Ryszard Kapuscinski
A Life


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Ryszard Kapuscinski
A Life

by Artur Domoslawski (Author)
Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translator)



ISBN: 9781844678587


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Ryszard Kapuscinski: A Life by Artur Domoslawski (Hardback) (ISBN: 9781844678587)

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

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.


ISBN 184467858
ISBN13 9781844678587
Publisher Verso Books
Format Hardback
Publication date 24/08/2012
Pages 464
Weight (grammes) 985
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 228
Width (mm) 152
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.