The Shadow of the Sun (Polish: Heban, literally “Ebony”) is a travel memoir by the Polish writer and journalist Ryszard Kapuściński. It was published by Penguin . Ryszard Kapuściński was a Polish journalist, photographer, poet and author. He received many awards and was considered a candidate for the Nobel Prize for. Ebano by Ryszard Kapuscinski, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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The walls, the bed, the table, and the floor were black. The first chapter was studded with generalisations about Africa and Africans that made my inner anthropologist cringe, and is the main reason I am docking this book one star. In he went to Iran to witness the Iranian Revolution. Davvero un bel libro, lo consiglio a chiunque ami viaggiare.

How should I deal with such colossi? He said there were inaccuracies in the story, for example, that Mengistu ‘s generals did not escape justice and that the ‘academics’ among them were few and far in between. Kapuscinski is poetic at times kapuscnski his story-telling, always capturing the humanistic undertones that others myself included may have overlooked.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Gina rated it it was ok Dec 24, In June he graduated from Warsaw University.

He wrote a book Travels with Herodotus where he shows that The Histories of Herodotus are timeless and the masterpiece of reportage. Asa Euridge rated it it was ok Sep 27, Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Consider the hypothetical case of an author publishing a book of scandalous revelations about the last years of the Gierek regime in communist Poland, using dubious information obtained in obscure circumstances from anonymous and untraceable members of the Polish Internal Security Police.

He is also a brave man who went into places and faced situations that appeared quite dangerous. Sometimes they lie down, sometimes they sit on the ground, or on a stone, or squat. A Polish postcrosser moniabk. This is not someone who has come to Africa to experience and report on the “real” Africa.

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Or a tribe who believes that if your truck breaks down, it’s because someone from another tribe cast a spell on it, and not because your truck needed maintenance? Often, the native and the newcomer have difficulty finding a common language, because each looks at the same place through a different lens. Later the family moved near Otwock. His sister Barbara was born the following year.

He moves within the rigors of time and cannot exist outside them.

Kaphscinski some of this time he also worked for the Polish Secret Service, although little ryszarr known of his role. Didn’t warm to the author particularly, or to his style, but some memorable anecdotes about Africa.

Kapuscniski writes with honesty and a love of Africa that is evident in the pages of this book, an account of his time as a jo I picked up this book while in a museum in Warsaw, there browsing through a stack of books in the museum shop.

There were, occasionally, others–good-hearted missionaries, enthusiastic travelers and explorers–but the eyszard, the standard, the atmosphere were for centuries set and sustained by a motley and rapacious international riffraff.

Anyway, I missed the clipped restraint of his Cold War crop here, that inscrutable concision which Consolidated Kapuscinski review here but I’ll note specifically for Shadow that within K’s work there exists by subtext, inference and intimation a kind of traveler’s creed, a little enchiridion of transience and peripatetic etiquette.

In the end, a readers gets a picture of Africa that is probably closer to reality. Then for most of the rest of the book he makes observations about African cultures character, and beliefs as though they were undifferentiated. Just a wonderful book–he is best as a fish out kapusclnski water making observations, and Africa is the perfect place for this. Though I enjoy travel journals of Africa, I found this book to be way overgeneralized and romantic.

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Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and 20th Centuriesed. Therefore, I think the book perpetuates many negative stereotypes about the people of Africa, a problem exacerbated by the age of the book, now more than 20 years old.


Archived from the original on August 2, Archived from the original on July 22, They squeal, croak, purr, grunt–so why not a cockroach? This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Each country he writes about is given individuality, because there is immense diversity, as he says in the beginning of the book: Tanti brevi scritti, tanti paesi visitati, persone incontrate, esperienze vissute.

Lists with This Book. For them, it is a much looser concept, more open, elastic, subjective. Tho not without various passages of keen Kapuscinskian insight: If anything, it will give a much-needed injection of what we need most in life: Clearly, the cockroaches were revulsed by a human being, recoiled with disgust, regarded me as exceptionally unpleasant, repugnant creature.

A normal one is too small for us to be able to hear it, but these giants? Then for most of the rest of the book he makes observations about African cultures character, and beliefs as though they were undifferenti Many stories in this book were interesting, especially those detailing the history of specific parts of Africa.

The opening lecture to the summer session at Jagiellonian University, in Krakow http: This was his first foreign trip.

But all the chapters are good, and they all have different focuses. Ma anche se, invece che di un milione,si fosse trattato di un solo innocente, non sarebbe forse sufficiente per dimostrare la presenza del diavolo e per dire che, nella primavera del il diavolo si trovava in Ruanda?


The chapters alternate between personal anecdotes from the author’s experience in Africa and more historical-based narration. The chapter on Liberia, a country I knew very little about, was absolutely terrifying.

He was celebrated by other practitioners of the genre. Come quando nella conferenza sul Ruanda sintetizza perfettamente il genocidio in poche frasi: