The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat, published in , is Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński’s analysis of the decline and fall of Haile Selassie’s regime in. While the fighting still raged, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland’s leading foreign correspondent, traveled to Ethiopia to seek out and interview Selassie’s servants . El Emperador. Front Cover. Ryszard Kapuscinski. Anagrama, Feb 28, Ryszard Kapuscinski was born in His books have been translated into
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Oct 13, Monica rated it really liked it Shelves: I remember, for instance, how His Majesty paid the salaries of foreign engineers but showed no inclination to pay our own masons after the construction of the Imperial Palace called Genete Leul. Dialogue seems tad polished to be from real interviews, and seems to me to be a pointed allegory for the Soviet Union.
Rather, it seems like a postmortem smear campaign of a empreador world leader. I ca From the waning Gomulka regime forward, Kapuscinski fashioned a journalistic career out of exceedingly subtle swipes at the pretenses and tragicomic self-deception of Soviet-style Communism.
I was very interested in hearing voices from other cultures. Refresh and try again.
If he doesn’t come across anyone to lie emperaror, he will lie to himself in his own thoughts. The throne adds dignity only by contrast to the surrounding humility.
I feel that someone like Emperor Selassie and roads are named after him all around Africa after all is deserving of a emperrador factual, in-depth, properly-documented account. How much of this is actually Selassie and how much is carefully picked in order to make fun of Stalin or Khrushchev or even Gomulka is up for debate, but that’s exactly what makes this book a masterpiece: In my opinion, Kapuscinski is better suited to write short anecdotes and make anthropological observations while on his reporting assignments.
The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuściński
Haile Salassie had come to power by manipulation of dynastic lines and thus could been seen as a figure who himself had used a coup to come to power. Kadare to critique autocracy in genera,l as in general most dictatorships are the same whatever the ideological coloring. Perhaps this is my own error for having a wrong idea about what this emperrador was trying to do.
If one will not allow himself to wrong others, he will eyszard himself.
Additionally the book, reflective of the journalistic nature, just did not have the depth needed on the topic. It is a massive and solemn square: Feb 22, Donna Kirk marked it as to-read. Instead he chooses a few details that stick out in the mind: The fabric of the story gives us that answer, for Ethiopia was just such a place.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Oct 24, Andrew added it Shelves: Power sits heavily on his shoulders.
But on the other hand since it was originally written in Polish, the text has passed through a sequence of translations of English-Polish-English and translators tend to smoothen out some of the original stylistic inconsistencies. A slowing down of movements accompanies this change in the figure. To ask other readers questions about The Emperorplease sign up. Their accounts are eloquent, and wonderfully ironic.
Jun 23, Michael Clark rated it it was ok Shelves: I suppose if you have narrow ideas of what constitutes non A little lesson in the blurred emperwdor between reportage and fiction – a “detailed account” of the fall of Haile Sellasie given by the ministers and servants who once waited upon him.
The Throne consisted of little more than scuttlebutt concerning Haile Salassie One interesting nugget: Trivia About The Emperor. A concise capture of a crumbling Empire.
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Furthermore, the facial features become solemn, almost stiffened, more worried and closed, but still capable of a momentary change to optimism or approval. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.
The author interviews courtiers, associates and servants of the Emperor Haile Selassie in the months just after his dethronement. May 15, James rated it it was amazing.