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Ryszard Kapuściński (1932–2007)

Author of The Shadow of the Sun

90+ Works 9,355 Members 202 Reviews 55 Favorited

About the Author

Ryszard Kapuscinski was born in Pinsk, a city now in Belarus on March 4, 1932. He received a master's degree in history from the University of Warsaw. He worked for the Communist journal Sztandar Mlodych, The Flag of Youth. He wrote an article describing the misery and despair of steel workers at a show more new steel plant outside of Krakow that the party bosses had extolled as a showpiece of proletarian culture. He was fired and forced into hiding. Later his findings were confirmed by a blue-ribbon task force and he was awarded Poland's Golden Cross of Merit. In 1962, PAP, the Polish news agency, appointed him its only correspondent in the third world. His articles about third world conflicts eventually appeared in a series of books including The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat, about the lapsed life of Haile Selassie's imperial court; The Soccer War, which dealt with Latin American conflicts; Another Day of Life, about Angola's civil war; Shah of Shahs, about the rise and fall of Iran's last monarch; and Imperium, an account of his travels through Russia and its neighbors after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He also wrote for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Granta. In 1981, the government of General Wojciech Jaruzelski stripped him of his journalistic credentials after he committed himself to the Solidarity trade union movement. He then began working with underground publishers, contributing poems, and supporting the dissident culture. He died January 23, 2007 at the age of 74. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Ryszard Kapuściński

The Shadow of the Sun (1998) — Author — 2,092 copies
Travels with Herodotus (2004) 1,704 copies
Imperium (1993) 1,091 copies
Shah of Shahs (1982) 953 copies
The Soccer War (1978) 745 copies
Another Day of Life (1976) 554 copies
The Other (2006) 275 copies
Autoportret reportera (2003) 91 copies
Lapidarium (1995) 72 copies
Lapidarium IV (2000) 19 copies
Die Welt im Notizbuch (2000) 18 copies
3 x Kapuscinski (1993) 11 copies
Lapidaria I-III (1997) 10 copies
Lapidaria IV-VI (2008) 10 copies
Notizen eines Weltbürgers (2007) 10 copies
Kirgiz schodzi z konia (1988) 9 copies
Lapidarium V (2002) 9 copies
Cesarz. Szachinszach (1988) — Author — 8 copies
Stelle nere (2015) 8 copies
Gdyby cała Afryka... (2011) 7 copies
Z Afryki (2000) 5 copies
Wiersze zebrane (2008) 5 copies
Lapidarium III (1997) 5 copies
Lapidarium VI (2007) 4 copies
Opere (2009) 4 copies
Prawa natury (2006) 3 copies
Taccuino d'appunti (2004) 3 copies
Oeuvres (2014) 3 copies
Ze Świata (2008) 3 copies
Notes 2 copies
Car (2016) 2 copies
POESIA COMPLETA (2008) 2 copies
Afrika aslanı (2000) 2 copies
Gỗ Mun 1 copy
Cesarz 1 copy
TJETRI 1 copy
EL EMPERADOR 1 copy
2 1 copy
Szahinszach 1 copy
Sjahen (1988) 1 copy
Hoàng Đế 1 copy
Drugi (2021) 1 copy
Lapidaria (2007) 1 copy
No abarco el mundo (2011) 1 copy
Estrellas negras (2013) 1 copy
Ebbenhout 1 copy

Associated Works

The Best American Travel Writing 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 346 copies
Granta 88: Mothers (2004) — Contributor — 164 copies
Granta 21: The Story-Teller (1987) — Contributor — 158 copies
Granta 26: Travel (1989) — Contributor — 154 copies
Granta 28: Birthday: The Anniversary Issue (1989) — Contributor — 150 copies
Granta 48: Africa (1994) — Contributor — 143 copies
Granta 73: Necessary Journeys (2001) — Contributor — 140 copies
Granta 20: In Trouble Again (1986) — Contributor — 131 copies
Granta 33: What Went Wrong? (1990) — Contributor — 131 copies
Granta 15: The Fall of Saigon (1985) — Contributor — 97 copies
The Granta Book of Reportage (Classics of Reportage) (1993) — Contributor — 94 copies
Granta 16: Science (1985) — Contributor — 82 copies
Granta 147: 40th Birthday Special (2019) — Contributor — 58 copies
Op reis met... — Contributor — 6 copies
The Emperor {play} (2016) — Original Author — 3 copies

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«Nadie, lo que se dice nadie, amigo mío, presentía que se acercaba el fin. Aunque tal vez se detectaba que algo flotaba en el ambiente, tal vez algo nos rondara por la cabeza, pero era tan vago, tan confuso que no se podía hablar del presentimiento de algo extraordinario. Y, sin embargo, hacía ya tiempo que el mayordomo deambulaba por palacio apagando un cada vez mayor número de luces, sólo que nuestra vista se fue acostumbrando a ese paulatino apagamiento, y se producía en nosotros un confortable estado de resignación interior ante el hecho de que por lo visto-no visto todo debía ser así: apagado, eclipsado y sumido en la penumbra, en unas sombras tenebrosas y en una nebulosa oscuridad».… (more)
 
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edalmau | 19 other reviews | May 5, 2024 |
One of my favorite books.
 
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Aidan767 | 39 other reviews | Feb 1, 2024 |
Un libro bastante entretenido. Te hace viajar a lugares y sucesos de un pasado cercano y también lejano, siempre procurando hacerte reflexionar sobre los hechos que se relatan. Sinceramente es mágico y especial que tengamos esos relatos para poder revivirlos en nuestra imaginación (recrearlos) , es algo espectacular, gracias Heródoto y Ryszard.
 
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keplerhc | 39 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
This is one I read some time ago and cannot recall enough about to review.
 
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