The Shadow of the Sun has ratings and reviews. Dolors said: Ryszard Kapuscinski sits under the branchy shade of a solitary acacia and stares at. The Shadow of the Sun [Ryszard Kapuscinski] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In , Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness. In , Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland’s state.

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Journeys into the interior

My heart broke then broke again. The experiences of over 40 years travelling in and reporting from Africa are beautifully condensed in this small book. Kapuscinski hitchhikes with caravans, wanders the Sahara with nomads, and lives in the poverty-stricken slums of Nigeria.

They may ths rooted in his own experience, but his books are also full of amazing digressions, little essays – on how to make cognac, on the history of the Armenian book, on anything and everything.

Refresh and try again. It is man who influences time, its shape, course and rhythm. Kapuscinski is a very popular writer in Europe but has never broken out here.

The Shadow of the Sun : Ryszard Kapuscinski :

I gave that five stars, and reading that book convinced me to buy more of this authors work, including this book, which I have finally made time for from my shelf. Terror turns gives way to absurd slapstick, and vice versa. View all 6 comments.

He also specializes, it seems, in the obscurer and more troubled spots of what is known as the Third World, especially — though not exclusively — in Africa. Kapuscinski presents twenty-nine varied chapters from his trips to Africa. Looking for More Great Reads? The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski.


There is Africa’s glorious wildlife: The possibility, though, is always there. And yet these digressions are always integral to the conception of the work.

There is some sun, even with the shadow. Child soldiers, genocide, and the spectre of death haunt these pages. Apr 06, Rowena rated it it was amazing Shelves: You know the answer: A place where its people are one with its arid terrain, blinding light and spicy smells.

Aug 05, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: According to Newton, time is absolute: A chapter does not necessarily follow the one before, but sometimes they do.

The Shadow of the Sun : My African Life

This is insightful prose written by a Polish journalist who spent years traveling around Africa beginning in the s. Apr 09, Pages Buy. I would go as far as to say that The Shadow of the Sun is probably the best work of t This book came as a revelation to me! Africa was not his only beat, but when he spent time there he spent time with the people and shared their lives when he could. May 14, Dolors rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jul 05, Pages.

Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the kapusvinski. Kapuscinski is known for his reportage, perhaps more so than his books, and this book certainly displays an aspect of reportage, in that it can almost be read as a series of essays – some inter-related, but most not.


However, this technique also works in my favor as it allowed me to learn, lapuscinski and move on without apology. It enlightened me about the history, spirit and psyche of Africa a meaningless appellationand made me acutely aware of my smug ignorance about this vast, endlessly diverse continent.

The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuściński

The long list of other errors in Ryle’s review are similarly damning. Bouts with malaria and then tuberculosis also help him blend in and become accepted more readily, his lack of resources turning into a distinct advantage when he can not afford the care most any white person would demand. Trivia About The Shadow of the And I have understood that nothing will ever conquer the immense elephant of the world, nothing will ever conquer Africa and its power within. By living like a local, eating like a local, and getting malaria as a local, he got a unique perspective of everyday life.

In reality, except as a geographical term, Africa doesn’t exist’.

Also in Vintage International. He went to visit friends in remote villages where there wasn’t enough to eat.