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La guerra del fútbol y otros reportajes

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,426 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
Entre 1958 y 1976, Kapuscinsky estuvo en las zonas más conflictivas del planeta como corresponsal de la agencia de prensa de Polonia. Así cubrió, por ejemplo, los levantamientos en el Congo de 1960, el golpe en Argelia de 1965 y la "guerra del fútbol", cinco días de cruentas luchas y saqueos entre Honduras y El Salvador, cuyo aparente motivo fueron una serie de partidos de ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published January 28th 2003 by Anagrama (first published 1969)
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Mads
Jun 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And yet again, another book that taught me not to whine and write about how the trip was uncomfortable, the food was bad, the mosquitoes were huge, the leeches were everywhere, etc etc. These trivialities don't deserve to be mentioned in books. But if you are staring at the barrel of a gun pointed in your direction by a jittery boy no older than 8 years old in an improvised checkpoint in the middle of night, then that's something to write about.
Petrina
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
p.145: The desk. "Behind such a desk, man resembles an invalid in an orthaepedic brace . . . Furniture divides man from man . . . Upon the desk I have declared a silent war. . . . Many thinkers worry over the progressive bureaucratization of the world and the social threat of its terror. Yet they forget that these very bureaucrats are themselves terrorized, and that they are terrorized by their desks. Once plunked down behind one, a man will never learn to tear himself free."
p. 190: "Today one h
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David
May 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. The difference between Kapuscincki and the average person could be summed up in an anecdote he relates in this book. One evening he was drinking (heavily, as usual) in a bar in some Third World backwater when a wild-eyed man barges in and starts shouting, "They're killing anyone who goes down that road, stay away!" I'd stay put, might even crawl under the table, Kapuscinski finishes his drink and ventures down the road to see what's happening. Brave man, wonderful writer.
Sean Mccarrey
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If Travels With Herodotus was Kapuscinski's ode to his passion of travel, if Shadow of the Sun was his ode to Africa, The Emperor and The Shah of Shahs his ode to the rule of despotic and complex characters, Imperium his ode to the era of the Second World, Another Day of Life his ode to the ravages of war, the Other as his ode to philosophy, then the Soccer War seems to be his ode to the feelings of joy and despair in the third world. Not only does Kapuscinski explore his own feelings in such si ...more
Ted
Outstanding book. Kapuscinski displays a heart and soul unusual in journalism. Longer review to come.
Roy Lotz
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was my good fortune that somebody in my book club chose this little gem to read. I hadn’t heard of Kapuściński before, and perhaps I never would have. Even if I did, I doubt I would have read anything by him. A Polish journalist?

Whenever I try to explain to friends what is so enjoyable about this book, my mind jumps to the writing. Kapuściński is just a damned good writer. He is a master of brevity. He can conjure a scene, a town, a whole country, with just a few paragraphs. He can summon up
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Katie
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic. Legendary Polish reporter recounts his time covering Africa, Latin America, and parts of Central Europe in the 60s and 70s in remarkably clean and pithy and luminous writing that pounds away until you realize it's woven a spell around you. Alma Guillermoprieto told our class, as an exercise to improve our writing, that we should copy one page of a good book in longhand every day. I may start doing that with this one. Here's a bit in non-longhand:

