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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Abita nelle case dei sobborghi piu poveri, brulicanti di scarafaggi, si ammala di tubercolosi, rischia la morte per mano di un guerrigliero, ha paura, si dispera. Ma non rinuncia mai allo sguardo del reporter. La narrazione, etica e ammaliantedi un grande reporter che ha il coraggio di vivere il suo mestiere come nomadismo e redenzione” Paperbackpages. Published May by Universale Economica Feltrinelli first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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What historical events should one be familiar with before starting to read this book in order to get the greatest appreciation of it? Beki I’m still in the middle, but I don’t think you need any — Kapuscinski really makes the historical context of his crhonicles.

Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Goodreads changed lapuscinski experience with this book. For much of the time I was reading it, I was mesmerized by the writing, flabbergasted by some of the information about Africa, and convinced I was encountering the continent in a nuanced and subtle and authentic kapucsinski.

I planned to give a copy to my husband for his birthday and to recommend it to my book group.


Curious about what other readers thought, I looked at some of the almost reviews of it on goodreads, and it was there that I came acro Goodreads changed my experience with this book. Apparently some readers have argued that some of his errors don’t matter. To me they do.

The long list of other errors in Ryle’s review are similarly damning. It’s such a shame. But now he’s filled my mind with unforgettable images of Africa that I cannot trust. View all 3 comments. Este es el segundo libro que leo del autor, y no digo que escriba mal. Though I enjoy travel journals of Africa, I found this book to be way overgeneralized and romantic. Yes, fbano has seen a great deal of Africa, but why must authors continue to try and describe such a diverse continent as a whole in generalities?

I suppose this criticism only applies to the opening and concluding portions, but the last chapter was particularly bad. I am shocked that this book is so well reviewed.


The ebajo good thing I can say about this book is that the writing is vivid. The book is a mix of journalistic accounts and travel writing. There is one part near the beginning in which the author gives a humorous account of a bout with malaria. My main complaint is the condescending tone the author has for everyone. Then, instead of discussing different countries and the many cultures of those separate countries, what does he do? He even gives little tidbits about the African mind and how Africans are naturally communistic by which I think the translator means communal.

Like… kapuscisnki crap… the dude is full of himself. Kapuscinwki also comes exceedingly close to saying Africans are stupid and lazy because it’s really hot. This is not someone who has come to Africa to experience and report on the “real” Africa.

As the LA Times review of the book states, “Africa seems for him not a continent but a vast Rorschach blot, an uncharted place that he can free-associate about at will. Here’s a relatively positive review that has links to several more professional reviews: Good writing and mostly engaging stories featuring moments of insight overshadowed by constant hyperbole and gross generalizations. Maybe travel writing just isn’t my cup of tea, but this book didn’t do that much for me.

The tone is journalistic and the content is not terribly insightful, though the book hangs together better as a whole than The Soccer War. I also take issue with the author’s desire to have his cake and eat it too: The chapter on witches is especially egregious in this regard, though the error is pervasive.

Many stories in this book were interesting, especially those detailing the history of specific parts of Africa.

However, I was really bothered by a profound inconsistency. In the very beginning, the author repeatedly argues that it is impossible to talk about Africa, Africans, and African culture as a monolithic entity because Africa is so immense and varied. Then for most of the rest of the book he makes observations about African cultures character, and beliefs as though they were undifferenti Many stories in this book were interesting, especially those detailing the history of specific parts of Africa.

Then for most of the rest of the book he makes observations about African cultures character, and beliefs as though they were undifferentiated. Therefore, I think the book perpetuates many negative stereotypes about the people of Africa, a problem exacerbated by the age of the book, now more than 20 years old. This was an interesting collection of observations from the author’s many years traveling in and reporting from Sub-Saharan Africa.

But while he cautions that you can never generalize about such a vast kaupscinski with so many varied peoples, he goes on to do egano repeatedly, sometimes to the point of being ridiculous. In some chapters you get some good history and insight, but even that is apparently suspect: I started out really enjoying this book, immensely appreciating the language. But then 2 friends – one, a NY Times reporter, the other a Pulitzer Prize winner, started pointing out the inaccuracies yrszard the reporting, and it was no longer the same for me.


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Oct 19, A. I could say something about the story but there isn’t any story, basically this book is a compilation of stories, things that happened to the author. There was definitely an interesting story within ebbano book but for some reason it just didn’t grip me in the slightest.

It jumped around far too much and the paragraphs didn’t really flow. Such a disappointment as I’d read some fantastic things about this book.

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I would have liked this better had I gone in expecting a series of essays, rather than a memoir. The essays were a mixed bag — kaphscinski more observational than narrative and some more interesting than others. Though full of close up observation, I always felt he was detached from Africa.

However, I suppose we all encounter places in our own way.

Some stories from this Polish guy who was a journalist in Africa for several years. Interesting, but a bit too prosaic for my taste. Didn’t warm to the author particularly, or to his style, but some memorable anecdotes about Africa. Gina rated it it was ok Ryszqrd 24, Maryam Saleem rated it it was ok Jan 02, Ricardo Ribeiro rated it it was ok Jul 19, Ilaria rated it it was ok Sep 08, Jamaine rated it it was ok Aug 07, Eljay rated it it was ok Aug 23, Asa Euridge rated it ruszard was ok Sep 27, Mesmain rated it it was ok Mar 29, Maha rated it it was ok Oct 08, Edgar Alvarez rated it it was ok Dec 07, Angie Cooper rated it it was ok Oct 16, Hanan Khalid rated it it was ok Dec 12, In he was appointed to the Polish Press Agency and began traveling around the developing world kaphscinski reporting on wars, coups and revolutions in Asia, the Americas, and Europe; he lived through twenty-seven revolutions and coups, was jailed forty times, and survived four death sentences.

During some of this time he also worked for the Polish Secret Service, although little is known of his role. Trivia About The Shadow of the We are in a world in which man, crawling on the earth, tries to dig a few grains of wheat out of the mud just to survive another day. There is plenty of it; there is a surplus in fact. But between those who want to eat and the bursting warehouses stands a tall obstacle indeed: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.