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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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He died in January Famous for being in the wrong places at just the right times, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa inat the beginning of the end of colonial rule – the “sometimes dramatic and painful, sometimes enjoyable and jubilant” rebirth of a continent.

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He is kapuscins,i succinct – in the stupor of noon a village was “like a submarine at the bottom of the ocean: From the Trade Paperback edition.

There are adventure stories, too. His unorthodox approach and profound respect for the people he meets challenge conventional understandings of the modern problems faced by Africa at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Dipingendo i due volti dell’Africa: He engaged seriously with people, didn’t just watch from afar or “interview the participants”.

Not like journalistic pieces thw usually reads, with their pyramid structure and journalistic phrases and short cuts. Kapuscinski placed events like the Rwandan genocide and the lesser-known Burundian genocide that happened alongside it in their cultural and historical contexts.

View all 3 comments. And I have understood that nothing will ever conquer the immense elephant of the world, nothing will ever conquer Africa and its power sub.

Kapuscinski hurls himself on yhe canister as well, whereupon “the interior of the hut exploded. Kapuscinski alternates between plain prose and shimmering imagery, using understatement to dispel easy stereotypes about Africa and Africans, and finishing a paragraph or two of spare exposition with some dazzling revelation or note of remorse that leaves you reeling.

A place where its people are one with its arid terrain, blinding light thd spicy smells. 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 sin so often in power now but over-riding it all his eternal optimist seems to gain kapusvinski upper hand.


Sep 03, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: I can only thank Kapuscinski for this lesson of humbleness and I am definitely looking forward to collecting some more pieces of this great picture called Africa. Thanks for telling us about the problem. During some of this time he also worked for the Polish Secret Service, although little is known of his role.

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From the hopeful years of independence through the bloody disintegration of places like Nigeria, Rwanda and Angola, Kapuscinski recounts great social and political changes through the prism of the ordinary African. They impose upon him their requirements and quotas.

A trip around the world is a journey from backwater to backwater, each of which considers itself, in its isolation, a shining star. From transitions in power Nigeria in to larger surveys of the wretches that caused such misery in Uganda, Liberia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and elsewhere, Kapuscinski offers a close-up view of the so often so sad state of African politics and government.

The Shadow of the Sun : My African Life

Several chapters focus on his interactions in Africa on this day-to-day level, including one on his domicile in Lagos, an apartment teh got robbed nearly every time he left it.

Formally presented in autobiographical narrative but with the intimate tone of a personal diary, the main events of the last century are overtly disclosed: Bouts with malaria and then tuberculosis also help him blend in and become accepted more readily, his lack of resources turning into a distinct advantage when he can not afford the care most any white person would demand. Kapuscinski is still delirious, not just from heat- stroke but – it turns out – from malaria. There are a number of points Ryle makes, some of which are unfair eg calling Kapuscinski out on generalisation – I found the author goes out of his way to explain when he generalises at the start of the book, and from then on is careful to talk about specific tribes or countriessome are bizarre his calling out of Kapuscinski over a statement about a bookshop – Snu reread that section to try to sahdow Kapuscinski’s timeline – to me it could be anywhere from to just before publication foand therefore Ryle’s argument that shadoq isn’t true at the time of his review is pointlessand some seem to be correct in that there are errors in Kapuscinski’s text there are a couple of mentions about women not being able to touch cattle.


It’s these, I suspect, that formed the basis for this book, because naive enthusiasm for radical change had, through experience, been replaced by a full awareness that the regimes of African rulers could be just as brutal kapuscinsk exploitative as those of outside occupiers, and in the case of rulers such as Idi Amn, far worse, than could have been imagined. There is some sun, even with the shadow. He walked away without so much as a good bye. He thr the world to us as nobody else.

Likewise, he never plays down the corruption or violence he has witnessed – on the contrary, its prevalence makes the survival of kindness all the more remarkable. Kapsucinski candlelight filled my bedroom and my throat ached with his maddening thirst. Perhaps most significant, however, are still the historic events that Kapuscinski describes. It was his final book he died in January, and I enjoyed it very much, having recently read Herodotus’ Histories upon which he draws extensively.

Does this inhibit him from seeing the spirit of Africa? And it’s even more impressive when you realize he’s covering Africa for the presumably shoestring Polish communist press.

Experience is only the beginning – and some writers need more of it than others. Salman Rushdie talks somewhere about novels enabling us to sin and hear and encounter people from whom we would normally flee, this journalist does exactly the same thing.

Chronology is deliberately uncertain, the sequence fragmented. For much of the time I was reading it, I was mesmerized by the writing, flabbergasted by some of the information about Africa, and convinced Yhe was encountering the continent in a nuanced and subtle and authentic manner.

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He writes of political change and geographical oddities, he writes of celebration and colour and welcome and then flips the coin and there is hatred and fear and isolation but through it all is this really wonderful sense of his real love for the African peoples. The early pages of The Shadow of the Suna compendium of further adventures in Africa, find him in Dar es Salaam inwhere he hears that Uganda is about to gain independence.

And all in 20 pages!