Heban AUTHOR Ryszard Kapuściński review Ê 109

Summary Heban AUTHOR Ryszard Kapuściński

Heban AUTHOR Ryszard Kapuściński review Ê 109 ç Ébano no es un libro más sobre África es un fresco inmenso desde África Para escribirlo Kapuściński no visitó el continente se mudó a él y esa mudanza le cambió para siempre A las orillas de los caminos de tierra roja se fijó en todo lo ue un «enviado especial» pasa por aIrritación de Kapuściński ante uienes al regresar a sus países «presumían de haber vivido en África a la cual no habían visto en absoluto» Me impresionó tanto como el reproche ue me hizo un alumno «Los blancos siempre venís a explicarnos cómo somos»; o cómo la advertencia de un viejo misionero «África trata mal a uien viene huyendo» Kapuściński nunca cayó en ninguna de esas torpezas y por eso Ébano sigue siendo un bosuejo cabal sereno y acertado de todo un continen. Kapuściński first went to Africa in 1957 and over the next forty years returned whenever he could He says ‘I travelled extensively avoiding official routes palaces important personages and high level politics Instead I opted to hitch rides on passing trucks wander with nomads through the desert be the guest of peasants of the tropical savannah Their life is endless toil a torment they endure with astonishing patience and good humor‘This is therefore not a book about Africa but rather about some people from there –about encounters with them and time spent together’From Ghana to Guinea Angola to Addis Abababa he observed analysed and wrote I'm reading a biography of him now and the reports of his early years would have been infused with socialist zeal for the causes of African nationalism emerging from colonialism As well as immediate reports of events wars revolutions coups he wrote longer reports that analysed the background political social and economic factors underlying immediate events It's these I suspect that formed the basis for this book because naive enthusiasm for radical change had through experience been replaced by a full awareness that the regimes of African rulers could be just as brutal and exploitative as those of outside occupiers and in the case of rulers such as Idi Amn far worse than could have been imaginedKapuściński referred to his writing as 'literary reportage' setting it apart from routine agency journalism The uality of his writing was exceptionally important to him to the point where his output was often less than his employers would have liked This has been an important book for me to read as I really know very little of Africa apart from the outlines of its history and geography and the wars famines and violence that fill our news services Certainly the latter feature largely in The Shadow of the Sun but Kapuściński does spend time away from the European enclaves in towns and cities with 'ordinary people' and in the country areas where transport is almost non existent Without transport he emphasises exchange is difficult and trade almost impossible Poverty is inevitable in regions with no transport Another one of those ideas that states the obvious and shifts the way you see things ever after I borrowed a copy from the library and have now ordered two copies one for us and one for our son I'd like to know if there is anything comparable that is recent that could look back on the last 15 years

Ryszard Kapuściński ↠ 9 review

Crónicas a pie de calle y carretera se empaparon de ese feeling profundo del continente ue olemos y casi palpamos al leerlas la impresión simultánea de movimiento perpetuo y de permanencia nómada esa convivencia de lo efímero y lo ancestral ue cuestiona valores ue en Occidente creemos sólidos como la rocaÉbano pasaba de mano en mano entre la peueña colonia de expatriados de Malabo en Guinea Ecuatorial donde a los veintipocos viví y trabajé como profesor Nunca se me olvidó la. This is insightful prose written by a Polish journalist who spent years traveling around Africa beginning in the 1950s It is a collection of essays that follow Kapuscinski's time spent in Africa; during coups wars racial tensions hunger starvation sickness and Though I didn't love the parts of the book that seemed highly dramatized what I really liked about this is that Kapuscinski gets into the experience living it and detailing it He's not a removed journalist In fact this book reads like a great collection of stories He talks about the racial tensions of that time the distinctive culture of each country in Africa the political climate the people the food the terrain and his own vulnerabilities There is some sun even with the shadowIt is a book filled with details vivid descriptions dialect and history narrated with storytelling ease It is the type of book which intertwines serious journalism with storytelling very appealing

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Heban AUTHOR Ryszard KapuścińsÉbano no es un libro más sobre África es un fresco inmenso desde África Para escribirlo Kapuściński no visitó el continente se mudó a él y esa mudanza le cambió para siempre A las orillas de los caminos de tierra roja se fijó en todo lo ue un «enviado especial» pasa por alto las prisas de la descolonización atropellada; la marcha incesante y con lo puesto del gentío; los retablos profundamente humanos ue una y otra vez se arman y desarman en las cunetas de la HistoriaSus. Ryszard Kapuscinski sits under the branchy shade of a solitary acacia and stares at the incommensurable moonlike landscape unfolding in front of him Plains covered with parched thorny shrubs and vast extensions of sandy ground seem ablaze in a shimmering haze that refracts on the journalist’s eyes forcing him to suint “Water and shade such fluid inconstant things and the two most valuable treasures in Africa” this half historian half journalist recalls while revisiting the thirty years he spent roaming the most recondite spots of this battered continent castigated both by man and the most hostile aspect of nature A place where its people are one with its arid terrain blinding light and spicy smells A place where the night belongs to myth and spirits where time stretches and melts without shape or tempo A place where history does not exist in archives or records because it can only be measured by memory by what can be recounted here and now So I sit down next to Ryszard and I listen to his chronicleWith unsentimental approach and spartan phraseology unravelled in a collage of disorderly snapshots spread out in time and assorted geography Kapuscinski evokes the Africa that runs through his veins beats in his heart and brims over his memory avoiding clichés and showing the hidden face of this mistreated continent He neither judges nor idealizes the African culture Instead he narrows his incisive perspective down to the daily life of cast leaders peasants or the bayaye beggars eluding the official routes of embassies palaces or press conferences to disclose the reality of contemporary Africa Formally presented in autobiographical narrative but with the intimate tone of a personal diary the main events of the last century are overtly disclosed colonialism racism tribal wars mass famine sadistic genocide power struggles and corruption are tackled and dissected with factual crudity Kapuscinski’s account is that of a witness that of a wanderer who knows Africa to be a too disparate menagerie of tribes castes and ancient traditions to be framed as a whole “The continent is too large to describe It is a veritable ocean a separate planet a varied immensely rich cosmos Only with the greatest simplification for the sake of convenience we can say “Africa” In reality except as a geographical appellation Africa does not exist”One needs to inhale the pungent odor of rotten fish drying out in the scorching sun to wake up in a local hospital shuddering with the feverish coldness of malaria to observe emaciated children fainting next to markets full of provisions or used as kamikaze soldiers in the militia under the effect of drugs to assume that a useless object like a casserole or a rusty bicycle can make a difference between poverty and middle class to respect tribes whose only source of income comes from a camel or a cow and their culture of exchange to understand that misery condemns most to death and transforms a few into monsters bloody dictators crazied executioners like Idi Amín whose demented uest to exterminate the Tutsis cast in Rwanda was endorsed by several European presidents One needs to live all that in order to entirely grasp the glory and the conseuence of a place like AfricaKapuscinski awakens from his reverie He stares back at me his eyes full of golden sun and unwavering sadness Sitting under the shelter of this acacia tree I have listened to this man’s soul and I have felt The Spirit of Africa I have envisioned life as an endless battle as a frail euilibrium between survival and annihilation but also as a mosaic of vivid colors and ceaceless metamorphosis And I have understood that nothing will ever conuer the immense elephant of the world nothing will ever conuer Africa and its power within For its power remains in its untamable nature and its nature is its people