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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Also in Vintage International. The latter is evidenced by the presence of “Warlords” in several countries and the recurrence of tribal attacks of blacks on blacks leading at one extreme to examples of genocide as happened in Rwanda.

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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. Some quotes I enjoyed: Still, he does his best to fit in, moving into neighborhoods where the African locals live as opposed to the expat or diplomatic districts. To exist and function, he must observe its ironclad, inviolate laws, its inflexible principles and rules.

Because it is translated non-fiction, The Shadow of the Sun is ineligible for a number of literary prizes. May 14, Dolors rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A place where the night belongs to myth and spirits, where time stretches and melts without shape or tempo. If you have ever been to Africa, this book will transport you back there. There are a number of points Ryle makes, some tje 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 – I reread that section to try to understand Kapuscinski’s timeline – to me it could be anywhere from to just before publication inand therefore Ryle’s argument that it 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.


Formally presented in autobiographical narrative but with the intimate tone of a personal diary, the main events of the last century are overtly disclosed: Come quando nella conferenza sul Ruanda sintetizza perfettamente il genocidio in poche frasi: In the European worldview, time exists outside man, exists objectively, and has measurable and linear characteristics.

A marvel of humane, sorrowful and lucid observation. 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 I was encountering the continent in a nuanced and subtle and authentic manner. I chose the example purely cos it made me smile and kaluscinski a wonderful example of his ability to create in such a way that you met the people of whom he was speaking.

He walked away without so much as a good bye. In Africa chi ha le armi ha il cibo, chi ha il cibo ha il potere. Those looking for an engaging, literary introduction to Africa—or even for some additional knowledge—should look no further. Mar 19, Rajat Ubhaykar rated it it was amazing Shelves: Perhaps most significant, however, are still the historic events that Kapuscinski describes. I planned to give a copy to my husband for his birthday and to recommend it to my book group.

Dec 22, Susan rated it it kapuscinskj amazing. Looking for beautiful books? A trip around the world is a journey sjadow backwater to backwater, each of kapusccinski considers tje, in its isolation, a shining star. With a cluster of books on Africa coming out this season, this will get some media attention and may sell better than his previous books.

Journeys into the interior

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. By the time they come to a hut in the middle of nowhere, Kapuscinski is “half dead”. Kapuscinski, whose books have been translated into 19 languages they include The Emperor and The Soccer Warmakes this clear through his own personal struggle with malaria soon after he first arrived on the continent.

Each could stand alone as a finished work, yet together they kapuscinsji a unique portrait of Africa, its peoples and the writer himself. This book is a collection of essays spanning more than four decades. In astudy that avoids the official routes, palaces and big 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.


Inspired by Your Browsing History. I’m reading a biography of him now, and the reports of his early years would have been infused with socialist zeal for the causes of African nationalism emerging from colonialism.

Its now up to me to choose where to focus as I strive to learn more about Africa. The pieces in this book are beautifully written, undoubtedly due in part of the translator. Leo approaches gingerly and thd down an enormous metal canister on the snake.

Honestly, Africa had been outside my radar before reading this.

In fact, this book reads like a great collection of stories. He got cerebral malaria, nearly died, and lived with the after affects for years. The complete review ‘s Review:. A great imaginative writer, he goes way beyond the material he is pro cessing. This narrative was less about a specific time or place; it became a narrative of human nature and experience. I was driving to see if a white man could because I had to experience everything for myself. 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.

I listed it as epistolary and though it is not officially so it reads like a series of letters across sbadow long career working in the continent of Africa as it breaks free of colonialism and steps onwards into independence.

In part, for the simple reason that I was taken up with other things and couldn’t find the freedom to absorb myself in his world as I would have liked but also for the equally simple but at the same time profound reason that there was just too much to take in. As I read Kapuscinski’s accounts of poverty and degradation and the destruction of hope and joy I swear I felt just a little of that pain and sadness.

A very easy, entertaining read with passages of the most beautiful and poetic language. View all 3 comments. You know the answer: