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In reality, except as a geographical term, Africa doesn't exist'. Ryszard Kapuscinski has been writing about the people of Africa throughout his career. In astudy that avoids the official routes, palaces and big politics, he sets out to create an account of post-colonial Africa seen at once as a whole and as a location that wholly defies generalised explanations. It is both a sustained meditation on themosaic of peoples and practises we call 'Africa', and an impassioned attempt to come to terms with humanity itself as it struggles to escape from foreign domination, from the intoxications of freedom, from war and from politics as theft.

Ryszard Kapuscinski was born in Poland in As a foreign correspondent for PAP, the Polish news agency, until he was an eyewitness to revolutions and civil wars in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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The Shadow of the Sun

A wrenching, poignant portrait of Africa and Africans by a Polish journalist who first visited the continent in Kapuscinski Imperium, , etc. The Shadow of the Sun. Ryszard Kapuscinski. A moving portrait of Africa from Poland's most celebrated foreign correspondent - a masterpiece from a modern master. Famous for being in the wrong places at just the right times, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa in , at the beginning of the end of colonial rule - the "sometimes dramatic and painful, sometimes enjoyable and jubilant" rebirth of a continent.


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Suppose we were to launch a spacecraft with the intention of establishing literary contact with the residents of some remote part of the galaxy. If we had room for only one contemporary writer, whom would we send? I'd vote for Ryszard Kapuscinski, because he has given the truest, least partial, most comprehensive and vivid account of what life is like on our planet. For almost 30 years he was a roving foreign correspondent for the Polish Press Agency. During that time he witnessed 27 revolutions and coups. Though dutifully fulfilling his brief, he was also a kind of narcotics-free gonzo journalist, suddenly breaking contact with Warsaw and disappearing without trace to throw himself "into the jungle, float down the Niger in a dugout, wander through the Sahara with nomads".

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