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From the master of literary reportage whose acclaimed books include Shah of Shahs, The Emperor, and The Shadow of the Sun, an intimate account of his first youthful forays beyond the Iron Curtain.

Just out of university in 1955, Kapuscinski told his editor that he'd like to go abroad. Dreaming no farther than Czechoslovakia, the young reporter found himself sent to India. Wide-eyed and captivated, he would discover in those days his life's work — to understand and describe the world in its remotest reaches, in all its multiplicity. From the rituals of sunrise at Persepolis to the incongruity of Louis Armstrong performing before a stone-faced crowd in Khartoum, Kapuscinski gives us the non-Western world as he first saw it, through still-virginal Western eyes.

The companion on his travels: a volume of Herodotus, a gift from his first boss. Whether in China, Poland, Iran, or the Congo, it was the "father of history" — and, as Kapuscinski would realize, of globalism — who helped the young correspondent to make sense of events, to find the story where it did not obviously exist. It is this great forerunner's spirit — both supremely worldly and innately Occidental — that would continue to whet Kapuscinski's ravenous appetite for discovering the broader world and that has made him our own indispensable companion on any leg of that perpetual journey.

Review:

"A year ago, while on an official visit to Ethiopia, I was given a tour of the Imperial Palace in Addis Ababa by the president. He showed me the treasure vaults in the basement where ancient Ethiopian crowns sit alongside other national treasures, including a vial of moon dust presented by NASA and a signed portrait of JFK, furnished by Jackie O. And I was taken into the bedroom of Emperor Haile Selassie,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Kapucinski's rapture is contagious... In this dramatic telling by one of modernity's ablest chroniclers, Herodotus stands for democracy, openness, and tolerance. The same can be said of the equally enigmatic, and certain to be missed, author." Lawrence Osborne, Men's Vogue

Review:

"An apt concluding chapter to Kapucinski's corpus, an attempt by a consummate observer to account for the route traced by his own life via the great Greek traveler and proto-historian. The two men, separated by 2 millenniums, shared a compulsive, openhearted curiosity... Who better to write about a man who could not sit still than a man who could not get still?" Ben Ehrenreich, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"A final gift, a call to wander widely and see deeply." Patrick Symmes, Outside

Review:

"Personally revealing... Kapucinski is not often didactic and never triumphalist. His luminous narratives are filled with odd juxtapositions and the ambiguities of real experience... Like Herodotus, Ryszard Kapucinski was a reporter, a historian, an adventurer and, truly, an artist." Matthew Kaminski, The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Extraordinary... Punctuated by wonder." Elizabeth Speller, Financial Times

About the Author

Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland's most celebrated foreign correspondent, was born in 1932 in Pinsk (in what is now Belarus) and spent four decades reporting on Asia, Latin America, and Africa. He is also the author of Imperium, Another Day of Life, and The Soccer War. His books have been translated into twenty-eight languages. Kapuscinski died in 2007.

Table of Contents

Crossing the Border

Condemned to India

The Train Station and the Palace

Rabi Sings the Upanishads

Chairman Maos One Hundred Flowers

Chinese Thought

Memory Along the Roadways of the World

The Happiness and the Unhappiness of Croesus

The Battles End

On the Origins of the Gods

The View from the Minaret

Armstrongs Concert

The Face of Zopyrus

The Hare

Among Dead Kings and Forgotten Gods

Honors for the Head of Histiaeus

At Doctor Rankes

The Greeks Technique

Before He Is Torn Apart by Dogs and Birds

Xerxes

The Oath of Athens

Time Vanishes

The Desert and the Sea

The Anchor

Black Is Beautiful

Scenes of Passion and Prudence

Herodotuss Discovery

We Stand in Darkness, Surrounded by Light

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400043385
Author:
Kapuscinski, Ryszard
Publisher:
Knopf
Translator:
Glowczewska, Klara
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Herodotus
Subject:
Kapuscinski, Ryszard
Subject:
Kapuscinski, Ryszard - Travel
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
travel;history;memoir;journalism;herodotus;non-fiction;africa;india;poland;china;greece;travel writing;ancient history;reportage;travelogue;travel literature;biography;polish;autobiography;asia;ancient greece;essays;middle east;europe;reisen;travels
Subject:
travel;history;journalism;memoir;non-fiction;herodotus;africa;india;poland;china;travel writing;greece;ancient history;reportage;travelogue;travel literature;biography;autobiography;asia;polish;ancient greece;essays;middle east;travels;polish literature;r
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070605
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.58x5.94x1.10 in. 1.00 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Kapucinski's rapture is contagious... In this dramatic telling by one of modernity's ablest chroniclers, Herodotus stands for democracy, openness, and tolerance. The same can be said of the equally enigmatic, and certain to be missed, author."
"Review" by , "An apt concluding chapter to Kapucinski's corpus, an attempt by a consummate observer to account for the route traced by his own life via the great Greek traveler and proto-historian. The two men, separated by 2 millenniums, shared a compulsive, openhearted curiosity... Who better to write about a man who could not sit still than a man who could not get still?"
"Review" by , "A final gift, a call to wander widely and see deeply."
"Review" by , "Personally revealing... Kapucinski is not often didactic and never triumphalist. His luminous narratives are filled with odd juxtapositions and the ambiguities of real experience... Like Herodotus, Ryszard Kapucinski was a reporter, a historian, an adventurer and, truly, an artist."
"Review" by , "Extraordinary... Punctuated by wonder."
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