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Publisher Comments:

The Polish journalist whose The Soccer War and The Emperor are counted as classics of contemporary reportage now bears witness in Imperium to the disintegration of the Soviet Union. This magisterial book combines childhood memory with unblinking journalism, a radar for the truth with a keen appreciation of the absurd.

Imperium begins with Ryszard Kapuscinski's account of the Soviet occupation of his town in eastern Poland in 1939. It culminates fifty years later, with a forty-thousand-mile journey that takes him from the haunted corridors of the Kremlin to the abandoned gulag of Kolyma, from a miners' strike in the arctic circle to a panic-stricken bus ride through the war-torn Caucasus.

Out of passivity and paranoia, ethnic hatred and religious fanaticism that have riven two generations of Eastern Europeans, Kapuscinski has composed a symphony for a collapsing empire—a work that translates history into the hopes and sufferings of the human beings condemned to live it.

Synopsis:

By "the conjuror extraordinary of modern portage" (John le Carre)--a personal, brilliantly detailed exploration of the almost unfathomably complex Soviet empire. "When a writer of Mr. Kapuscinski's genius writes of the snows and the steppes of Siberia, of the doomed Aral Sea and Kiev . . . no pictures are necessary."--The Wall Street Journal. First time in paperback.

About the Author

Ryszard Kapuscinski was born in eastern Poland in 1932. His earlier books, which include Shah of Shahs, The Emperor, and The Soccer War, have been translated into nineteen languages. He died in January of 2007.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679747802
Translator:
Glowczewska, Klara
Author:
Glowczewska, Klara
Author:
Kapuscinski, Ryszard
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Poland
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Soviet Union Description and travel.
Subject:
Kapuscinski, Ryszard - Journeys -
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
World History-Eastern Europe
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
19950831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.18x5.16x.77 in. .55 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Journalism » General
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History and Social Science » World History » Russia
Travel » Russia and Independent States » Russia
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"Synopsis" by , By "the conjuror extraordinary of modern portage" (John le Carre)--a personal, brilliantly detailed exploration of the almost unfathomably complex Soviet empire. "When a writer of Mr. Kapuscinski's genius writes of the snows and the steppes of Siberia, of the doomed Aral Sea and Kiev . . . no pictures are necessary."--The Wall Street Journal. First time in paperback.
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