Ryszard Kapuściński

Ryszard Kapuściński

A Life

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Random House, Inc.
Reporting from such varied locations as postcolonial Africa, revolutionary Iran, the military dictatorships of Latin America and Soviet Russia, the Polish journalist and writer Ryszard Kapu?ci?ski was one of the most influential eyewitness journalists of the twentieth century. During the Cold War, he was a dauntless investigator as well as a towering literary talent, and books such as The Emperor and Travels with Herodotus founded the new genre of ‘literary reportage’. It was an achievement that brought him global renown, not to mention the uninvited attentions of the CIA.

In this definitive biography, Artur Domos?awski shines a new light on the personal relationships of this intensely charismatic, deeply private man, examining the intractable issue at the heart of Kapu?ci?ski’s life and work: the relationship and tension between journalism and literature.

In researching this book, Domos?awski, himself an award-winning foreign correspondent, enjoyed unprecedented access to Kapu?ci?ski’s private papers. The result traces his mentor’s footsteps through Africa and Latin America, delves into files and archives that Kapu?ci?ski himself examined, and records conversations with the people that he talked to in the course of his own investigations. Ryszard Kapu?ci?ski is a meticulous, riveting portrait of a complex man of intense curiosity living at the heart of dangerous times.

Baker & Taylor
Places the 20th-century journalist against a backdrop of the great revolutions of his age, offering insight into his resolute anti-colonialism, his creation of a new genre of creative reporting, and his personal relationships.

Norton Pub

Reporting from such varied locations as postcolonial Africa, revolutionary Iran, the military dictatorships of Latin America and Soviet Russia, the Polish journalist and writer Ryszard Kapuscinski was one of the most influential eyewitness journalists of the twentieth century. During the Cold War, he was a dauntless investigator as well as a towering literary talent, and books such as The Emperor and Travels with Herodotus founded the new genre of ‘literary reportage’. It was an achievement that brought him global renown, not to mention the uninvited attentions of the CIA.

In this definitive biography, Artur Domoslawski shines a new light on the personal relationships of this intensely charismatic, deeply private man, examining the intractable issue at the heart of Kapuscinski’s life and work: the relationship and tension between journalism and literature.

In researching this book, Domoslawski, himself an award-winning foreign correspondent, enjoyed unprecedented access to Kapuscinski’s private papers. The result traces his mentor’s footsteps through Africa and Latin America, delves into files and archives that Kapuscinski himself examined, and records conversations with the people that he talked to in the course of his own investigations. Ryszard Kapuscinski is a meticulous, riveting portrait of a complex man of intense curiosity living at the heart of dangerous times.


Definitive biography of one of the most significant journalists of the twentieth century.

Book News
This is an English language translation of the 2010 biography of renowned Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932-2007) by his protégeé, Domoslaski (a writer on international politics for the Polish weekly review Polityka and the Polish edition of Le Monde Diplomatique). Tracing Kapuscinski's career, the biography follows his work through assignments in Africa and Latin America and considers the tensions inherent in Kapuscinski's conception of his work as "literary journalism." Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

An assessment of the influential career of the 20th-century journalist places his achievements against a backdrop of the great revolutions of his age, offering insight into his resolute anti-colonialism, his creation of a new genre of creative reporting and his personal relationships. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: London ; Brooklyn, NY : Verso/New Left Books, 2012
Description: viii, 456 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781844678587
184467858X
Branch Call Number: 070.92 Kap
Additional Contributors: Lloyd-Jones, Antonia

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