Ancora un giorno
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...more
IN ENGLISH: Set in a chaotic and war-torn Angola during the three months previous to the declaration of independence, this is also part of the history of Portugal.
The read ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Oddly enough, a good companion piece/rebuttal might be the Jack Abramoff produced Dolph Lundgren action film "Red Scorpion".
As with every genocide, internal war, the world waits and watches, respecting sovereign rights. But for 350 years...
Also, I don't know what it is about Polish authors being translated into English, but the book reads like poetry.
Kapuscinski, though embedded within the MPLA and leaning towards them politically, manages to present a fairly even handed view of the war. It's a pretty short book ...more
That the country has since functioned to a degree thanks to oil riches and, latterly, Chinese philanthropy, as well as the tough mindedness of its own proud ci ...more