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Ryszard Kapuscinski by Artur Domoslawski

Ryszard Kapuscinski

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Ryszard Kapuscinski by Artur Domoslawski
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May 07, 2013 | ISBN 9781781680810

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“Domoslawski seems fascinated by moral gray areas—Kapuscinski neglected his family, had affairs, spied for Poland’s government, and maintained his Party membership until 1981—but he always takes a lenient view.”—New Yorker

“The first real biography of Kapuscinski.”—Financial Times

“A truly great achievement”—Guardian

“Domoslawski’s book is a poignant feat of biography, not only because he trekked all over the world on Kapuscinski’s trail, but because it reopens dilemmas of integrity and conscience that are still painful for any journalist who tried to report the big world in the late twentieth century … [a] compelling, exhaustive and often upsetting book.”—Neal Ascherson, London Review of Books

“A compelling and controversial biography … Mr Domoslawski was a friend of the great man; but resolved to treat his life as a subject for serious inquiry, setting out with an open mind and detailed knowledge, and adding more insights and evidence along the way. The result is an exemplary explanation of what made Kapuscinski tick.”—Economist

“A candid biography [written] in hopes of understanding both Kapuscinski’s enigmatic personality and, on a more abstract level, whether journalism is big or brave enough to include more ‘literary approaches.’”—Booklist

“A great book about a great man.”—Zygmunt Bauman

“Exhaustive and focused … substantial and interesting … a real contribution to our understanding of Kapuscinski.”—Columbia Journalism Review

“Not just a fascinating biography of an important writer but also a subtle study of life under authoritarianism, with all the compromises and complexities that entails.”—Ian Birrell, Observer

“Artur Domoslawski … fires off questions like distress flares. He is dedicated in pursuit of evidence, crossing continents to get it, but a reluctant judge.”—Marek Kohn, Independent

“[A] reluctant and fascinating exposé.”—Nicholas Shakespeare, Telegraph

“The first real biography [of Kapu?ci?ski] … reminds us that we reveal ourselves too in our evasions and confabulations and, indeed, that the distortions of reality are an important part of the image of reality.”—Peter Englund, Financial Times

“[A] fascinating, gently probing study.”—Irish Times

“This comprehensive biography of the Polish foreign reporter extraordinaire is the most eagerly awaited book of the year.”—The Bookseller

“Domos?awski’s biography seems fascinated by moral gray areas—Kapu?ci?ski neglected his family, had affairs, spied for Poland’s government, and maintained his Party membership until 1981—but always takes a lenient view … As Kapu?ci?ski once said, ‘I don’t want to stop at observation, I want to take part.’”—The New Yorker

“… a spectacular piece of literary investigation that takes us on an exploration of the meaning of journalism and tells us more about political life and choices in Poland during the communist years—and, in particular, how a leftist could maintain himself as a leftist during that time—than perhaps any book that has appeared to date.”—Dissent Magazine

“Artur Domoslawski ‘has written an impeccable biography, one critical but also compassionate. Best of all, he situates his biographical narrative in the larger history that his subject helped to build and then tear down. Amidst ironies aplenty, the biographer remains steadfast in his determination to understand his subject—whatever the consequences.”—The New Criterion

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