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3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  355 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Pierwsza tak obszerna, obejmująca całe życie i dzieło, książka o Ryszardzie Kapuścińskim (1932-2007), pióra wybitnego dziennikarza i reportera „Gazety Wyborczej”. Doskonale udokumentowana, pełna celnych analiz opowieść o „człowieku, żyjącym w poplątanych czasach, w kilku epokach, w różnych światach” na szerokim tle wydarzeń społeczno-politycznych ostatniego półwiecza w Pol ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Świat Książki
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Lorenzo Berardi
Let's play a role game.

You are a young journalist hired by the best newspaper of your homecountry. You're talented and ambitious, but not that experienced. Among your colleagues in the newsroom there's a middle aged and well read reporter who everyone looks at in awe. Not only this guy travelled and reported from four continents. This guy is unanimously considered the dean of reporters nationwide and even gained recognition abroad.

Step by step you get to know the great reporter.
He's getting ba
Jan 09, 2015 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
If you are a fan of Kapuscinski, this book will show you his feet of clay. It could be a bit disheartening to discover that some of his iconic scenes, like the Belgian paratroopers threatening to shoot him at dawn, or the drunken army officer wanting to execute him by firing squad are, ahem, embroidered. But Domoslawski, who knew Kapuscinski (inasmuch as anyone did, which is not much) is both sympathetic to his subject and rigorous about exploring the inconsistencies in his accounts of his life. ...more
Oct 06, 2016 Kurtzprzezce rated it liked it
Z pewnością nie jest to hagiografia Kapuścińskiego, a autorowi udało się uniknąć budowania mitu polskiego reportera. Książka pokazuje kilka również ciemniejsze strony, ale pozostaje przy tym bardzo życzliwa dla Kapuścińskiego. Jak na mój gust aż za bardzo. Mimo znacznej objętości, kilka wątków zostaje jakby pominiętych. Bardzo mało jest np. o zbrodniach rewolucjonistów, których Kapuściński popierał. Domosławski tłumaczy w duchu Kapuścińskiego, że największymi zbrodniarzami były autorytarne rządy ...more
Timothy Dymond
Jan 17, 2016 Timothy Dymond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘I am living on a raft, in a side street in the merchant district of Accra. . .’ this is one of the most famous lines in Polish journalism - written by foreign correspondent Ryszard Kapuściński. Reporters from the old Soviet dominated Eastern bloc tend to be regarded contemptuously as propagandists by Western journalists. Not Kapuściński - whose books on the Iranian revolution (‘Shah of Shahs); the fall of Hailie Selassie (‘the Emperor’); and the fall of the Soviet empire itself ('Imperium') - b ...more
Sean Mccarrey
Dec 30, 2012 Sean Mccarrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a few parts of this book that the author expounded upon too much, such as "The File," and other parts, such as Kapuscinski's actual travels, and experiences that were not addressed enough. Aside from that I found the book incredibly enlightening on the structure and styles of Kapuscinski's writings. I went into reading this book a bit afraid that it would be a Kapuscinski debunker. But Domoslawski's explanation of Kapuscinski's writing as a portrait of feeling rather than what many re ...more
Aug 22, 2016 Bevan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is an enormous amount of information here, about Poland and what it meant to be a writer in a communist country in the 1950's and later. Nevertheless, I found this to be a very dispiriting book because of the hair-splitting questions raised about Kapuściński's political views, factual issues, and personality traits. Mr. Kapuściński was an imperfect man, but a remarkable reporter in a difficult time. The best anecdote to this book is to read Kapuściński himself: The Soccer War is a stunning ...more
Karolina Kołodziej
Mar 06, 2013 Karolina Kołodziej rated it really liked it
One of the best books that I've read and in past years. Seems to be a result of a very honest and profound research. Shows rich historic background and reflects the diffucult choices of those who experienced the communism.
Ksiazka bardzo dobrze napisana, ktora odslania ludzkie slabosci Kapuscinskiego, ale nie deprecjonuje jego legendy.
Feb 11, 2014 Hans rated it really liked it
Sterke biografie van een sterk auteur
Ben Ballin
Really, this gets 3.5 stars. Kapuscinski was a remarkable figure - Poland's George Orwell and Bruce Chatwin rolled into one. This forensic autobiography reminds me if the brilliance oh his writing, and is particularly strong when it comes to painting a picture of how hard it was to be a writer of any integrity during the years of 'real socialism'. Though written by a friend of Kapuscinski, it pulls no punches about his many flaws: self-mythologising, male chauvinism, unwillingness to accept crit ...more
Rafal Jasinski
Jun 03, 2012 Rafal Jasinski rated it liked it
Bardzo dobra, sprawnie spisana biografia, której autor nie boi się poruszać tematów delikatnych a nawet tych, które rzucają niezbyt przychylne światło na sylwetkę reportera - porusza się jednak w tych "ciemnych" rejonach z wielkim taktem i finezją, nie feruje jednoznacznych wyroków i często analizuje problem spod różnych kątów widzenia.

