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When recent college graduate Ryszard Kapuscinski told his Polish editor that he'd like to work abroad, he had his eyes set on nothing more ambitious than a Prague sabbatical. Instead, his boss dispatched him to India. Thus began the eventful career of a foreign correspondent who was frequently mentioned as a favorite to win the Nobel Prize. Kapuscinski died before he could ...more
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published 2008 by Agora (first published September 28th 2004)
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Richard
Oct 07, 2012 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: Excellent review in The Economist
(The review in the Economist which recommended this book to me is here, and their obituary of Kapuściński is also available, here.)

I’ve recently been categorizing my reading material into “fast” and “slow”, but after reading Kapuściński’s Travels with Herodotus I think I need to rethink the “slow” category.

Fast books are those that pull you along without any effort — page-turners. Slow books are those that take more time. Sometimes when I glance at the stack of books waiting their turn on the be
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Emanuela
Non avrei avuto il coraggio di affrontare "Le Storie" di Erodoto anche se ne sono sempre stata incuriosita. La mediazione che ne fa Kapuscinski merita perché l'autore le inframmezza alle proprie esperienze di reporter che desidera con tutte le proprie forze varcare i confini e vedere cosa c'è oltre la propria nazione, la Polonia.

Così le guerre persiane raccontate dal greco si alternano ai primi viaggi del polacco in India, Cina, Africa nella seconda metà del secolo scorso caratterizzata, come ne
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Jimmy
Sometimes here on Goodreads I'll read a review that combines an actual review of the book and a personal narrative (where the reviewer might tell you a story of how they came upon the book, or some experience they had a while ago that has parallels to the book they are reviewing). The strategy has its advantages, and it usually at least makes for an entertaining read.

Reading Travels with Herodotus was like reading such a book review about The Histories by Herodotus. But much longer.

Ryszard Kapus
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Zaara
Every journey begins with a reckoning, a stocktaking, an analysis of where one is. And each trip consists of two parts: the inner journey and the outer one. This book of travel/reportage/historical commentary/philosophy/anthropology is no different. Only it contains several trips. Or perhaps just one BIG trip. Depends on how you want to look at it, I guess.
In fact, I hesitate to use the word ‘book’ after my motley categorization. This is more a collection of images accompanied by the patchwork m
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Alex
I read Herodotus earlier this year, and among other things I thought, "What the hell just happened?" It's a long book, y'know? Everything happens in it. I mean literally everything: Herodotus's goal was to write down everything known about the world, and over 700 pages, that's what he did. It gets mind-boggling.

I needed someone to help me process all that, so I turned to Kapuscinski, the great travel writer and philosopher responsible for The Emperor, a neat oral history of Haile Selassie, as we
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Martine
I love travelogues. I love classical antiquity. So I really expected to enjoy Ryszard Kapuscinski's Travels with Herodotus, an attempt to mix modern literary reportage with the writings of one of the greatest travelling reporters of all time, Herodotus. Sadly, however, the book was a bit of letdown. The old and new stuff didn't blend well, so the final result, while occasionally poignant and insightful, was a little underwhelming.

Maybe I went in with the wrong expectations. When I bought the bo
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Maria Grazia
Il grande Kapuscinski riperccorre i suoi primi ani di giornalista e inviato speciale, anni trascorsi con collega e maestro di eccezione, ovvero Erodoto, che con le sue Storie traccia la via a cui si deve attenere il vero inviato, duemila anni fa come oggi.
E così scaturisce una narrazione parallela tra le vicende del giovane inviato, gli errori, gli intoppi e le scoperte, e il resoconto di avvenimenti antichi raccontati con tale maestria da non perdere un grammo della loro attualità e del loro fa
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S©aP
Un grande giornalista che ripercorre i suoi esordi di inviato all'estero. Un racconto intimo e leggero, che alterna contesti storici ad avvenimenti privati. Un omaggio rispettoso e delicato al primo compagno di viaggio, e grande collega... "ante litteram".
Lisa
The book I wanted this to be was one where, upon reading something from Herodotus such as "According to the stories of the Trachis, the left bank of the Ister is populated by bees," the author is going to place this anecdote on a modern map, go there, write about what became of the Trachis and who they are now, and where this business with bees might have come from.

