By Artur Domoslawski
Controversial biography of the twentieth-century grasp of literary reportage
Definitive biography of 1 of the main major newshounds of the 20th century.
Reporting from such different destinations as postcolonial Africa, progressive Iran, the army dictatorships of Latin the USA and Soviet Russia, the Polish journalist and author Ryszard Kapuściński used to be probably the most influential eyewitness reporters of the 20th century. through the chilly battle, he was once a dauntless investigator in addition to a towering literary expertise, and books reminiscent of The Emperor and Travels with Herodotus based the hot style of ‘literary reportage’. It used to be an success that introduced him international renown, let alone the uninvited attentions of the CIA.
In this definitive biography, Artur Domosławski shines a brand new gentle at the own relationships of this intensely charismatic, deeply deepest guy, interpreting the intractable factor on the middle of Kapuściński's lifestyles and paintings: the connection and stress among journalism and literature.
In studying this e-book, Domosławski, himself an award-winning international correspondent, loved exceptional entry to Kapuściński's inner most papers. the outcome strains his mentor’s footsteps via Africa and Latin the United States, delves into documents and documents that Kapuściński himself tested, and documents conversations with the folks that he talked to during his personal investigations. Ryszard Kapuściński is a meticulous, riveting portrait of a fancy guy of excessive interest residing on the middle of harmful times.
from the evaluate in mum or dad
"Kapuściński" has lengthy been certainly one of Poland's few the world over recognized names, akin to "Miłosz" or "Polanski". His shiny literary reporting of the makes use of and misuses of strength, within the books The Emperor, The football struggle and Shah of Shahs, used to be largely learn within the Eighties and past, partially a result of author's special place (a famous person reporter rising from the darkness of communist Poland, then in the course of martial legislation after a failed staff riot) yet in general for its strange variety – own, meticulous, literary, digressive. His wasn't the common means of writing journalism and, equally, Artur Domosławski's ebook isn't a standard biography. either the writer and his "hero", buddy and mentor stand proud of what was once applicable through the chilly conflict, and today.
The booklet triggered a lot controversy whilst it used to be released in Poland years in the past (with the identify Kapuściński – Non-Fiction). For international commentators, the most curiosity was once in researching how its topic had embroidered the reality in provider to variety or politics – the fabulations concerned his conferences with Che Guevara, Patrice Lumumba, Idi Amin and Salvador Allende. (The dad or mum ran various items in his defence, together with by means of Neal Ascherson and Timothy Garton Ash.) In Poland, the problems have been diverse. Kapuściński's widow attempted to forestall the book's book due to its unembellished descriptions of the writer's inner most lifestyles (in specific, his extramarital affairs). yet extra very important than those revelations used to be Domosławskii's affirmation of the reporter's shut reference to quite a few elements of the communist order, together with the intelligence companies; his trust in socialist ideology; and his uneasy edition to post-1989 realities. In enticing with all this, Domosławski has produced an extraordinary and sophisticated portrait of the People's Republic of Poland.