Najpiękniejsze w tej książce było dla mnie to, że po jej odłożeniu, miałem odczucie ukończenia długiej i pouczającej podróży, niejako obok człowieka, którego życi
Mirek Jasinski
May 20, 2015 Mirek Jasinski rated it liked it
The first time I read this book just after it first came out in 2010, I found it repulsive. This time round I enjoyed it. Perhaps because I listened to the audiobook. The way Jerzy Radziwiłowicz reads it adds extra value.
Mar 11, 2010 Mikolajl is currently reading it
Shelves: political, biography
Za komuny otwarte krytykowanie władzy nie było tolerowane dlatego wypowiedzi często trzeba było zawoalować. Janusz Rewiński w skeczach kabaretowych przedstawiał na przykład absurdy panujące w RPA. W jednym z nich dyrektor "wezwał całą brygadę tej fabryki broni... bo co oni mogą tam robić w tych fabrykach? Nawet jak książki drukują to im ckm-y wychodzą, bandytom".
Mam wrażenie, że obecnie jest podobnie. Za jakikolwiek tekst nie weźmie się dziennikarz Gazety Wyborczej to wychodzi mu o pogromach Żyd
Ik had dit boek al een á twee weken geleden definitief weggelegd. Toch wil ik er iets over schrijven. Toen deze biografie een paar jaar geleden uitkwam in Polen onstond er onmiddelijk grote controverse. Domosławski zou één van de grootste Poolse schrijvers, nog maar net dood en begraven, zomaar afgeserveerd hebben. Kapuściński had zowat alles in zijn boeken verzonnen! Interessant natuurlijk, dus het wachten was op de vertaling. Lees meer
Tomas Bella
Dec 12, 2015 Tomas Bella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rafal Szymczak
Sep 25, 2012 Rafal Szymczak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for those, who stumbled upon at least one of Polish correspondent's books. It provides us not only with a portrait of a famous writer, but with an in-depth analysis of his workshop; gives a fresh viewpoint on his life in a non-fiction way, opposite to what might be expected from the author, close co-worker of Mr. Kapuscinski.
I read a long sample provided by Amazon Kindle--about an hour and a half about this interesting individual. I only heard bits and pieces about Kapuscinski over the years and he is someone worth exploring as time allows, especially as I like travel writing.
Aug 28, 2013 Xroldx rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The biography on one of the most prolific journalists from Eastern Europe. But was he really a journalist? And in which ways was he involved with the Polish communist party? You can all find out in this thoroughly researched and well written biograpgy.
Slawek Pusz
Jan 28, 2013 Slawek Pusz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like Ryszard Kapuscinski's work you definitely have to read that book. It is objective life history of, in my opinion, the greatest Polish journalist which not only contains the best bits of him but also the dark sides. (read in Polish)
Oct 10, 2016 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Objective and comprehensive biography of a very complicated and talented man. If you adore the writings of Ryszard Kapuscinski, as I do, this book is a must-read primer. References and notes laid out in a clear and scholarly manner.
Aug 26, 2012 Chuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, honest, well researched, caring, and quality written bio of a great & human writer. Author does a very nice blend of history, perspective and real people. An excellent complement to book by Kapuscinski.
Read it!
Sep 19, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it
Bardzo dobra książka okołobiograficzna - ciężko określić ją jako biografię. Przedstawia fakty z życia Kapuścińskiego i ich powiązanie z jego książkami oraz jak postrzegali go jego bliscy, przyjaciele i znajomi.
Anouk Tijssen
Feb 21, 2014 Anouk Tijssen rated it really liked it
The first chapters are not that easy to get through, the writer seems to want to prove something, but if you get through those the story of Kapucsinsky really gets interesting!
Szymon Myalski
Dec 10, 2015 Szymon Myalski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: polish
Książka która daje perspektywę i pozwala lepiej zrozumieć książki Kapuścińskiego.
Jan 16, 2012 Rafal rated it liked it
Momentami bardzo ciekawa ale bez rewelacji
Jan 10, 2011 Rafal rated it it was amazing
Wielowątkowa i wielowymiarowa książka.
Mar 24, 2010 Filip is currently reading it
Zdecydowanie warto przeczytać, szczególnie, jeśli jest się zbyt młodym, żeby pamiętać komunizm.
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