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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. InRyszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland’s state newspaper. From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda, Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift, and often violent, events that followed liberation. Kapuscin InRyszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland’s state newspaper.
The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuściński
Kapuscinski hitchhikes with caravans, wanders the Sahara with nomads, and lives in the poverty-stricken slums of Nigeria. He wrestles a king cobra to the death and suffers through a bout of malaria. What emerges is an extraordinary depiction of Africa–not as a group of nations or geographic locations–but as a vibrant and frequently joyous montage of peoples, cultures, and encounters. Kapuscinski’s trenchant observations, wry analysis and overwhelming humanity paint a remarkable portrait of the continent and its people.
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. Paperbackpages. Published April 9th by Vintage first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Shadow of the Sunplease sign up.
What historical events should one be familiar with before starting to read this book in order to get the greatest appreciation of it? Beki I’m still in the middle, but I don’t think you need any — Kapuscinski really makes the historical context of his crhonicles.
See 1 question about The Shadow of the Sun…. Lists with This Book. May 14, Dolors rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Those who want to meet the real Africa. Ryszard Kapuscinski sits under the branchy shade of a solitary acacia and stares at the incommensurable moonlike landscape unfolding in front of him. A place where its people are one with its arid terrain, blinding light and spicy smells.
A place where the night belongs to myth and spirits, where time stretches and melts without shape or tempo. A place where history does not exist in archives or records because it can only be aun by memory, by what can be recounted here and now. So I sit down kapusscinski to Ryszard and I listen to his chronicle. He neither judges nor idealizes the African culture.
Instead he narrows shavow incisive kapuscinsski 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. Formally presented in autobiographical narrative but with the intimate tone of a personal diary, the main events of the last century are overtly disclosed: It is a veritable ocean, a separate planet, a varied, immensely rich cosmos.
In reality, except as a geographical appellation, Africa does not exist. Kapusconski needs to live all that in order to entirely grasp the glory and the consequence of a place like Africa.
Kapuscinski awakens from th reverie. He stares back at me, his eyes full of golden sun and unwavering sadness. I have envisioned life as an endless battle, as a frail equilibrium between survival and annihilation but also as a mosaic of vivid sjadow and kapuscinsski metamorphosis.
And I have understood that nothing will ever conquer the immense elephant of the world, nothing will ever conquer Africa and its power within. For its power remains in its untamable nature, and its nature is its people.
View all 54 comments. Apr 06, Rowena rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ryszard Kapuscinski reported on African events for a Polish newspaper for over 40 years. He was definitely in Africa at the right times; during the fights for independence, military coups and so on.
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Kapuscinski placed events like the Rwandan genocide and the lesser-known Burundian genocide that happened alongside it in their cultural and historical contexts.
There were many surprises along the way, yhe biggest shocker for me being the fact that the descendants of former slavesthe Americo-Liberians, just about re-enacted what they had been through in America when they settled in Liberia among the indigenous Africans.
Why I think 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. I am always surprised when a non-African writer tries to understand the culture, in a non-judgemental or critical way, as pessimistic tge that may sound.
In the European worldview, time exists outside man, exists objectively, and has measurable and linear characteristics. Africans apprehend time eun. For them, it is a much looser concept, more open, elastic, subjective. It is man who influences time, its shape, course and rhythm.
A very easy, entertaining read with passages of the most beautiful and poetic language. A great introduction to African history which encouraged me to learn more about the events in depth. View all 22 comments.
Sep 03, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is insightful prose written by a Polish journalist who spent years traveling around Africa beginning in the s. It is a collection of essays that follow Kapuscinski’s time spent in Africa; during coups, wars, racial tensions, hunger, starvation, sickness, and more. Though I didn’t love the parts of the book that seemed highly dramatized, what I really liked about this is that Kapuscinski gets into the experience, living it and detailing it.
He’s not a removed journalist. In fact, this This is insightful prose written by a Polish journalist who spent years traveling around Africa beginning in the s. In fact, this book reads like a great collection of stories. He talks about the racial tensions of that time, the distinctive culture of each country in Africa, the political climate, the people, the food, the terrain, shafow his thf vulnerabilities. There is some sun, even with the shadow. It is a book filled with details, vivid descriptions, dialect, and history, narrated with storytelling ease.
It is the type of book which intertwines serious journalism with storytelling–very appealing. View all 11 comments.
May 13, Jeannette rated it it was ok. Goodreads changed my experience with this book. For much of the time I was reading it, I was mesmerized by the writing, flabbergasted by thw of the information about Africa, and convinced I was encountering the continent in a nuanced and subtle and authentic manner. I planned to give a copy to my husband for his birthday and to recommend it to my book group. Curious about what other readers thought, I looked at some of the almost reviews of it on goodreads, and it was there that I came acro Goodreads changed my experience with this book.
Apparently some readers have argued that some of his errors don’t matter. To me they do. The long list of other errors in Ryle’s review are similarly damning. It’s such a shame.
But now he’s filled my mind with unforgettable images of Africa that I cannot trust. View all 3 comments. Una maravilla de libro, escrito de manera muy sencilla y agil. Muy interesante, de esos libros en los cuales a medida que vas leyendo no paras de consultar datos en internet. 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.
Te ayuda a conocer el continente africano y a sus gentes, sus conflictos, sus creencias, etc Dec 22, Susan rated it it was amazing. Africa was not his only beat, but when he spent time there he spent time with the people and shared their lives when he could. 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. What he lacked in funds he made up in ingenuity and a willingness to share in the lives of Africans with the result that he got the big stories a coup in Zanzibar is the subject of one piece but also the stories thhe the little people.
Kapuuscinski went to visit friends in remote villages where there wasn’t enough to eat. He traveled in war zones. He met the dictators and sadists who were independent Africa’s first rulers. Once traveling with Greek correspondent in the region of Lake Victoria, he took refuge in a hut where he collapsed, exhausted, into a bunk only to discover a huge Egyptian cobra coiled underneath.
He and the Greek threw their weight aun a huge metal container their only weapon and tried to crush it. The canister did not cut into the snake and they had to wrestle it to death. He got cerebral malaria, nearly died, and lived with the after affects for years. The pieces in this book are beautifully written, undoubtedly due in part of the translator. Not like journalistic pieces one usually reads, with their pyramid structure and journalistic phrases and short cuts.
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He put himself on the line in every piece—it was personal, heartfelt and wise. He engaged seriously with people, didn’t just watch from afar or “interview the participants”. One learns a great deal about the history of Africa—and why in a sense there was no history until the Europeans started to divide Africa up into colonies and zones of interest.