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In 1975, Angola was once tumbling into pandemonium; every body who may perhaps used to be packing crates, desirous to abandon the beleaguered colony. along with his trademark bravura, Ryszard Kapuscinski went the opposite direction, begging his used to be from Lisbon and luxury to Luanda--once famed as Africa's Rio de Janeiro--and chaos.

Angola, a slave colony later given over to mining and plantations, was once a promised land for generations of negative Portuguese. It had belonged to Portugal on the grounds that prior to there have been English-speakers in North the United States. After the cave in of the fascist dictatorship in Portugal in 1974, Angola used to be brusquely become independent from, spurring the disaster of a still-ongoing civil warfare. Kapuscinski plunged correct into the center of the drama, using earlier hundreds of thousands of haphazardly positioned check-points, the place utilizing the incorrect shibboleth was once a question of existence and dying; recording his impressions of the younger soldiers--from Cuba, Angola, South Africa, Portugal--fighting a nebulous struggle with worldwide repercussions; and interpreting the unusual brutality of a rustic shocked and divided via its newfound freedom.

Translated from the Polish through William R. model and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand.


Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland's such a lot celebrated international correspondent, used to be born in 1932. After graduating with a level in background from Warsaw college, he was once despatched to India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to document for the Polish information, which started his lifelong fascination with the 3rd global. in the course of his 4 decads reporting on Asia, Latin the United States, and Africa, he befriended Che Guevara, Salvador Allende, and Patrice Lumumba; witnessed twenty-seven coups and revolutions; and used to be sentenced to demise 4 times.

His past books--Shah of Shahs (about the Iranian Revolution), The Emperor (about the autumn of Ethiopia's Haile Selassie), Imperium (about the autumn of the Soviet Union), one other Day of lifestyles (about the final days of Portuguese Angola), and The football battle (a compendium of reportage from the 3rd World)--have been translated into nineteen languages. He died on Jan. 23, 2007.

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