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The population of Africa was a gigantic, matted, crisscrossing web, spanning the entire continent and in constant motion, endlessly undulating, bunching up in one place and spreading out in another, a rich fabric, a colourful arras Ryszard Kapuscinski, The Shadow of the SunA man I d unfortunately never heard of wrote one of the most engaging historical reflections I ve ve ever read Ryszard Kapuscinski reported on African events for a Polish newspaper for over 40 years He was definitely in Africa at the right times during the fights for independence, military coups and so on Kapuscinski placed events like the Rwandan genocide and the lesser known Burundian genocide that happened alongside it in their cultural and historical contexts.There were many surprises along the way, the biggest shocker for me being the fact that the descendants of former slaves , the Americo Liberians, just about re enacted what they had been through in America when they settled in Liberia among the indigenous Africans It s definitely a reminder of how history is often repeated.Why I think this stands out as a historical account is not only because of the proximity of the writer to the actual events, but also his observations I am always surprised when a non African writer tries to understand the culture, in a non judgemental or critical way, as pessimistic as that may sound Kapuscinski was definitely an observer and tried to understand things that were foreign to him, things such as the African concept of time , which I found very interesting and enlightening The European and the African have an entirely different concept of time In the European worldview, time exists outside man, exists objectively, and has measurable and linear characteristics Africans apprehend time differently For them, it is a much looser concept, open, elastic, subjective It is man who influences time, its shape, course and rhythm Ryszard Kapuscinski, The Shadow of the SunThe author showed the complexity of the African society, the fact that it s not homogeneous in the least.A very easy, entertaining read with passages of the most beautiful and poetic language A great introduction to African history which encouraged me to learn about the events in depth. Goodreads changed my experience with this book For much of the time I was reading it, I was mesmerized by the writing, flabbergasted by some of the information about Africa, and convinced I was encountering the continent in a nuanced and subtle and authentic manner I planned to give a copy to my husband for his birthday and to recommend it to my book group Curious about what other readers thought, I looked at some of the almost 500 reviews of it on goodreads, and it was there that I came across one reader s reference to John Ryle s 2001 review of the book in the Times Literary Supplement http www.richardwebster.net johnryle.html Persuasive and beautifully crafted, that review points out numerous errors of fact within Shadow of the Sun errors that Ryle argues betray Kapu ci ski to be mythmaker than journalist Apparently some readers have argued that some of his errors don t matter To me they do When Kapu ci ski tells us, for instance, that the only bookstore in all of Ethiopia is on the university campus there and that it was completely empty when he visited it and that this is the situation in most of Africa, it makes a profound impression me When Ryle, the scholar, tells us that on his last visit, there were at least a half a dozen bookshops in Addis Ababa, all with books for sale, in many languages, I have to conclude that Kapu ci ski was either disgracefully ignorant or downright deceptive in crafting his tropical baroque Ryle s term fables The long list of other errors in Ryle s review are similarly damning.It s such a shame Kapu ci ski may have been fearless and intrepid and he certainly wrote like a master But now he s filled my mind with unforgettable images of Africa that I cannot trust. 