The Shadow of the Sun

The Shadow of the Sun

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In 1957, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland's state newspaper. From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda, Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift, and often violent, events that followed liberation. Kapuscinski hitchhikes with caravans, wanders the Sahara with nomads, and lives in the poverty-stricken slums of Nigeria. He wrestles a king cobra to the death and suffers through a bout of malaria. What emerges is an extraordinary depiction of Africa--not as a group of nations or geographic locations--but as a vibrant and frequently joyous montage of peoples, cultures, and encounters. Kapuscinski's trenchant observations, wry analysis and overwhelming humanity paint a remarkable portrait of the continent and its people. His unorthodox approach and profound respect for the people he meets challenge conventional understandings of the modern problems faced by Africa at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Baker & Taylor
A portrait of Africa from the mid-twentieth century to the present describes the end of colonial rule, the early years of independence, the violent disintegration of such nations as Nigeria and Rwanda, and the social and political developments that transformed the continent.

Baker
& Taylor

A moving portrait of Africa from the mid-twentieth century to the present describes the end of colonial rule, the early years of independence, the violent disintegration of such nations as Nigeria and Rwanda, and the social and political developments that transformed the continent, especially in the wake of the arrival of AIDS and the departure of white culture. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2001
ISBN: 9780679779070
0679779078
Branch Call Number: 960.32 KAP
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 24 cm

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uncommonreader
Jul 16, 2017

An excellent and insightful picture of Africa by the author who spent time there over a forty year period. He writes with dignity of people and places.

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borisch
Feb 17, 2012

Kapuscinski takes you along on a scintillating journey through some unexpected set ttings in Africa. You see the people not the travel posters. This is a stunning and memorable work by a true journalist with the heart and artistry of a poet.

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becker
Jul 17, 2011

This was a very interesting book written by a Polish journalist that spent many years covering news events in Africa. This is a very readable account of the complex political and social conditions in many of Africa's countries and how these conditions came about, starting with the death of colonialism. This book is not full of dry factual information, It is written from the perspective of human experience and is very enlightening.

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