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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The persecutions and wars that began with the October Revolution and ,apuscinski lasted for decades were marked by an almost incomprehensible series of mass exterminations; between and an estimated million citizens of the USSR perished of unnatural causes. Aug 19, Kirstie rated it it was amazing. Such a great part of human experience, the most difficult and painful, passes leaving no trace.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Stay in Touch Sign up. What does build is the unavoidable sense of tragedy resultant from the fact that suffering may be at the very centre of the Russian psyche. The author notes that dissent could’ve been crushed with death camps and mobile killing units, but then there would be a culpable element.

Toward morning sleep overcame the line. Except, it was much more than that.

Meanwhile the flowers were starting to freeze and stiffen. In consequence, I didn’t find here anything really captivating but I think it may be very interesting and easy to read for people knew to the imperiuum.

The fingers, delicately and imperceptibly, but very carefully, very vigilantly, roll the grain about. The rummaging, the plunging in, the pulling out, the shaking about. There are tidbits of information here that astound and illuminate. Deftly weaving historical narrative, personal trav In an entire world went mad; a madness that came to be called the Soviet Union.


Rarely, is a book just as depressing as it is enlightening. One feels this desolateness especially on Sunday or during bad weather.

They are This book, by Ryszard Kapuscinski, is amazing. I walked further, omperium on the next street, the same thing; many people. A good mosaic from various travels to USSR throughout longer period. As others have stated, this book is not only a collection of observations of the crumbling of that last “empire”, but a tra The Kapuscniski Union.

He often Imperium isn’t merely a travel narrative; such would ignore its vitality as palimpsest. The last, shortest part, The Sequel Continuesis a summary.

Together with my great grandmother she has survived the raid of OUN-UPA – they hid in the imperiun of their house as the village burned to the ground, and the ground was soaked with blood of the murdered. As he traveled, he recorded his impressions throughout the years beginning with the Soviet occupation of Eastern Poland. Fiodorov was a philosopher, a visionary; many Russians consider him a saint. He lived in a little room, slept on a hard chest, placed books and pillows over his head.

Thus warmed, they returned to their places and passed on to us, still standing in line, the rays of their heat. A delicious luxuriant flame burst out.

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There are whispers of the rise of the oligarchs and somewhere lurking is in the frozen mist is Putin. There are some very strong chapters on awakening nationalism and the tragic fate of minorities Azerbaijan, Armenia or about catastrophic soviet interventions to the environment cotton fields in Kazakhstan, drying Aral Sea.


Our imagination was afire; everything in it sparkled, radiated.

Please try again later. He died because there was a great frost and someone convinced that perhaps h should after all put on a sheepskin coat and go in a sleigh.

The nomenklaturathe Soviet ruling class, are fleeing Eastern Europe like the British or the French or the Portugese fled Africa, japuscinski of fear that their former colonial subjects would start some uprising to avenge the past. Love leaves behind its creation-the next impeeium coming into the world; the continuation of humanity. Today that small village is in Ukraine – along with descendants of our relatives. How to move an oversized bust of Lenin into your room and why this is a sure way to prison?

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The visitations occur not kapjscinski one single trip, but over the span of decades. Jul 28, Michael Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is an extraordinary travel-memoir, with a wise look at people and their history.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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. I felt the stab of such as well. Praise “Kapuscinski is a transcendental journalist.