The emperor

The emperor

À propos

The Penguin Modern Classics edition of Ryszard Kapuscinski's The Emperor is translated by William R. Brand and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand, with an introduction by Neal Ascherton. After the deposition of Haile Selassie in 1974, which ended the ancient rule of the Abyssinian monarchy, Ryszard Kapuscinski travelled to Ethiopia and sought out surviving courtiers to tell their stories. Here, their eloquent and ironic voices depict the lavish, corrupt world they had known - from the rituals, hierarchies and intrigues at court to the vagaries of a ruler who maintained absolute power over his impoverished people. They describe his inexorable downfall as the Ethiopian military approach, strange omens appear in the sky and courtiers vanish, until only the Emperor and his valet remain in the deserted palace, awaiting their fate. Dramatic and mesmerising, The Emperor is one of the great works of reportage and a haunting epitaph on the last moments of a dying regime. Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932-2007) was born in Pinsk, now in Belarus. Kapuscinski was the pre-eminent writer among Polish reporters. His best-known book is a reportage-novel of the decline of Haile Selassie's anachronistic regime in Ethiopia - The Emperor , which has been translated into many languages. Shah of Shahs , about the last Shah of Iran, and Imperium , about the last days of the Soviet Union, have enjoyed similar success. If you enjoyed The Emperor , you might like Norman Mailer's The Fight , also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Stunning ... a magical eloquence' John Updike, New Yorker '[The Emperor] transcends reportage, becoming a nightmare of power ... An unforgettable, fiercely comic, and finally compassionate book' Salman Rushdie 'Kapuscinski trascends the limitations of journalism and writes with the narrative power of a Conrad or Kipling or Orwell' Blake Morrison



  • EAN

    9780141188034

  • Disponibilité

    Épuisé

  • Longueur

    19.9 cm

  • Largeur

    13.3 cm

  • Épaisseur

    1.2 cm

  • Poids

    148 g

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    Side

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    Grand format

Ryszard Kapuscinski

Ryszard Kapuscinski est né en 1932 à Pinsk (Pologne). En 1945, sa famille s'installe à Varsovie, où il entame des études d'histoire et de lettres. Dès les années 50, il devient correspondant en Asie et au Moyen Orient, puis en Amérique latine et en Afrique. Auteur de Négus, du Shah ou la démesure du pouvoir, d'Imperium et d'une quinzaine d'autres titres, ses ½uvres se sont vendues à plus d'un million d'exemplaires à travers le monde. Son ouvrage Ebène a été élu Meilleur Livre de l'Année 2000 par la rédaction de Lire et a été couronné par le prix Tropique 2002 (attribué par le Sénat). Il est mort en janvier 2007 à Varsovie.
Il a fait du journalisme un véritable mode de vie, et s'est imposé par un style très personnel, mêlant documentaire et littérature, souci quasi ethnologique du terrain et réflexion politique.

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