The Cobra's Heart (Penguin Great Journeys #20)
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The first chapter was studded with generalisations about Africa and Africans that m...more
I've never been able to get my mind around Africa. Its complexity both geographically and politically make it difficult to understand and internalize. In one respect the book do...more
Non giudica mai, non c'è mai superiorità nelle sue descrizioni, ma un continuo chiedersi la ragione delle cose, quella vera, e una naturale e incredibile capacità di guardare dietro le apparenze e trovare l'origine delle colpe.
Nonostante sia datato, credo che Ebano sia tutt'oggi uno dei migliori libri per conoscere le radici del disastro...more
Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa in 1957, at the beginning of the end of colonial rule––the “sometimes dramatic and painful, sometimes enjoyable and jubilant” rebirth of a continent. The Shadow of the Sun sums up the author’s experiences (“the record of a forty-year marriage”) in this place that became the central obsession of his remarkable career.From the hopeful years of independence through the bloodcurdling disintegration of nations such as Nigeria, Liberia, Rwanda, and Angola, Kapusci...more
This is a book about Kapuscinski's time spent in Africa; during coups, wars, racial tensions, hunger, starvation, sickness, etc. What I really liked about this is that Kapuscinski gets into the experience, living it and detailing it. He's not a removed journalist. In fact, this book reads like a great collection of stories. He talks about the...more
This book is a collection of anecdotal narratives of the events he saw while covering revolutions, coups, and wars in Africa for the Polish news service from the late-1950s through the early 1990s.
Westerners generally tend to think of Africa as a rather homogenous lot, but we're wrong. There is an incredible amount of cultural diversity and long history of warring tribes and nations.
From Ryszard's first hand accounts there is clearly no lack of entrepreneurliasm and of ambition throughout the diverse societies o...more
Kapuscinski was a Polish journalist who arrived in Ghana in 1957 as the first African correspondent of Poland's state newspaper. The career which would follow constituted of almost 50 years of covering the Dark Continent. Kapuscinski is a not just a journalist, an explorer or cultural scientist. He is an artist of words. His reporting is the height of what the writer and journalist can hope to achieve w...more
"The European and the African have an entirely different concept of time. In the European worldview, time exists outside man, exists objectively, and has measurable and linear characteristics. According to Newton, time is absolute: “Absolute, true, mathematical time of itself and from its own nature, it...more
Justamente ésa es la conclusión a la que uno llega al dejarse atrapar por estos relatos, maravillosamente escritos, tan valiosos desde...more
I listed it as epistolary and though it is not offic...more
As a correspondent for a Polish news organization that can't afford a correspondent, Kapuscinski brings a different perspective to his travels. While Theroux visits his old college pals, Kapuscinski lives and travels with the masses. In Africa, this puts him in situations where he can die of dehydration, thuggery, a stampede, TB or a malarial sweat.
The the brief hi...more
Throughout his years, decades actually, as a foreign correspondent for the Polish Press Agency, in Africa Kapuściński never comes across as a man with preconceived notions about a parti...more
There is no aircon in Kapuscinski's Africa - it's damn hot on every page. He bakes, burns and sizzles his way through Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Rwanda, Eritrea and Ethiopia.
He meets coup leaders and village chiefs, market traders and truck drivers, child soldiers and miss...more
Sin ninguna manip...more