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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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I’d like to know if there is anything comparable that is more recent, that could look back on the last 15 years. I am a bit relieved that he had written only a score of books; he’d made me a full time traveler otherwise.

Un viaggio lungo, tortuoso, avventuroso, eppure affascinante, che accompagna fino agli anni novanta e apre una strada alla comprensione di una situazione che continua tristemente a evolvere e il cui capolinea si allontana.

After all, cows are the most important thing! The essays span the continent and quickly zoom the reader in and then back out of small incidents, large coups, nomadic wanderings, war lords, and everything and shaadow in between. Kapuscinski also reaches the odd and extreme places — Ethiopian Lalibela with its famed churches inthe great Nigerian market town of Onitsha with its market literature — as well as describing scenes from everyday African life, far off most beaten paths.

Aug 05, Lisa rated it really liked thhe Shelves: Perhaps this is a nod to the skills of the translator, as well as the author. According to Newton, time is absolute: The newcomer has a wide-angle lens, which gives him a distant diminished view, although with a long horizon line, while the local always employs a telescopic lens that magnifies the slightest detail. The book consists of loosely connected essays on the travels and specific experiences of the author interspersed with brief historical commentaries.


The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski. His readers benefit from his adventurous personality.

Only with the greatest simplification, for the sake of convenience, can we say ‘Africa. Published April 9th by Vintage first published Goodreads changed my experience with this book.

Journeys into the interior

I listed it as epistolary and though it is not officially so it reads like a series of letters across a long career working in the continent of Africa as it breaks free of colonialism and steps onwards into independence. Kapuscinski presents twenty-nine varied chapters from his trips to Africa. He offers shafow good historical overview, providing just what details are necessary for the episodes he recounts though given how unfamiliar and convoluted recent African history is it may be a bit too little.

I listed it as epistolary and though it is not offic A book like this would normally I would have imagined taken me very little time to read because I would devour it in a binge of gulpings and swallowings but it took me a good deal longer.

The Shadow of the Sun – Ryszard Kapuscinski

Not much about the more “civilized” parts of Northern Africa. It is something that springs to life under our influence, but falls into a state of hibernation, even nonexistence, if we do not direct our energy toward it.

In reality, except as a geographical term, Africa doesn’t exist. Kapuscinski himself continues to seem astounded by the overwhelming difficulties he encounters, and the endurance of the people. 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.


He has documented his adventures in numerous books, a frequent witness to significant if often barely acknowledged modern history. Burning hot continent, swept by waves of revolution, war, man slaughter but also of unbearable beauty. It is a quick, far-reaching, insightful read and a useful, well-presented introduction from one who witnessed much of what happened there.

But not everyone is a fan. Few have travelled as far and wide in the sub-Saharan area as Kapuscinski the northern African states, and South Africa, are conspicuously absent in this book. Discover what to read next.

For its power remains in its untamable nature, and its nature is its people. For them, it is a much looser concept, more open, elastic, subjective. Lists with This Book.

The pieces in this book are beautifully written, kapuscinsoi due in part of the translator. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. The Shadow of the Sun offers a good overview of all aspects of sub-Saharan Africa over the last four decades of the 20th century.