The whole land of
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Andrew
In his unmistakable style, in these mostly unconnected essays, Kapuscinski looks at the sheer weirdness of the world around him, whether he's covering the death of Patrice Lumumba or the titular violence surrounding a Honduras-El Salvador football match. While perhaps not as strong as his more concentrated studies-- Travels with Herodotus jumps to mind-- it's still classic Kapuscinski, and if you've made your way through a few of his journalistic works and travelogues, this is a logical next ste ...more
Adam  McPhee
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Adam by: War Nerd
Stories from a renowned Polish journalist who saw Africa in the sixties: Lumumba's Congo, a coup in newly independent Algeria, the Nigerian civil war, Ethiopian-Somali war and famine, parliamentary debate on a child support bill in Tanganyika (now Tanzania). Plus Israel-Palestine, Cyprus, and the eponymous Soccer War between Honduras and El Salvador, which kicked off because of soccer tensions and lasted one hundred hours, left 6,000 dead, and was missed by the world media who were focused on th ...more
Anders
Jun 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was terrific. It's non-fiction, sort of a compilation of articles Kapuscinski wrote in the course of covering coups and revolutions in post-colonial Africa in the 60's and 70's. It would've been easy for him to get caught up in the drama of that experience, but he is really good at relating his experiences to a broader context. Also, I admire the way that he can be incredibly concise-- I've found myself in travel writing to prattle on, to over-explain every little thing. Kapuscinski gi ...more
linhtalinhtinh
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-lit, non-fic
I see the term "magic journalism" that is coined to describe Kapuscinski's writing is very appropriate.
Alvin
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating reportage expressed with dazzling, Didion-esque literary flair, interspersed with personal observations marked by charming emotional honesty and a dash of wit. At times the writing was so good I had to put the book down and compose myself before going on.
Ann
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ann by: Virginia
p.146-148
"Upon the desk, I have declared a silent war. It is, after all, a specific piece of furniture with particular properties. While many whole categories of furniture may be man's serviceable instruments, his slaves, in the case of the desk a contrary relationship obtains: man is its instrument, its slave. Many thinkers worry over the progressive bureaucratization of the world and the social threat of its terror. Yet they forget that these very bureaucrats are themselves terrorized, and tha
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Thurston Hunger
Feb 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: self-embedding journalists
Kapuscinski had the gene that drew him to points on the globe where injustice and violence were festering most. Me, I'll cross over the street if I hear a couple arguing too loudly, and yet I admire Kapuscinski. I also like how he can keep an eye on the bigger scene, while his ear is on the locals, and their own mini-drama.

This book is more ramshackle than others (like Shah of Shahs or Imperium), with several chapters titled something like The Further Adventures of My Unfinished Book. Those cont
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Dan
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
kapuscinski's writing typically takes the form of a shared personal journal, and soccer war showcases him at his most diary-oriented. it's quite similar to his memoir the shadow of the sun, only less focused and more scatterbrained. there's even more globe-trotting than usual too - the conflict between el salvador and honduras that gives the book its name doesn't arrive on the scene until 2/3rds of its pages have passed, and we're treated to a half dozen stops in africa before he finds his way t ...more
Maria
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite writers. Brilliant and spare ruminations on his experiences as a journalist covering conflicts in Algeria, Honduras, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Cyprus, and others.

"People who write history devote too much attention to so-called events heard around the world, while neglecting the periods of silence...Silence is necessary to tyrants and occupiers, who take pains to have their actions accompanied by quiet.

"What silence emanates from countries with overflowing prisons! In Somoza's Nicar
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Shivaji Das
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of essays that individually didn't have enough material to make a whole book from (unlike his Imperium and Shah of Shahs). None the less, it has all the best elements of Kapuscinski reporting - immediacy, non-judgemental, and thoughtfulness. As ususal, he goes places that are quite a few notches uncomfortable than hanging around the Pentagon or Capitol for news snippets - coups and revolutions in Dahomey, Ogaden, Algeria. In a handful of pages, he manages to draw vivid portr ...more
Joel
Dec 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third Kapuściński book I've read...the others being The Emperor and Shah of Shahs . The two previous ones were about specific people (Haile Selassie and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi respectively) while this one covers wars and revolutions in a variety of places on four continents. The bulk of the book is spent in Africa with quite a bit about the Congo and Patrice Lumumba, but also a lot about Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, etc.

Then it's off to Central America for the "Soccer War" between El
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قصي بن خليفة
مفاجأة سعيدة هذا الكتاب
كنت أظنه شيئاً وجاء شيئاً آخر رائعاً

الكتاب مترجم إلى الإنجليزية من البولندية ومع ذلك فقد كان الأسلوب ممتعاً جداً وفيه رواية لأحداث وتنقلات بطريقة أدبية غير ذات تكلف. وفي أحيان كثيرة كنت أظن أني لا أفهم ما يريد الكاتب قوله، ولكن في الفقرة التالية يزول اللبس، وهذا مقصود ولكن بسلاسة وجمال. وهو ظريف جداً وحتى عندما روى موقفه مع بعض الثوار الأفارقة وكيف صبوا عليه البنزين ليحرقوه
الكتاب هو كتاب رحلة وصحافة سياسية وجزء من سيرة ذاتية. جاء على شكل مجموعة من المقالات رابطها الكاتب شخ
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Nine
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this and immediately started reading it again. It teaches me about places and histories I didn't know enough (or really anything) about before, like the titular soccer war in Central America, and various conflicts in Africa, but it's not all wedged firmly enough in my mind yet so I'm giving it another go. I also kind of really related to something that crept up in a few of Kapuscinski's essays, in which he encounters people who in turn know nothing or next to nothing about his own cou ...more
Kobe Bryant
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would've quit the first time my life was threatened
Jacob Schindler
In view of the topic, this has in recent years become a very amusing opening line:

