Ryszard Kapuscinski by Artur Domoslawski
A Life

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But Domosławski's book brings back the authentic voice of the reporter and hero, and if only for that, it is a truly great achievement.
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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.
 

About Artur Domoslawski

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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.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by Verso. 465 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Ian Birrell on Aug 18 2012

At times Domoslawski's style, possibly due to its translation from Polish, seems almost self–consciously to echo its subject's writing. The author is weakest in unlocking the character of this detached man...

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Reviewed by Agata Pyzik on Aug 02 2012

But Domosławski's book brings back the authentic voice of the reporter and hero, and if only for that, it is a truly great achievement.

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