Stated first edition. Translated b6y Klara Glowczewska. Poland's most celebrated foreign correspondent recounts his forty years of experiences in Africa, and the political and social changes he witnessed therein. A near fine copy in like DJ. Scarce in first. 325 pp. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: 'Only with the greatest of simplifications, for the sake of convenience, can we say Africa. In reality, except as a geographical term, Africa doesn't exist'. Ryszard Kapuscinski has been writing about the people of Africa throughout his career. In astudy that avoids the official routes, palaces and big politics, he sets out to create an account of post-colonial Africa seen at once as a whole and as a location that wholly defies generalised explanations. It is both a sustained meditation on themosaic of peoples and practises we call 'Africa', and an impassioned attempt to come to terms with humanity itself as it struggles to escape from foreign domination, from the intoxications of freedom, from war and from politics as theft.
Review: When Africa makes international news, it is usually because war has broken out or some bizarre natural disaster has taken a large number of lives. Westerners are appallingly ignorant of Africa otherwise, a condition that the great Polish journalist and writer Ryszard Kapuœciñski helps remedy with this book based on observations gathered over more than four decades.
Kapuœciñski first went to Africa in 1957, a time pregnant with possibilities as one country after another declared independence from the European colonial powers. Those powers, he writes, had "crammed the approximately ten thousand kingdoms, federations, and stateless but independent tribal associations that existed on this continent in the middle of the nineteenth century within the borders of barely forty colonies." When independence came, old interethnic rivalries, long suppressed, bubbled up to the surface, and the continent was consumed in little wars of obscure origin, from caste-based massacres in Rwanda and ideological conflicts in Ethiopia to hit-and-run skirmishes among Tuaregs and Bantus on the edge of the Sahara. With independence, too, came the warlords, whose power across the continent derives from the control of food, water, and other life-and-death resources, and whose struggles among one another fuel the continent's seemingly endless civil wars. When the warlords "decide that everything worthy of plunder has been extracted," Kapuœciñski writes, wearily, they call a peace conference and are rewarded with credits and loans from the First World, which makes them richer and more powerful than ever, "because you can get significantly more from the World Bank than from your own starving kinsmen."
Constantly surprising and eye-opening, Kapuœciñski's book teaches us much about contemporary events and recent history in Africa. It is also further evidence for why he is considered to be one of the best journalists at work today. --Gregory McNamee
Title: The Shadow of the Sun
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. Condition: Very Good. 1ST. Ships from Reno, NV. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP97881940
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Book Description Knopf Canada, Mississauga, ON, Canada, 2001. No Binding. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. The book is nice and clean. Edges are sharp and fine. No tears or creases. No stains, writing or reminder mark. The binding is straight and tight. The book itself is in pristine condition. Price intact.This book is marvel of humane, sorrowful and lucid observation. Translated from polish by Clara Glowczewska. Seller Inventory # 001302
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