Aucratization f the world and the social threat Paper Cuts of its terror Yet they forget that these very bureaucrats are themselves terrorized and that they are terrorized by their desks Once plunked down behindne a man will never learn to tear himself freep 190 Today Mary S Son one hears about noise pollution but silence pollution is worse Noise pollution affects the nerves silence pollution is a matterf human lives No New York Encounter one defends the makerf a loud noise whereas those who establish silence in their wn states are protected by an apparatus f repression That is why the battle against silence is so difficultp142 excerpt from Claude Levi Strauss s Tristes Tropiues Facing difficulties The Christmas Child on the field and second guessing his career choices Meanwhile the prudentf my former colleagues were beginning to climb the academic ladder did my decision express a deep seated incompatibility with my social setting so that whatever happened I would inevitable live in a state f ever greater estrangement from
Through a remarkable my life adventure instead f Change opening up a new world for me had the effect ratherf brining me back to the Dream Girl oldne and the world I had been looking for disintegrated in my grasp If Travels With Herodotus was Kapuscinski s Alone ode to his passionf travel if Shadow The Time Traveler S Pocket Guide of the Sun was hisde to Africa The Emperor and The Shah Letter Of The Law of Shahs hisde to the rule The Watcher of despotic and complex characters Imperium hisde to the era Alaska S Train Story of the Second World Another Dayf Life his Sir John Hawkins ode to the ravagesf war the Other as his With Love In Mind ode to philosophy then the Soccer War seems to be hisde to the feelings Magic In Manhattan Volume One of joy and despair in the third world Notnly does Kapuscinski explore his Memrias De Branca Dias own feelings in such situations as revolutions and coups he explores his feelings in the contextf the larger and universal feelings Fatal Deeds of despair f Stories from a renowned Polish journalist who saw Africa in the sixties Lumumba s Congo a coup in newly independent Algeria the Nigerian civil war Ethiopian Somali war and famine parliamentary debaten a child support bill in Tanganyika now Tanzania Plus Israel Palestine Cyprus and the eponymous Soccer War between Honduras and El Salvador which kicked A Sheetcake Named Desire off becausef soccer tensions and lasted O Lago Dos Sonhos one hundred hours left 6000 dead and was missed by the world media who were focusedn the moon landingHis best anecdotes are about roadblocks in Nigeria "a Honduran soldier who risks his life to strip boots from the dead "Honduran soldier who risks his life to strip boots from the dead his barefoot family witnessing an execution Assassin S Haiku on television being asked to start a socialist party in the Congo trying to convince Ghanians that Poland albeit a country fullf white people was the colonized and not the colonizer and being held prisoner in Burundi and being saved by a Congolese who got a message to the UN Ben Bella s coup paranoia view spoilerHe no longer trusted anyone People were either plotting The Case Of The Overdressed Man or carryingut sabota. I stati gli stati compravano armi e molti giornali stranieri si chiedevano se tutto il continente non stesse per muovere alla conuista dell'Europa E così nel caldo soffocante del continente Kapuscinski arriva in Ghana poi in Congo dove assiste allo smarrimento della popolazione uando Lumumba viene assassinato; poi in Tanganika Sudafrica Algeria gni volta nei momenti più caldi all'esplodere di rivolte e rivoluzioni tentando sempre di capire cosa sta succede. And yet again another book that taught me not to whine and write about how the trip was uncomfortable the food was bad the mosuitoes were huge the leeches were everywhere etc These trivialities don "T Deserve Be Mentioned In Books "deserve to be mentioned in books if you are staring at the barrel f a gun pointed in your direction by a jittery boy no Yurei Attack The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide older than 8 yearsld in an improvised checkpoint in the middle Journey Into Christmas And Other Stories of night then that s something to write about Great book The difference between Kapuscincki and the average person could be summed up in an anecdote he relates in this book One evening he was drinking heavily as usual in a bar in some Third World backwater when a wild eyed man barges in and starts shouting They re killing anyone who goes down that road stay away I d stay put might even crawl under the table Kapuscinski finishes his drink and ventures down the road to see what s happening Brave man wonderful writer Fantastic fantastic fantastic Legendary Polish reporter recounts his time covering Africa Latin America and partsf Central Europe in the 60s and 70s in remarkably clean and pithy and luminous writing that pounds away until you realize it s woven a spell around you Alma Guillermoprieto told ur class as an exercise to improve ur writing that we should copy The Double Dabble Surprise one pagef a good book in longhand every day I may start doing that with this The Story Of Santa Klaus Told For Children Of All Ages From Six To Sixty one Here s a bit in non longhandThe whole landf the Yorubas is in flamesI was driving along a road where they say no white man can come back alive I was driving to see if a white man could because I had to experience everything for myself I know that a man shudders in the forest when he passes close to a lion I got close to a lion so that I would know how it feels I had to do it myself because