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Ryszard Kapuscinski: A Life

Artur Domoslawski Antonia Lloyd-Jones


9781844678587

Verso


Biography;
Biography: general;
Press & journalism


Hardback

464 pages

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From postcolonial Africa to revolutionary Iran, from the military dictatorships of Latin America to Soviet Russia, the Polish journalist and writer Ryszard Kapuscinski was one of the most dauntless and important eyewitness reporters of the twentieth century. In his committed journalism covering the great revolutions of the age, and his resolute anti-colonialism, Kapuscinski created a new genre of creative reporting: one that brought him immense fame in the Western world and to the attention of the CIA. In this major new biography, Artur Domoslawski shines new light on the personal relationships of this intensely charismatic, highly private man, and the intractable issue at the heart of Kapuscinski's life and work: the question of where journalism ends and literature begins. Close to Kapuscinski, and with unparalleled access to his private papers, Domoslawski, himself an award-winning foreign correspondent, traces his mentor's footsteps through Africa and Latin America, delves into the files and archives that Kapuscinski himself examined, and interviews the people that he talked to in the course of his own investigations. Ryszard Kapuscinski: The Biograpy is a meticulous, riveting portrait of the man and his times.

By:   Artur Domoslawski
Translated by:   Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Imprint:   Verso
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 43mm
Weight:   885g
ISBN:   9781844678587
ISBN 10:   184467858X
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   June 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

ARTUR DOMOSLAWSKI writes on international politics for the weekly review Polityka and for the Polish edition of Le Monde diplomatique, and for two decades reported for the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. In 2010 he received Poland's prestigious Journalist of the Year Award. A Knight Fellow at Stanford University in 2005-6, he is the author of five books and is currently working on a book about contemporary Latin America.


Not just a fascinating biography of an important writer but also a subtle study of life under authoritarianism, with all the compromises and complexities that entails. --Ian Birrell, Observer <br> Domos?awski's book is a poignant feat of biography, not only because he trekked all over the world on Kapu?ci?ski's trail, but because it reopens dilemmas of integrity and conscience that are still painful for any journalist who tried to report the big world in the late 20th century ... [a] compelling, exhaustive and often upsetting book. --Neal Ascherson, London Review of Books <br> A truly great achievement. --Agata Pyzik, Guardian <br> Artur Domoslawski ... fires off questions like distress flares. He is dedicated in pursuit of evidence, crossing continents to get it, but a reluctant judge. --Marek Kohn, Independent <br> A compelling and controversial biography... Mr Domoslawski was a friend of the great man; but resolved to treat his life as a subject for serious inquiry, setting out with an open mind and detailed knowledge, and adding more insights and evidence along the way. The result is an exemplary explanation of what made Kapuscinski tick. -- Economist <br> A great book about a great man. --Zygmunt Bauman <br> [A] reluctant and fascinating expose. --Nicholas Shakespeare, Telegraph <br> The first real biography [of Kapu?ci?ski] ... reminds us that we reveal ourselves too in our evasions and confabulations and, indeed, that the distortions of reality are an important part of the image of reality. --Peter Englund, Financial Times <br> Exhaustive and focused ... substantial and interesting ... a real contribution to our understanding of Kapu?ci?ski. -- Columbia Journalism Review <br> [A] fascinating, gently probing study. -- Irish Times <br> Domos?awski ... leading Polish journalist and longtime disciple of Kapu?ci?ski, ultimately strives not to destroy his mentor's reputation but to present a candid biography in hopes of

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