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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His account of the far-reaching areas of Soviet Union are bleak, harrowing and full of life.

Imperium – Ryszard Kapuscinski – – Allen & Unwin – Australia

I want to see what they are selling, what this crowd of people is waiting for. About Moscow, Novgorod, Petersburg. It won’t fall apart-it is frozen solid. A dismal, lifeless emptiness. Imperium is brilliant analysis coated in excellent writing, a masterclass in realpolitik in understandable terms.

The travelogue aspect of the narrative can give this a slightly disjointed feel but, after all, this makes no claim to be a definitive history but rather a collection of encounters and personal reminiscences partially illuminated by Kapuscinski’s episodic forays into the history of the Russian Empire.

Published March 19th by Granta Books first published In Imperium the relationship between this drive towards self-determination at the margins and the crisis at the centre is anything but clear. The book was published in just before a number of the text’s issues came to boil: Not only are they lively and detailed, he traces the history behind the ethnic areas in each, including Chechnya, which I found particularly fascinating. Love leaves behind its creation-the next generation coming into the world; the continuation of humanity.


Time – and history – did their part. The visitations occur not on one single trip, but over the span of decades. An these two aged woman at the bis stop? Despite the chain in which we locked fiercely and desperately together, all remaining warmth was escaping.

Such a great part of human experience, the most difficult and painful, passes leaving no trace.

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It can be a cell, sometimes a room in a clay cottage, even a cave in the rocks. I worried that they would find the carnations and take them.

What is a scriptorium? On the inside walls of these cans there remained after the candy oapuscinski sweet deposit, fine, multicolored kapuscinsski, a thick residue smelling of fruit. If you allready have read him, you are going to read this book based on what you allready have learned to know.

I’ve never seen Russia as an kapjscinski. Both have also somehow survived various occupations and repressions, before finally being deported to a small town in new southern Poland after the War – taken away from the Germans, who themselves have been resettled further West. Aug 26, Wanda rated it it was amazing Recommended to Wanda by: If you have not read him already, read this book and understand why.

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. Refresh and try again. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding About Baltic states and Belorussia. One feels this desolateness especially on Sunday or during bad weather. I roamed farther along the streets and alleys.


The persecutions and wars that began with the October Revolution and that 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. I’ve included more quotes and pictures of the former USSR in the comments section below.

Especially well written parts are when author visits gold mines and former gulags in Siberia and discovers that life there still remains almost unbearable.

Together with my great grandmother she has survived the raid of OUN-UPA – they hid in the basement of their house as the village burned to the ground, and the ground was soaked with blood of the murdered. Which one of them was a camp inmate, and which one was her overseer? The line sprang to life. Age and poverty equalize them for now; soon the frozen earth will reconcile them finally and forever. In this glow their faces thawed, flush with warmth.

Not much time is spent in the traditionally-Russian cities like Moscow and St. In an entire world went mad; a madness impwrium came to be called the Soviet Union.