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 shadow.It 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. Qu th c ra r t x u h khi n gi m i c cu n s ch tuy t v i n y C r t nhi u i u m x u h m nh bi t style c a d ch gi kh ng th n o y u th ch v d ch 1 t c ph m b nh th ng c, ch ng n i n d , m nh bi t tr nh c a d ch gi , n n n u c th s kh ng c n c ch t b n kho n v ng m c n o v l i t c gi hay d ch gi , m nh bi t s c n th n c n tr ng v nghi m t c khi l m vi c c a d ch gi m nh c r t nhi u review v t c ph m n y m v n kh ng ch u c ng l gu c c a m nh ch t p trung m ng Fiction, n n r t ng i c non fiction, m m nh l i th ch c nh ng th s ng s a p nh c n Ch u Phi l th y kh ng d v o r i , r t nh ki n r i c xong l i c ng ch n ng i v nh ng nh n nh thi n c n c a m nh, v n hi u bi t h n h p c a m nh.T c ph m n y c th coi nh m t cu n c m nang r t g n v Ch u Phi t l ch s , a l , v n h a, t p t c, con ng i M t Ch u Phi b n, t i t m d h ng tr n nh n ng m t tr i, m t Ch u Phi s ng ng th n t nh, s i n i, c ng r t ng y th nhi u khi n ng ng c, Ch u Phi h n n l n x n nh ng l i r t quy t c, th t th To n cu n s ch l nh ng m ng i l p ch u Phi gi u c tr ph , nh ng c ng ki t qu thu c d ng c ng inh r i m v n c b v t ki t m t l c a i kh nh ng sao v kh u m l m th n i n c l th qu gi nh t nh ng v n th y h ng km chai nh a x p h ng i n c trong tr t t v..v..M nh th ch c i t n G mun n y, c c i g v a qu gi , v a b n b , v a d o dai, v a p , t n qu T n ti ng Anh The shadow of the Sun c m t ng l i r t nh ki n V c xong m i hi u r t i sao Ryszard Kapu ci ski l i c ng ng m v t n vinh n nh v y ch c n t ng t ng 1 ph n nh c a h nh tr nh ng tr i qua vi t G mun M t vi c x u h n a l m nh c cu n n y tr n vnthuquan, l i typo kh nhi u M nh v n c b n hard u nh , nh ng ph i nh c b n soft n y m nh m i quy t t m c Hy v ng gi c can m ti p t c v i Gi a l ng t m t i D Ka u da je autor ovim spisom stvorio novi knji evni anr, reporta ni roman Ka em da je to irelevantna birokratska kategorija itanje oboga uje, u svakom mogu em aspektu Tokom itanja se sabla njavate, pla ete, histeri no smejete, vi ete i ri ete, ivite kontinent koji nikada i nikako ne ete iveti, ovako i ovoliko duboko i autenticno itanje koje pe e kao saharsko Sunce i boli kao pri a o groblju slonova, najtu nija koju sam u ivotu pro itao.https bezimenaknjizevnazadruga.word Una maravilla de libro, escrito de manera muy sencilla y agil En ning n momento es aburrido y he aprendido un mont n Muy interesante, de esos libros en los cuales a medida que vas leyendo no paras de consultar datos en internet.Tambi n te cuenta episodios muy duros Las hambrunas de Etiopia, el genocidio de Ruanda, los se ores de la guerra de Liberia, los ni os soldado, la dureza de la vida en el desierto.Te ayuda a conocer el continente africano y a sus gentes, sus conflictos, sus creencias, etc y al menos yo me he dado cuenta de lo poco que sab a de todo eso, aunque muchos de esos sucesos los haya visto de pasada en los telediarios.Altamente recomendable. G mun l m t cu n s ch v ch u Phi C l ch nh x c h n ph i n i G mun l m t cu n s ch ch u Phi, b i l n kh ng ph i l d ng s ch du k c a m t du kh ch n nh n, ng m, b nh lu n i i u, r i tr o l n xe i N l m t cu n s ch c a m t con ng i b n trong ch u Phi, s ng c ng ch u Phi, ch ng ki n nhi u, r t nhi u c i ch t ch u Phi, v trong nhi u d p kh c nhau r t g n v i c i ch t ch u Phi c i ch t c th n t m t con r n h mang i t ng n m ngay d i t m ph n, c th n t l mu i kh t m u ch ng k m nh ng tay c t i v n kh ng ph i l hi m ch u Phi, c th n t c c c n b nh qu i c c a x s n y nh s t r t n o hay s t bu n ng , c th n t c i n ng kinh ho ng, m c ng c th n t m t h ng s ng vu v n o y, m s ng ch u Phi th c nhi u v c s n, c khi c n d t m h n c l ng th c hay n c u ng c G mun, t i th ng xuy n b n kho n t i sao Kaspuscinski c th li u m ng n th Can m, h n nhi n, nh ng ch can m ch a am m , ph i c am m ng t ng n m i c th s ng, h nh ngh , v vi t trong mu n tr ng hi m nguy n v y.T i c ng th ng xuy n t h i i u g l m n n s quy n r c a cu n s ch Trong Du h nh c ng Herodotus, t i th y Kaspucinski hay t ra h ng chu i c u h i li n nhau, v d v V n l tr ng th nh Nh n ng m c nh t ng n y, ch m v o c c kh i c nh ng ng i ng xu ng v lao d ch gom g p v y qua h ng th k l m g i u c ngh a g kh ng C ch l i g kh ng , hay v m t cu c h nh h nh l quy t nh c a ai C a i h i D n ch ng C a H i ng Th nh ph C a y ban Ph ng th Babylon C cu c tranh lu n n o v v n n y hay kh ng C ai ph n i kh ng C ki n kh c kh ng Ai quy t nh c ch gi t nh ng ng i ph n n y V chuy n b p ng t h C c c ngh kh c kh ng em m h b ng gi o Ch m b ng ki m Thi u tr n gi n l a N m xu ng d ng s ng Euphrates ch y qua th nh ph C n trong G mun, l nh ng quan s t l m ng i c gi t m nh Ch ng h n, v gi Kh ng kh khi ng y n ch ng c ch t gi tr g , nh ng ch c n chuy n ng n l p t c c gi v con ng i ch u Phi H , Ng i Da en, ch a bao gi t ng chinh ph t ai, kh ng x m l c ai, kh ng b t ai l m n l H thu c ch ng t c da en, nh ng trong s ch , v Ng i ch u Phi l m t ng i t khi ch o i cho n l c ch t lu n lu n ngo i m t tr n, chi n u v i thi n nhi n c bi t l th ngh ch c a ch u l c m nh, v ch ri ng vi c s ng v bi t c ch t n t i l chi n c ng l n nh t c a anh ta C r t nhi u quan s t ki u nh th