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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I doubt that this book will be read widely, especially in the U. Such a great part of human experience, the most difficult and painful, passes leaving no trace.

In an entire world went mad; a madness that came to be called the Soviet Union. Apr 05, Adam rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the first part of book, it was obvious that author couldnt write freely about political situation, thus his remarks were mainly limited on describing culture and daily life of numerous nations trapped in huge soviet Imperium.

I had had for some time very painful abscesses on my burning, swollen with pus. Imperium is the rare book that can explain Communist regimes, in this case, the Communist regime in Russia. This is Kapuscinski’s vivid, compelling and personal report on the life and death of the Soviet superpower, from the entrance of Soviet troops into his hometown in Poland inthrough his Imperium is the story of an empire: Our imagination was afire; everything in it sparkled, radiated.

I have read it too late, after too many other books about the post-communist transformation and post-soviet societies. This magisterial book combines childhood memory with unblinking journalism, a radar for the truth with a keen appreciation of the absurd.

A swarthy Azerbaijani was selling the only flowers one could buy here-red carnations. Imperium isn’t merely a travel narrative; such would ignore its vitality as palimpsest.

This is not a political history, and not about the mechanisms of power. On one hand this is what always makes his writing so alive, something to go back to and read again, so informative. View all 3 comments. The first quote is by far the longest but perhaps will always be kapusscinski longest lasting image to me.

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Fiodorov was a philosopher, a visionary; many Russians consider him a saint.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Stalin was expert on history, economics, poetry, and linguistics. Merely by showing political leaders as normal people, by allowing everyone to kapusciinski at them from up close-to see how they quarrel and become nervous, how they make mistakes and how they perspire, how they win, but also how they lose-by this lifting of the curtain and thus admitting the people to the highest imlerium most exclusive salons, the salutary and liberating demystification of power took place.

What can you do, that’s life, that’s what the windows are like in the Hotel Vorkuta. A good mosaic from various travels to USSR throughout longer period.

Lists with This Book. Ramachandra Guha Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin. It’s a journey into learning by an adventurer who is clearly looking for something, some tie between all the human suffering throughout impeirum wherever it may take place, though this book focuses on the Soviet Union and it’s disintegration. The book is both a personal travelogue and a memoirdivided into three parts. Mother gave me permission and we went to Zawalna Street. The whole time I have before my eyes the vision of Nikolai Fiodorov.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Hands and feet went nub. Striking examples of this is his journey at imperuum Trans-Siberian railway where he only observes the Soviet Union through the train window or to Nagarno Karabakh where he is stuck inside an airport, a car and a flat. Everyone was pushing so as to warm himself and get to the front. Age and poverty equalize them for now; soon the frozen earth will reconcile them finally and forever.

Ryszard brings us the lost voices and stories of anonymous people who suffered the enormous atrocities of the stalin years, the forced famines, the millions and millions executed, or sent to die of hunger, neglect and forced work A fascinating account of memories and explorations of the USSR by this journalist.

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kapuscimski Una lettura che vale decisamente la pena fare, comunque. No one had the strength anymore to look for firewood or play our game, the square circle. The desire to save one’s world. Although we are one family, we became strangers to ourselves – we speak different languages, evolved in different cultures, belong to different nations. About Baltic states and Belorussia.

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What about Anna Andreyevna?

Yes, and all this was taking place simultaneously-the demolishing of the temple, the millions of people starving to death, the palace that was to eclipse America, and the cannibalism of those unfortunate mothers. Open Preview See a Problem? Since it cannot be saved with the sword, let its memory be preserved. Meantime one fragment of the line after another would break away and scatter over the snowy, frozen street.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is perhaps useless to speculate on the psychological processes that lie behind such acts of geographical displacement: According to the author himself, the whole work does not end with a higher and final synthesis, but with the reverse, because during its writing the subject and theme of the book, the great Soviet Empire, has disappeared. Imperium is brilliant analysis kapiscinski in excellent writing, a masterclass in realpolitik in understandable terms.

But it is work, albeit well worth the trouble. Interessantissime le parti dedicate agli stati del Caucaso e dell’Asia centrale, un po’ ripetitive, forse, impperium dedicate a Mosca e alla Russia. It is difficult to put a finger on what it actually is — travelogue vignettes is about as close kapusvinski I akpuscinski come to describing it.

Out of passivity and paranoia, ethnic hatred and religious fanaticism that have riven two generations of Eastern Europeans, Kapuscinski has composed a symphony for a collapsing empireā€”a work that translates history into the hopes and sufferings of the human beings condemned to live it.