"Luis Suarez said there was going to be a war, and I believed whatever Luis said."
Joan
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Through the 1960s and 70s Mr. Kapuscinski, a Polish war correspondent, covers unrest, coups, and changes of governments across Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
The author has a wonderful way with language (the translator get some credit, too) and the book is fun to read, interesting and educational.
mellyana
Jul 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Soccer War, lebih mudah aku mengerti, walaupun bingung sebetulnya kapan tulisan ini berakhir. Mudah-mudahan hanya karena kesalahan dalam memperbanyak tulisan. Soalnya ada 3 tulisan, yang pertama berjudul The Soccer War, kemudian Victoriano Gomez on TV dan terakhir sebuah tulisan High Time Continued, or The Plan of The Next Unwritten Book, Etc.

Tulisan pertama, bercerita tentang peperangan antara Honduras dan El Savador yang disebabkan oleh pertandingan bola. Intuisi seorang Luis Suarez, membu
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M. Milner
A great collection of reportage, The Soccer War is like reading the diary of a foreign correspondant. For about 20 years, he covered wars, revolution and fledging democracy across the world, witnessing the brutal and the banal. This book is him looking back, a loose collection of memories and events, only some of them connected. What's most admirable is not what he witnessed, but how he treats these events.

For example, Kapuściński writes about The Soccer War, a clash between El Salvador and Hond
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Jan
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm not completely sure how this book ended up on my reading list. I think I got it from a list of books about soccer (I'm a HUGE soccer nerd). But it's not really about soccer. In fact, the titular soccer war isn't discussed until more than halfway through the book. And yes, there really was a short war in 1969 between El Salvador and Honduras and it started over some contentious soccer games, although it wasn't actually about soccer.

Kapuscinski was a Polish journalist assigned to Africa throug
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Andy
This book is called The Soccer War, but it actually consists of Kapuscinski's diary-like firsthand accounts of several different Third World war zones, with only one chapter about the 1969 El Salvador-Honduras conflict. Most of the book is actually about Africa (Ghana, Algeria, and the Congo in particular). Kapuscinski seems to gravitate naturally towards places of insurrection and violence, and it is a miracle that he died in old age a few years ago and not much earlier.

The writing is forceful
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Matt
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You pay for every meeting with death."

It takes a special kind of crazy for a person to feel compelled to fly towards the nearest war or revolution. Kapuscinski is such a person, and each time in this book he finds himself in a situation where he's resigned to his probably imminent death, I found myself agreeing that yes, you probably should have died. Again.

This is not a detailed account of various revolutions and wars though, and often we're given little context of the situation he's covering.
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Daniel Hammer
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Kapuscinski's has lived his life in unstable places, writing as a journalist and developing penetrating insights about the people and places he encounters. Much of this book is based on the places he lived in the late 1960s in Africa, a period during which revolutions, coups, and charismatic leaders tried to fill the power void left by the end of European colonialism. It is fascinating to read about this time, to spot the obvious parallels between Africa then and unstable countries today, and to ...more
Martina Keller
Interesting book. Basically, it's a collection of essays that form a kind of a memoir by a Polish journalist who covered armed conflict throughout Cold War era Africa and Latin America. This man saw hell on earth-- many times over. What I found fascinating was that he very often seemed to have certain status within these war torn, God forsaken places as a reporter from a Communist, non-colonizing nation -- particularly at a time when the Cold War was being played out in many of the conflicts on ...more
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“Many thinkers worry over the progressive bureaucratization of the world and the social threat of its terror. Yet they forget that these very bureaucrats are themselves terrorized, and that they are terrorized by their desks. Once plunked down behind one, a man will never learn to tear himself free.” 1 likes
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