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Ebene by Ryszard Kapuscinski

Ebene (original 1998; edition 2002)

by Ryszard Kapuscinski

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Authors:Ryszard Kapuscinski
Info:Pocket (2002), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Tags:Afrique, récit, guerre, autobiographie, voyage, journalisme

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The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuściński (1998)

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This a book of writings by a Polish journalist relating to his times in Africa over many decades. The writing is crisp and clear, the stories well nuanced and insightful, and the whole thing is totally without ego - there is almost nothing bout the author - the stories are the focus.
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  mbmackay | Apr 27, 2016 |
Fantastic insights into the cultures, politics, wonders, and problems of the continent of Africa. The observations were made over the course of decades, which provides historical perspective as well. The book was written in the mid-to-late 90s, so I wonder how much has changed in the 15-20 years since. Kapuscinski has a way of making his observations vivid, even poetic. The last two pages are masterful and touching. ( )
  TrgLlyLibrarian | Feb 1, 2015 |
Una mirada a l'Àfrica molt interessant, explicant diferents conflictes viscuts en primera persona, en països diferents. Procesos d'independència. Canvis de règim.. una aproximació a la complexitat i a la forma de veure les coses. La difícultat de solucionar els problemes de l'Àfrica.

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  gatxanshan | May 18, 2013 |
Como Kapuściński diz no prefácio, a África não existe, a não ser em um sentido geográfico. Infelizmente, para muitos leitores ela também existe como estereótipo, como um lugar exótico e atrasado.
Ébano - que pode ser lido como um conjunto de ensaios ou como um romance - não tenta falar do imenso continente com preconceito ou com idealismo. Kapuściński nos explica a situação de Ruanda, vê o vídeo da tortura do ex-presidente da Libéria, mora na periferia de uma cidade em Gana (evitando o bairro europeu), vai em vilas pequenas, perde-se no deserto. E ele não se prende aos golpes de estado e guerras, contando com o mesmo interesse um costume local. Em um capítulo, ele fala das feridas do imperialismo na África que quer independência, mostra como os novos dirigentes não querem mudar o sistema, mas ter os privilégios dos funcionários europeus, e como os negros trazidos dos EUA para a Libéria reproduziram o modelo escravista do sul no país africano. No próximo capítulo ele contará sobre um homem que encontrou, que vaga pela África ignorando fronteiras, à procura do irmão, ou sobre a menina que divide entre um grupo de crianças uma única bala.
Em resumo, interessantíssimo e bem escrito. Uma leitura excelente. ( )
  JuliaBoechat | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is a collection of essays from a foreign correspondent's experiences and perspectives in many African countries from the initial days of independence through the 90's and all the changes that he witnessed over 40 years. I enjoyed Ryszard Kapuściński's descriptions of the landscapes, historical events, travel tales and international politics that are scattered through this book of essays primarily about the colorful people he encountered all over the continent. ( )
  B.Mayaluna | Mar 25, 2012 |
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As literature, “The Shadow of the Sun” is in its way magnificent. As analysis, it can be strange. Mr Kapuscinski's account of Idi Amin's rule is inaccurate and his history of Rwanda is botched. Mysteriously, he travels from Djibouti to Gondar by way of Ndjamena: two sides of a huge triangle. Mr Kapuscinski tells it as it felt, rather than as it was, describing—sometimes, it seems, distastefully relishing—whatever is bizarre, humiliating, disgusting, exotic.
added by Serviette | editThe Economist (Jun 28, 2001)
The word 'reportage' appears twice in the jacket endorsements of this fine narrative study of African events and people, of African conditions and geography, by Ryszard Kapuscinski. According to John le Carré, Kapuscinski is the 'conjurer extraordinary of modern reportage'. According to Michael Ignatieff, who is no slouch in the same department, he has raised reportage 'to the status of literature'.
added by Serviette | editThe Guardian, Ian Jack (Jun 3, 2001)
He is lyrically succinct - in the stupor of noon a village was "like a submarine at the bottom of the ocean: it was there, but it emitted no signals, soundless, motionless" - and often hysterically funny.
added by mikeg2 | editThe Guardian, Geoff Dyer (Jun 2, 2001)
Ryszard Kapuscinski has led an extraordinary life. Born in 1932 in the marshlands of eastern Poland and raised in poverty, he became, in the 1950's, Poland's most celebrated foreign correspondent. For decades he roamed the globe on a laughably tight budget, living mostly in Africa, Asia and Latin America, filing stories for the Polish press agency PAP. It was a hairy beat. According to his American publisher, Kapuscinski ''witnessed 27 coups and revolutions; and was sentenced to death four times.''
Mr. Kapuscinski never loses his affection for the people whose lives he witnesses or his awe at the magnificence of the African spectacle, its oceanic size and variety, the beauty of its landscapes, the heavy weight of its patience and its spirituality. But as the vignettes roll on one after the other, Africa, in Mr. Kapuscinski's version of it, becomes ever more afflicted, more of a disaster. We do not learn in this book what happened in Ghana after the first hopeful years, or what became of Mr. Baako, but in his fragmentary, episodic way, Mr. Kapuscinski shows a continent sliding into governmental gangsterism, dependence on foreign aid, murderous tyrannies and urban populations with nothing to do.

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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

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Kapu?ci?ski, a Polish reporter, writes about his experiences in Africa during the latter half of the 20th century.

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