trong su t cu n s ch Ch c ch n b n c th nh t ra nhi u quan s t tinh t h n, th v h n C n d i y, l m t v i quan s t c a t i t nh ng c u chuy n k c a Kapuscinski Trang 332, o n n i v can nh a N i chung can nh a c v s u i m M t trong c c u i m quan tr ng nh t l n thay th con ng i khi x p h ng M x p h ng l y n c n i c xe ch n c n th ph i ng c ng y Khi xe ch y ngang ch u Phi, ng i ta nh n th y nh ng h ng can nh a nhi u m u d i h ng c y s ang ch n c n Trang 317, o n m t giao th ng tr n nh ng con ng c , h p, ch t n ch V y m y kh ng ai la m ng ai, kh ng ai t c gi n ai, kh ng ai v ng t c, ch i r a hay n t n , t t c m i ng i u ki n nh n v y n l ng l m cu c v t ch ng ng i c a m nh, l ch v n , d ng m u m o, r o n, xoay x , chen ch c, v tr c h t, quan tr ng nh t, l ti n l n N u c t c ngh n, m i ng i ng l ng v b nh t nh c ng tham gia gi i t a n u b k t, t t c s c ng gi i quy t t nh hu ng n y, t ng mi li m t m t Trang 304, v shir, cu c h p c a t t c n ng tr ng th nh Somalia Ng i Somalia kh ng c b t c quy n l c t n ti n o tr n m nh Quy n l c duy nh t ch nh l c c cu c h p nh th n y, n i m i ng i u c th ph t bi u Shir l m t tr n om s m m , nh ng cu c c i v , h h t, l n x n Nh ng cu i c ng quy t nh quan tr ng nh t c a ra i ti p theo h ng n o Khi ta s x p h ng theo tr t t nh s n t h ng bao th k v l n ng B n th y g ch a ch u Phi, ng i ta x p h ng l y n c, kh ng v ng t c hay ch i r a khi t c ng, v , c nh ng cu c h p quy t nh h ng i m m i ng i u c th ph t bi u. &Read Book ✒ Heban ↾ 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 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 Kapu ci ski was a Polish journalist who died in 2007, and who spent time in Africa between the late 1950ies and the 1990ies 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 He was the first Polish foreign correspondent to cover Africa and he was always seriously underfunded compared with those representing the big European and American publications and agencies What he lacked in funds he made up in ingenuity and a willingness to share in the lives of Africans with the result that he got the big stories a coup in Zanzibar is the subject of one piece but also the stories about the little people He went to visit friends in remote villages where there wasn t enough to eat He traveled in war zones He met the dictators and sadists who were independent Africa s first rulers Once traveling with Greek correspondent in the region of Lake Victoria, he took refuge in a hut where he collapsed, exhausted, into a bunk only to discover a huge Egyptian cobra coiled underneath He and the Greek threw their weight behind a huge metal container their only weapon and tried to crush it The canister did not cut into the snake and they had to wrestle it to death He got cerebral malaria, nearly died, and lived with the after affects for years.The pieces in this book are beautifully written, undoubtedly due in part of the translator Not like journalistic pieces one usually reads, with their pyramid structure and journalistic phrases and short cuts Kapu ci ski s scope was broader, from the latest war or coup to serious attempts to characterize African people He put himself on the line in every piece it was personal, heartfelt and wise He engaged seriously with people, didn t just watch from afar or interview the participants.One learns a great deal about the history of Africa and why in a sense there was no history until the Europeans started to divide Africa up into colonies and zones of interest Why there d never be a history because there were no documents at all, only the oral stories the people told The chapter on Rwanda is worth the purchase of the book alone Kapu ci ski put the genocide in a context which none of the several books I read on the subject of the Rwandan genocide was able to do Similarly, another long chapter on a visit to Liberia developed a context for the awful civil wars which began when an army sergeant took charge and carved up the President in his bed without even a plan for what he d do when he became leader and was eventually carved up himself That essay ends when Kapu ci ski is allowed to travel up country and meet the tribal people which the ruling Americo Liberians called aboriginals when I visited in 1965 They are coming into Monrovia across a bridge and Kapu ci ski sees a naked man with a Kalashnikov, the others carefully stepping out of his way A madman with a Kalashnikov is how he, quite appropriately, ends the essay.Kapu ci ski s focus in this book is mostly East Africa and the Sahara and Sanhel, a few mentions of West Africa, not much of Southern Africa