The Shadow of the Sun

The Shadow of the Sun

Book - 2001
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Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa in 1957, at the beginning of the end of colonial rule----the "sometimes dramatic and painful, sometimes enjoyable and jubilant" rebirth of a continent.The Shadow of the Sunsums up the author's experiences ("the record of a forty-year marriage") in this place that became the central obsession of his remarkable career. From the hopeful years of independence through the bloodcurdling disintegration of nations such as Nigeria, Liberia, Rwanda, and Angola, Kapuscinski recounts great social and political changes as seen through the prism of the ordinary African. He looks at the rough-and-ready physical world and identifies the true geography of Africa----a little-understood spiritual universe, an African way of being. And he offers a moving portrait of Africa in the wake of two epoch-making changes: the arrival of AIDS and the definitive departure of the white man. Kapuscinski's rare humanity invests his subject with a dignity and grandeur unmatched by any other writer on the Third World, and his unique ability to discern the universal in the particular has never been more powerfully displayed than in this work.The Shadow of the Sunis a masterpiece from a modern master.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679454915
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 22 cm


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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.

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.

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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