes and characters remained present in my mind for years. He writes about halfway through of men jockeying to be in photographs that will validate their existence after they die randomly in some situation empty of meaning. This book does that for dozens of people who vanished into the maw of war. With clarity and sim ...more
Tom
Mar 22, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not born yesterday. I know that Kapuscinski played a deeper role in the MPLA than he would've liked to admit, and that much of his writing works as state propaganda. If you take his point of view with a grain of salt, you still have a memorable, fascinating look at the beginnings of the Angolan Civil War.

Oddly enough, a good companion piece/rebuttal might be the Jack Abramoff produced Dolph Lundgren action film "Red Scorpion".
Katrina Tan
Feb 16, 2012 Katrina Tan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminiscent of Philip Gourevitch's "We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories From Rwanda". Much less gore, more scattered fights with much less organisation. What is appalling is the narrative of the Portugese colonisation, its slave trade and the systematic destruction of Angola.

As with every genocide, internal war, the world waits and watches, respecting sovereign rights. But for 350 years...
Nicolas
Jan 27, 2014 Nicolas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrew
Mar 18, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kapuściński, to me, is the Polish, Cold War, War Correspondent version of Hunter S. Thompson... going to whatever lengths necessary to find the heart of darkness and bad craziness. Has the front disintegrated and is the South African army about to invade? Take me there!

Also, I don't know what it is about Polish authors being translated into English, but the book reads like poetry.
Leanne Cameron
"Even in the worst situation in which we find ourselves breaks down into elements that include something for us to grab hold of, like the branch of a bush that grows on the bank, to avoid being sucked to the bottom of a whirlpool. That chink, that island, that branch sustain us on the surface of existence." (p 81)
Keval
Jan 31, 2014 Keval rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book soon after putting down a memoir of sorts about another of Portugal's former colonies - East Timor. There are parallels in both countries, indeed in many countries, that were unshackling themselves from colonialism. Another Day of Life gives you enough information about the macro events but focuses on the details of war -- what it means to different people, the realities on the ground. Our author, too, throws himself into the scheme of things and faces death in equal measure. He ...more
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