Not much about the civilized parts of Northern Africa. A book like this would normally I would have imagined taken me very little time to read because I would devour it in a binge of gulpings and swallowings but it took me a good deal longer In part, for the simple reason that I was taken up with other things and couldn t find the freedom to absorb myself in his world as I would have liked but also for the equally simple but at the same time profound reason that there was just too much to take in.I listed it as epistolary and though it is not officially so it reads like a series of letters across a long career working in the continent of Africa as it breaks free of colonialism and steps onwards into independence Sometimes this takes him on a positive journey but far too often it brings him into contact with the dark horror or vicious oppression and poverty Years ago i read Thomas Eidson s novel St Agnes stand in which a group of nuns are cornered in the desert of the US and as I read it my throat experienced the parched land in which they were caughtand i swear I felt thirsty As I read Kapuscinski s accounts of poverty and degradation and the destruction of hope and joy I swear I felt just a little of that pain and sadness He is masterful at making you see, of making you hear and smell and notice and this is a great grace Salman Rushdie talks somewhere about novels enabling us to meet and hear and encounter people from whom we would normally flee, this journalist does exactly the same thing.Across this book you journey through about 50 years and he touches down in various places and times Tyrants and despots crowd around for your attention alongside the poor and downtrodden The eternal optimist in his writing argues back and forth with the realist and some lovely achingly beautiful images come about He writes of political change and geographical oddities, he writes of celebration and colour and welcome and then flips the coin and there is hatred and fear and isolation but through it all is this really wonderful sense of his real love for the African peoples He does not shy away from the brutality and stupidity of things that have happened he drives home the guilt and irresponsibilty of the previous colonial powers whilst not ignoring the obvious culpability of the fools and, much worse, the thieves and thugs so often in power now but over riding it all his eternal optimist seems to gain the upper hand He writes fondly of the odd quirks and traditions and emphasizes the importance of cultures listening and learning and therefore beginning to understand each other even if not agreeing I suppose, in many ways, this is an imprtant service his writing might achieve He sometimes writes with his tongue firmly in his cheek and I found this an endearing breather after the sadness and bleakness of some of what he had to relate Speaking of a growing relationship with his driver, Omenka, with whom he worked he writes On the day we first met, I gave him nothing as we parted He walked away without so much as a good bye I dislike cold, formal relations between people and I felt bad So the next time I gave him 50 naira the local currency He said goodbye and smiled this, Kapuscinski relates, cheered him and so he gradually increased the amounts he gave to the driver and after each increase the man s response to him also deepened until without stretching this story out any longer, suffice it to say that I ended up showering him with so many naira that we were simply unable to part Omenka s voice was always trembling with emotion, and with tears in his eyes he would swear his everlasting devotion and fidelity This humour might seem when taken out of context to be a belitling or criticizing of the driver but within the framework of Kapuscinski s admiration for Africa and its peoples it does not read like that I chose the example purely cos it made me smile and was a wonderful example of his ability to create in such a way that you met the people of whom he was speaking.There are so many lovely passages that i could just lift sentences and phrases from almost every chapter but that would be to fragment what is a really lovely creation, someone described it as a mosaic and that is a great image For him Africa is ever alert to its chance for change and growth and so maybe the very last paragraph is a wonderful clarion call of hope and a good quotation on which to finish Everyone walked in silence to their huts, and the boys snuffed out the lights on the tables It was still night, but Africa s most dazzling moment was approaching the break of day