While the fighting still raged, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland’s leading foreign correspondent, traveled to Ethiopia to seek out and interview Selassie’s servants . Buy El Emperador by Ryszard Kapuscinski, Roberto Mansberger, Agata Orzeszek Sujak (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low. El Emperador. Front Cover. Ryszard Kapuscinski. Anagrama, Feb 28, Ryszard Kapuscinski was born in His books have been translated into

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I suppose if you have narrow ideas of what constitutes non A little lesson in the blurred lines between empwrador and fiction – a “detailed account” of the fall of Haile Sellasie given by the ministers and servants who once waited upon him. The writing speaks for itself.

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While his back was turned they stopped working and lazed about. Both these texts are brutal, but starkly beautiful with fabulous impressionist writing that for all its dreamlike imagery and angular occurrences is filled with a passion for the innocents caught in the whims of brutal leaders and rebellions.

A man doesn’t seize an ax in defense of his wallet, but in defense of his dignity, and that, dear sir, is why His Majesty scolded kapuecinski clerks.

He was very progressive in many ways, and he was quite eccentric as well. Showing of 1 reviews.

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Arguments can be made against these books as history and reportage, but as literature they remain luminous masterpieces, fluttering torches from the dark nights of the late 20th century.

The fabric of the story gives us that answer, for Ethiopia was just such a place. Kapuscinki in a much more impressionistic mood details the rule and fall of another tyrant the last Shah of Iran in the Shah of Shahs.


I was very dmperador in hearing voices from other cultures. Apr 13, Hadrian rated it liked it Shelves: May 31, L. Share your thoughts with other customers.

However will we discern the truth?! How can they desire what they cannot imagine? Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. I ca From the waning Gomulka regime forward, Kapuscinski fashioned a journalistic career out of exceedingly subtle swipes at the pretenses and tragicomic self-deception of Soviet-style Communism.

It suffers from diminishing returns, but it’s recommended for anyone who find Selassie or the corrosive nature of power interesting. Sep 13, Hamide meraj rated it really liked it. All the accounts use reverence when kapuscinwki about His Imperial Majesty, and yet at the same time slander his name and abilities as a ruler.

By focusing on tyrants of U. Of particular note are the amazing accounts of Sellasie’s court pre-disillusion, and the accounts of the men who propped up the emperor’s legs on account of him being short in stature and therefore believed that they were personally responsible for “supporting the empire.

Fascinating book – an oral history of the last days of Haile Selassie’s empire told by his palace servants.

It all felt suddenly very near, and very recent. Quotes from The Emperor. Go to other writers for the facts, go Kapuscinski for something more.

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I suppose if you have narrow ideas of what constitutes nonfiction you might find this sort of thing offensive, but if you’ve already signed on to the concept that monkeying with the truth a little is the soul of all narrative, fictional or otherwise, it’s kapusxinski to give yourself over to the story provided here.

Its object is unique. Their accounts are eloquent, and wonderfully ironic. Editorial Anagrama Language: Not, of course, that you’d ever believe these are direct transcriptions of interviews, or that Kapuscinski hasn’t modified and tailored these accounts as he sees fit, unless you believe all of the ministers speak in an identical fantastical ironical language.


The author interviews courtiers, associates and servants of the Emperor The Emperor baffles any ready description. Oct 17, Martyna rated it liked it. Excellent in its description of mood. They always reached an invisible but perceptible point, beyond which silence fell. Goodreads helps you keep track kpuscinski books you want to read. Paperbackpages.

This was my job for ten years. Apr 05, Adam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Please try again later. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This book was a gift to me from a friend who is a former Guardian journalist. Instead he chooses a few details that fmperador out in the mind: Jul 28, R. There is only one side to this story, and that is the “fact” that His Imperial Majesty was a poor leader and a power hungry despot.

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The book’s structure takes a straightforward path. May 13, Emperaodr rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Here are a few things to think about before and while reading this book. Here are a few things to think about before and while reading this book After reading this book, I am thoroughly displeased with Mr.