The Shadow of the Sun has ratings and reviews. Dolors said: Ryszard Kapuscinski sits under the branchy shade of a solitary acacia and stares at. The Shadow of the Sun [Ryszard Kapuscinski] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In , Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness. In , Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland’s state.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Few have travelled as far and wide in the sub-Saharan area as Kapuscinski the northern African states, and South Africa, shaxow conspicuously absent in this book.

It enlightened kpuscinski about the history, spirit and psyche of Africa a meaningless appellationand made me acutely aware of my smug ignorance about this vast, endlessly diverse continent.

The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski. The book consists of loosely connected essays on the travels and specific experiences of the author interspersed with brief historical commentaries. Te ayuda a conocer el continente africano y a sus gentes, sus conflictos, sus creencia Una maravilla de libro, escrito de manera muy sencilla y agil.

Instead he narrows his incisive perspective down to the daily life of cast leaders, peasants or the bayaye –beggars– eluding the official routes of embassies, palaces or press conferences to disclose the reality of contemporary Africa. Opening – More than anything, one shaddow struck by the light. Un viaggio tra la gente, per conoscere, capire, condividere.

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Tbe language is beautiful. It is a book filled with details, vivid descriptions, dialect, and history, narrated with storytelling ease. He wrestles a king cobra to the death and suffers through a bout of malaria. These last criticisms kapuscinsk minor, but nevertheless I have no defence for the author on these.

Kapuscinski hitchhikes with caravans, wanders the Sahara with nomads, and lives in the poverty-stricken slums of Nigeria. The dispatches focus on the awkward relationship between Europe and Africa.

Why I suj this stands out as a historical account is not only because of the proximity of the writer to the actual events, but also his observations. Read it Forward Read it first. It is man who influences time, its shape, course, and rhythm man acting, of course, with the consent of gods and ancestors.


Journeys into the interior

Kapuscinski obviously has an understanding of the peoples and the cultures, and he writes often with passion and emotion, but also at times with detachment – perhaps this comes from his reportage background too. He slumps down on a bunk, only to discover that his hand is dangling inches from an Egyptian cobra. Some quotes I enjoyed: Colorful writing and a deep intelligence highlight these essays’ graceful exploration of postcolonial Africa.

He does not shy away from the brutality and stupidity of things that have happened; he drives home the guilt and irresponsibilty of the previous colonial powers whilst not ignoring the obvious culpability of the fools and, much worse, the thieves and thugs so often in power now but over-riding it all his eternal optimist seems to gain the upper hand.

A place where history does not exist in archives or records because it can only be measured by memory, by what can be recounted here and now. He walked away without so much as a good bye.

For most people, the real world ends on the threshold of their house, at the edge of their village, or, at the very most, on the border of their valley. Kapuscinski’s rare humanity invests his subjects with a grandeur and a dignity unmatched by any other writer on the Third World, and his unique ability to discern the universal in the particular has never been more powerfully displayed than in this work.

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He was the first Polish foreign correspondent to cover Africa and he was always seriously underfunded compared with those representing the big European and American publications and agencies.

This emphasis also comes through in his dispatches on African nations such as Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Rwanda, shadod detail how the giddy optimism of the immediate postcolonial era disintegrated into corruption, poverty and conflict.

A Polish journalist who has written about the continent for more than three decades, Kapuscinski provides glimpses into African life kapuuscinski beyond what has been covered in headlines—or in most previous books on the subject. In Africa chi ha le armi ha il cibo, chi ha il cibo ha il potere.


He is also a brave man who went into places and faced situations that appeared quite dangerous. In Nigeria in he was tue along a road where they say no white man can come back alive. They press on regardless. I am pleased to note that he dropped the act soon afterward to delve into the swirling mass of stories he painstakingly picked from his eun of experience on the continent.

Jul 05, Pages. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. In astudy that avoids the official routes, palaces and sjadow politics, he sets out to create an account of post-colonial Africa seen at once as a whole and as a location that wholly defies generalised explanations.

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Discover what to read next. Across this book you journey through about 50 years and he touches down in various places and times. In reality, except as a geographical term, Africa doesn’t exist’. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda, Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift, and kzpuscinski violent, events that followed liberation.

The chapter on Liberia, a tne I knew very little about, was absolutely terrifying. Kapuscinski himself alerts us to the possibility by observing that he “could embellish” the stuff with the roaches, deciding against it because it “would not be true”.

These impressive fragments of such a distinct reality enrich us and at the same time make us perceive the vastness of the whole picture which is still uncovered, which is still unknown to us, distant, invisible and impenetrable. He went to visit friends in remote shadoow where there wasn’t enough to eat.

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