That is not this book. There is one bit where Kapuściński visits a site from The Histories, Persepolis, but he doesn't see it all be
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Geoffrey Fox
En 1956, cuando Ryszard Kapuściński tenía 24 años, el periódico polaco Sztandar Mlodych [Estandarte de Juventud] lo envió a la India, porque la visita de Nehru a Polonia había despertado algún interés en ese lejano país. Esta fue la primera oportunidad para "cruzar la frontera" del joven reportero, que ni siquiera sabía inglés y quedó mistificado y fascinado por la India. Aquí nos cuenta de esa visita y anécdotas de otros viajes a Jartum, el Congo/Zaire, Senegal, y China, intercaladas con largas ...more
Conrad
One of my biggest regrets in life so far is that I never got to take Ryszard Kapuscinski out to dinner. His reportage, such as The Shadow of the Sun and The Emperor catalogues human frailty better than anything since Dante, and like Dante, possesses a moral sense combined with cosmopolitan empathy for nearly everyone he runs into.

This was a thoughtful and moving valediction from a person who truly was a citizen of the world.
Jim
This, the last book by its author, is one of a kind. It is merely by chance that, earlier this month, I re-read Herodotus's Histories, so it is so fresh in my mind that I recognized most of the quotes from the 5th century B.C. Greek historian instantly.

But what if I had not read Herodotus recently? Then this would be a rather boring work, an extended commentary on someone with whom I was not familiar.

Kapuscinski and Herodotus shared many traits in common. Both had traveled the world (as they k
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Sandra
Erodoto e Kapuscinski: due anime gemelle, accomunati dalla passione per il loro lavoro, il reportage. Divisi da duemilacinquecento anni, uniti dal desiderio di “varcare la frontiera”; il primo viaggiò per tutto il mondo allora conosciuto e scrisse la storia indagando, ascoltando opinioni e raccogliendo le verità che gli uomini che incontrava gli raccontavano, e che egli rappresentava nei suoi scritti ricoprendole del manto del “verosimile”; il secondo un uomo moderno, giornalista, che ha girato ...more
Andrew
God, what a charming writer. As I find when I read Sebald, I find that Kapuscinski has a great many of the exact same thoughts that I've written about, but phrases them with an infinitely greater degree of eloquence. Throughout, Kapuscinski alternates between past and present, ratcheting across countries and continents.

I'm only calling it travel writing by process of elimination. Kapuscinski is traveling, and that is the sole common thread. History, art, Cold War tensions, language, and literary
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umberto
I think reading this ancient history-cum-travel is worth spending my time since the author wrote fascinatingly from his direct experience as a foreign correspondent while travelling to various countries as assigned from the PAP news agency in Poland around 1950's. More unique than any other travel stories I've read, his narration's been accompanied by an unthinkable guide given by Ms. Irena Tarlowska his editior in chief, that is, THE HISTORIES by Herodotus, long acclaimed as the "father of hist ...more
George
From the title page: “Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland’s most celebrated foreign correspondent, was born in 1932 in Pinsk (in what is now Belarus) and spent four decades reporting on Asia, Latin America, and Africa. He died in 2007.” This remarkable book is the account of Kapuscinski’s years in the field, traveling for the first time beyond the Iron Curtain to India, China, Ethiopia, and other interesting locales. But, it is more than an interesting travelogue. He travels with a copy of Herodotus’s “ ...more
John David
“Travels with Herodotus” gives a wonderful taste of Kapuscinski’s travel writing. Those familiar with some of his earlier books – “Another Day of Life,” “The Emperor,” and “The Shadow of the Sun” – will detect his distinctive voice here. He even recalls visiting some of the same places in this book, including India, China, and northern Africa.

As the title hints at, Herodotus is a kind of trope liberally interlarded throughout the book: he is source for meditations on the philosophy of history,
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Kristianne

Reading Kapuscinski while bed-bound with illness is a blessing and a curse. It offers escape and yet makes my infirmity more pronounced. The vibrancy of the places the author visits and the experiences he has in each is intoxicating. I wanted to pack up my meager belongings and set out again for a new adventure. Exploring the world is intoxicating and addictive. Kapuscinski writes in the book:
“A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our doors
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Bentley
CROSSING THE BORDER


"We are, all of us, pilgrims who struggle along different paths toward the same destination."
- Antoine De Saint-Exupery



Ryszard Kapuscinski was Polish. He was born in Pinsk which is now Belarus ; but became one of the most famous and honored foreign correspondents. He is now deceased. For forty years, he traveled the globe from Iran to China to El Salvador to India. Like the ancient historian Herodotus, whose book The Histories was carried by Kapuscinski in all of his travels
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Alisea
Kapuscinski ripercorre la propria vita raccontando in questo libro la sua infanzia povera sotto il regime comunista, i suoi studi con pochi libri, la sua laurea e subito dopo, quando viene mandato allo sbaraglio come giornalista prima in India e poi in Cina, senza conoscere niente di quei paesi. Racconta con disarmante sincerità le difficoltà incontrate e, di fronte a queste difficoltà, il suo punto di riferimento, il testo da leggere e rileggere è sempre stato Erodoto.
Kapuscinski vede in Erodo
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Raúl
Viajes e historia...
Un reportero del siglo XX que lleva consigo a todos sus destinos como periodista (América Latina, Asia, África) un libro escrito en el siglo V a.c. por otro "reportero" y viajero como él: Heródoto (considerado como el padre de la Historia).
Kapuscinski establece interesantes paralelismos entre personajes de ayer y de hoy, lugares, pueblos, confrontaciones antiguas (Oriente / Occidente) que siguen, por desgracia, plenamente vigentes y nos lleva de la mano rompiendo las barreras
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Julia
Dec 03, 2008 Julia rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julia by: Book Club!!
Oh Ryszard, shouldn't your memoir be more compelling?

