The Polish journalist whose The Soccer War and The Emperor are counted as classics of contemporary reportage now bears witness in Imperium to the. Journalist Kapuscinski (The Soccer War) wandered across the Soviet Union from to His rewarding, sharply observed travelogue illuminates the. Imperium. Ryszard Kapuscinski, Author, Klara Glowczewska, Translator Vintage Books USA $16 (p) ISBN

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Imperium – Ryszard Kapuscinski – – Allen & Unwin – Australia

The opening, the unfastening, the untying, the inperium. My grandmother was born in a small village near Lviv in A swarthy Azerbaijani was selling the only flowers one could buy here-red carnations. Its name alone conjures images of something frightful, something monolithic, something nigh indestructible. In an entire world went mad; a madness that came to be called the Soviet Union.

Both have also somehow survived various occupations and repressions, before finally being deported to a small town in kapuscinskl southern Poland after the War – taken away from the Germans, who themselves have been resettled kapuscineki West. Today that small village is in Ukraine – along with descendants of our relatives. Nov 23, Luis rated it it was amazing. He lived from until To save ourselves, to last the night, we stood in line huddled tightly together, one close upon the other.


If one were to collect the energy of suffering emitted by the millions of people here [Magadan, Russia] and transform it into the power of creation, one could turn our planet into a flowering garden.

Mother gave me permission and we went to Zawalna Street. And by the fervent concomitant desire for rescue. Finally the doors of the imperihm opened and the line moved.

What about Anna Andreyevna?

The women were selling empty fruit candy tines. Jul 24, Pages. The whole time I have before my eyes the vision of Nikolai Fiodorov. Stalin was expert on history, economics, poetry, and linguistics.

They translated everything that was within reach. How come he was one of the few to foresee it? Kapuscinski then details a number of trips made through A beautifully crafted book detailing the author’s travels through significant swathes of the old Soviet Union. Caustic and lyrical by turns, it is driven by that combustible mixture of love and loathing for their neighbour which Poles seem to have felt since the days of Mickiewicz.

By the time the USSR was coming to pieces, it was clear it no longer had the wherewithal to perpetuate its existence. On one hand this is what always makes his writing so alive, something to go back to and read again, so informative.

The first quote is by far the longest but perhaps will always be the longest lasting image to me. October Learn how and when to remove this template message. The book is divided into three sections: Age and poverty equalize them for now; soon the frozen earth will reconcile them finally and forever. Imperium isn’t merely a travel narrative; such would ignore its vitality as palimpsest.


Un impero opprimente, quindi, nei confronti della natura e, soprattutto, della impeeium, sfiancata e rassegnata da anni di convivenza con l’assurdo. To warm themselves, the children played tag. I doubt that this book will be read widely, especially in the U.

Even when the author does not delve into minute details of that continuous apocalypse that the soviet regime was, some of the details are really heart-wrenching to say the least.

This is one of those rich with imagery sort of novels that seems as profoundly imaginative as any nonfiction work could possibly be. As he traveled, he recorded his impressions throughout the years beginning with the Soviet occupation of Eastern Poland.

Having given Kapuscinski the credit he obviously deserves for kapuscinki writing, I believe there is some points that should be done. We all hear the shush of this flight.