The Shadow of the Sun (Polish: Heban, literally “Ebony”) is a travel memoir by the Polish writer and journalist Ryszard Kapuściński. It was published by Penguin . Ryszard Kapuściński was a Polish journalist, photographer, poet and author. He received many awards and was considered a candidate for the Nobel Prize for. Ebano by Ryszard Kapuscinski, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The chapter on witches is especially egregious in this regard, though the error is pervasive. Often, the native and the newcomer have difficulty finding a common language, because each looks at the same place through a different lens. Siamo in un mondo dove l’uomo striscia nel fango alla ricerca di un chicco di grano per soppravvivere fino al giorno dopo.

You’re meant to believe what you are being told, but not in every literal detail. Really great overview of post-colonial Africa, from entries set at or immediately after independence to decades later. Though I enjoy travel journals of Africa, I found this book to be way overgeneralized and romantic.

Gina rated it it was ok Dec 24, Naturally, respect for other cultures, the desire to learn about them, to find a common language, were the furthest things kapuscinsoi the minds of such folk, for the most part benighted, dull-witted mercenaries, lacking refinement and sensitivity, often illiterate, interested only in conquest, plunder, and carnage.


There is a double standard at work in such excuses, rjszard clear eurocentric bias. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

We know everything about the global problem of poverty. But this time I was stunned; not so much by the number of cockroaches–although that, too, was shocking–but by their dimensions, by the size of each one of these creatures. He became an amateur boxer bantamweight and football player. Archived from the original on October 6, Then for most of the rest of the book he makes observations about African cultures character, and beliefs as though they were undifferentiated.

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Jamaine rated it it was ok Aug 07, He came back eyszard Poland only for few weeks in but returned to Africa to live in Lagos and continue reporting. To ask other readers questions about Ebanoplease sign up. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

I noticed, however, that when I leaned over them, rhszard my ears, they rapidly retreated and huddled together. The chapters alternate between personal anecdotes from the author’s experience in Africa and more historical-based narration.

Ebano by Ryszard Kapuściński (4 star ratings)

Interesting, but a bit too prosaic for my taste. I would have liked this ryszafd had I gone in expecting a series of essays, rather than a memoir. Consolidated Kapuscinski review here but I’ll note specifically for Shadow that within K’s work there exists by subtext, inference and intimation a kind of traveler’s creed, a little enchiridion of transience and peripatetic etiquette. But now he’s filled my mind with unforgettable images of Africa that I cannot trust.


The first chapter was studded with generalisations about Africa and Africans that made my inner anthropologist cringe, and is the main reason I am docking this book one star. Two years to get through this is quite an achievement. I turned on the light. During some of this time he also worked for the Polish Secret Service, although little is known of gyszard role.

He breathes in the poverty around him – its ebsno smells, its despairing, languishing presence. They approach them with exactly the same apathetic resignation and fatalism as they would a tempest. There is plenty of it; there is a surplus in fact. Such a disappointment as I’d read some fantastic things about this mapuscinski.

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Our world, seemingly global, is in reality a planet of thousands of the most varied and never intersecting provinces. But ultimately, they belong to fiction. Want to Read saving….

I started out really enjoying this book, immensely appreciating the language. Much Great reporting by a writer who adores Africa and who introduces the reader to life in places which Western languages often fail kxpuscinski describe with clarity. I suppose this criticism only applies to the opening and concluding portions, but the last chapter was particularly bad. However, I was really bothered by a profound inconsistency.