I wish I had read one of Kapuscinski's prior works - Shah of Shahs or Imperium - before embarking on his trip down memory lane, recounting his experiences as a young foreign journalist in India, China, and Africa. Kapuscinski's revelations are pedestrian throughout, and the connection between his own travels and that of the Ancient Greek, Herodotus, is tenuous at best. I would have either enjoyed a more detailed, thoughtful travel journal fro
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Jonathan
Truly excellent. The author is such a generous personality - I found myself often wishing I could grab a beer with him.
Quang Khuê
...Hai con người, hai thời đại, khiêm tốn và ham tìm tòi đã gặp nhau, tìm thấy nhau và tìm thấy chính bản thân mình trong từng trang sách. Với khao khát vượt qua những biên giới của hiện tại, lưu giữ những khoảnh khắc của lịch sử, họ hóa thân vào nhau, thân thiết và bên chặt như hai người bạn chân chính. Và quan trọng, cả hai, đều biết đặt ra những câu hỏi, cho riêng mình, và cho cả những người mà họ chưa từng gặp mặt, hôm nay hoặc mai sau.
Sa mạc lớn dần, khốn thay cho kẻ nào ôm giữ lấy sa mạc (
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Sylvia
At the lectures on Herodotus I heard about this book. The author is a Polish reporter who starts travelling commissioned by his newspaper to various countries: India, China, Iran, Congo, Algeria and others. He develops an interest in the people, the habits and the country due by his all time companion: Herodotos History.
What I like about it, that the author does some real phylosophic thinking about the countries he visits and the way Herodotos tells his stories. It gives you much to think about
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Kyle Hoekstra
'Travels with Herodotus' recounts those of Ryszard Kapuscinksi's travels that he carried with him a copy of Herodotus' 'The Histories'. But Herodotus is not a companion to Kapuscinski's travels in the way you'd expect. The two narratives do not intertwine and interrelate; Herodotus is not a geographical guide to Kapuscinksi and Kapuscinksi is not a companion to Herodotus. What is told here are two distinct experiences: the patchwork, exploratory trips of a Polish journalist and a history of the ...more
Ericka
I started reading this during my archaeology project in Croatia. It is about a Polish journalist during communist rule who simply wants to cross the border. He ends up being sent to different continents. Along the way he reads Herodotus' The Histories. This book is about him relating his experiences to the book he travels with. I couldn't put it down unless I had to and finished it in two days.
Francisco
Reflexión sobre el viaje, sobre la percepción de los otros... Amplias citas de la Historia de Heródoto, enfrenta a un hijo de la cultura occidental a otras culturas, manifestando la percepción de la diferencia y la dificultad de la asimilación.
De muy fácil y amena lectura. ¿Lo mejor? Que me voy a leer a Heródoto de un tirón.
Asya
Deeply frustrating experience of completely mis-marketed book. What intimate account of travels? Certainly not Kaupscinski. The whole thing is his retelling of Herodotus' travels and anecdotes, without much reflection to how they are relevant to K's experience. If I wanted Herodotus, I would've read Herodotus.
Humayun Shinwari
I would rename this book for me as "Travels with Kapuściński" because I carried it with me everywhere I go. The way Ryszard Kapuscinski have combined his journies with those of Herodotus are really amazing.

If one wants to know what was the 'Histories' in B.C. years, it is a good book to read.
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“A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our door step once again. It starts much earlier and is really never over, because the film of memory continues running on inside of us long after we have come to a physical standstill. Indeed, there exists something like a contagion of travel, and the disease is essentially incurable.” 121 likes
“There aren't many such enthusiasts born. The average person is not especially curious about the world. He is alive, and being somehow obliged to deal with this condition, feels the less effort it requires, the better. Whereas learning about the world is labor, and a great all-consuming one at that. Most people develop quite antithetical talents, in fact - to look without seeing, to listen without hearing, mainly to preserve onself within oneself.” 16 likes
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