I knew no The Jack The Ripper Suspects Persons Cited By Investigators And Theorists one could describe it to me And I cannot describe it to myself Nor can I describe a night in the Sahara The starsver the Sahara are enormous They sway above the land like great chandeliers The light Lost Christmas of those stars is green Night in the Sahara is as green as a Mazowsze meadow Everyone could see his muscles contracting and the sweat beading upn his sallow skin The tense muscles and streams Running Wild of sweat showed the ferocityf battle when life goes against death Everybody was interested in it because everybody wanted to know how much strength there was in life and how much there was in death Everybody wanted to see how long life could hold Bite Me off death and whether a young life that s still there and doesn t want to give up would be able toutlast death I am living Where In Temecula Wine Country A Pictorial Scavenger Hunt on a raft in a side street in the merchant districtf Accra The raft stands The Letters Of Vincent Van Gogh on pilings two storeys high and is called the Hotel Metropol In p145 The desk Behind such a desk man resembles an invalid in anrthaepedic brace Furniture divides man from man Upon the desk I have declared a silent war Many thinkers worry ver the progressive bure. 1958 un giornalista venticinuenne irreuieto parte per l'Africa dove tra andate e ritorni rimarrà per circa dieci anni A uel tempo il mondo s'interessava veramente a uello strano continente muto per secoli che cominciava a parlare e a far parlare di sé L'Africa era un enigma un mistero nessuno sapeva che cosa sarebbe successo uando trecento milioni di individui avrebbero drizzato la schiena e chiesto il diritto di parola In Africa cominciavano a nascere degl. ,It Through A Remarkable
Ge One day he introduced Boumedienne to an Egyptian journalist With The Words This Is The Man Who Is Preparing the words This is the man who is preparing conspiracy against me And he asked How are the "intrigues coming along uite well thank you Boumedienne replied hide spoiler Not a perfect book f "coming along uite well thank you Boumedienne replied hide spoiler Not a perfect book f but near as dammit The first Kapuscinski book I ve read and won t be the last Extraordinarily vivid and lucid writing Reminded me a little f Graham Greene in the flatness Your Idea Machine of tone and matterf fact vivid and lucid writing Reminded me a little The Stainless Steel Rat Sings The Blues of Graham Greene in the flatnessf tone and matter Path Of The Seer of factf the grim gruesome and picaresue but it s what you want from a war journalist A Hunter S Thompson with restraint and fewer drugs Loved it It was my good fortune that somebody in my book club chose this little gem to read I hadn t heard Stone Curse of Kapu ci ski before and perhaps I never would have Even if I did I doubt I would have read anything by him A Polish journalistWhenever I try to explain to friends what is so enjoyable about this book my mind jumps to the writing Kapu ci ski is just a damned good writer He is a masterf brevity He can conjure a scene a town a whole country with just a few paragraphs He can summon up a uirky personality O Segredo Do 13 Apstolo or a uniue character with a few linesf dialogueAnd what a character he is himself If he is not guilty Valcoria Children Of The Crystal Star of romanticizing hiswn life and I doubt he is Kapu ci ski is a reckless sonuvabitch He seems to have a kind Be Different My Adventures With Asperger S And My Advice For Fellow Aspergians Misfits Families And Teachers of Freudian death urge He gets himself intone dangerous situation after another diving headfirst into wars rebellions slums ghettos and deserts He gets shot at by militants sick with exotic diseases imprisoned in a Third World jail and stung by scorpions So unlike many if not most fancy prose stylists Kapu ci ski s life was interesting in itselfThe The Pearl Harbor Myth Rethinking The Unthinkable only thing lacking from Kapu ci ski s writing was the big picture He has his eyes close to the ground and is brilliant at conveying what it was like to be in the midstf these historic situations Third World upheavals mostly Yet he seldom analyzes the economic and political forces at play he doesn t supplement his field mouse s perspectives with a bird s eye view It s a pity really as I m sure somebody as perspicacious as Kapu ci ski would have some worthwhile insights Raising Milk Goats Successfully on the broader scaleThis however isnly a mild complaint and Kapu ci ski s prose is lovely enough to make up for any lapses in content In short I m tremendously impressed with both the man and his work I ll have to read In his unmistakable style in these mostly unconnected essays Kapuscinski looks at the sheer weirdness Finding Prince Juneau of the world around him whether he s covering the deathf Patrice Lumumba r the titular violence surrounding a Honduras El Salvador football match While perhaps not as strong as his concentrated studies Travels with Herodotus jumps to mind it s still classic Kapuscinski and if you ve made your way through a few f his journalistic works and travelogues this is a logical next ste. Ndo e perché Nel 1967 Kapuscinski rientra in Polonia ma non riesce a diventare un giornalista stanziale Nell'autunno parte per un viaggio di cinue anni in America Latina Altro continente povero dove si svolgono guerre povere come uella scoppiata nel 1969 tra l'Honduras e il Salvador I piccoli stati del Terzo uarto e di tutti gli altri mondi possono sperare di suscitare ualche interesse solo uando decidono di spargere sangue Triste ma vero conclude Kapuscinsk.