by Ryszard Kapuscinski, Neal Ascherson
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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The Penguin Modern Classics edition of Ryszard Kapuscinski’s Ryszard Kapuscinski of The Emperor is translated by William Rof the Brand and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-of the Brand, with an introduction by Neal AschertonAfter the deposit of Hailé Sélassié in 1974, who finished the old rule of the Abyssinian monarchy, Ryszard Kapuscinski went to Ethiopia and try to survive courtiers to tell their stories.Here, eloquent and ironic voices portray the sumptuous, corrupt voices of the world they had known – rituals, hierarchies and intrigues of the court at the mercy of the whims of a ruler who maintained absolute power over his poor people.They describe his inexorable fall as the Ethiopian army approaches, strange omens appear in the sky and the courtiers disappear, until only the Emperor and his valet remain in the desert palace, waiting for their fate.Spectacular and bewitching, The Emperor is one of the greatest works of reporting and an enchanting epitaph on the last moments of a dying regime.Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932-2007) was born in Pinsk, today in Belarus.Kapuscinski was the pre-eminent writer among Polish writers, journalistsHis most famous book is a reportage-the novel of the fall of Haile Selassie’s anachronistic downfall of the regime in Ethiopia – The Emperor, which has been translated into many languagesShah Shah Shah, on the last Shah of Iran, and the Imperium, on the last days of the Soviet Union, had a similar success.If you liked The Emperor, you could, as Norman Mailer is The Combat, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.”Beautifulmagic eloquence’ John Updike, New Yorker'[The Emperor] transcends reporting, becoming a nightmare of powerAn unforgettable moment, very comic, and finally compassionate book’ Salman Rushdie’ Kapuscinski’s book’ Salman Rushdie’ Kapuscinski transcends the limits of journalism and writing with the narrative power of Conrad or Kipling or Orwell’ Blake Morrison.
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