The Shadow of the Sun

Recommended by Will Storr, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #17 in Ethiopia, Ranked #24 in African Historysee more rankings.

In 1957, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland's state newspaper. From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda, Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift, and often violent, events that followed liberation. Kapuscinski hitchhikes with caravans, wanders the Sahara with nomads, and lives in the poverty-stricken slums of Nigeria. He wrestles a king cobra to the death and suffers through a bout of malaria. What emerges is an extraordinary... more

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Will Storr Once you discover Kapuściński, it’s a love affair for life. He’s such a beautiful writer. (Source)

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