The Other by Ryszard Kapuscinski

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In this distillation of reflections accumulated from a lifetime of travel, Ryszard Kapuscinski takes a fresh look at the Western idea of the Other. Looking at this concept through the lens of his own encounters in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and considering its formative significance for his own work, Kapuscinski traces how the West has understood the non-European from classical times to the present day. He observes how in the twenty-first century we continue to treat the residents of the Global South as hostile aliens, objects of study rather than full partners sharing responsibility for the fate of humankind.

In our globalised but increasingly polarised world, Kapuscinski shows how the Other remains one of the most compelling ideas of our times.
 

About Ryszard Kapuscinski

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Ryszard Kapuscinski was born in 1932. His books have been translated into 19 languages. He lives in Warsaw. Antonia Lloyd-Jones is well known for her translations from the Polish of novels by Pawel Huelle such as Mercedes-Benz (shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Award 2006) and Castorp (shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Award 2007). Other authors she has translated include Ryszard Kapuscinski and Olga Tokarczuk. Neal Ascherson, a leading British scholar-journalist, writes for "The Independent "in London and "The New York Review of Books," He is the author of "Polish August "and "The Struggle for Poland," among other books. He lives in London
 
Published October 17, 2008 by Verso. 100 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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The Other by Ryszard Kapuscinski Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Here the celebrated Polish foreign correspondent invokes the writer's duty to exile himse...

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The Other by Ryszard Kapuscinski Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop The late Polish journalist, poet and photographer Ryszard Kapuscinsk...

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Sketching a rapid history of European visions of the rest of the world, Kapuscinski points out that 'the idea of equality with the Other only occurs to the human mind very late on, many thousands of years after man first left traces of his presence on Earth.' In the networked 21st century, he say...

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His three main guides emerge: Herodotus, Bronislaw Malinowski, the Polish anthropologist who broke the tradition of "from the verandah" fieldwork by living among the tribes he studied, and the French-Lithuanian philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, who wrote of the meeting with the other as not just one'...

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