Synopses & Reviews
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.
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
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
The Face of Zopyrus
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
The Oath of Athens
The Desert and the Sea
Black Is Beautiful
Scenes of Passion and Prudence
We Stand in Darkness, Surrounded by Light