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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Imperium is the story of an empire: The ship will sink, but let the captain’s log remain The last, shortest part, The Sequel Continuesis a summary.

They are This book, by Ryszard Kapuscinski, is amazing. By the time the USSR was coming to pieces, it was clear it no longer had the wherewithal to perpetuate its existence. Paperbackpages.

It’s brilliant, beautiful, weird, astonishing, prescient, haunting and sometimes darkly comedic; filled with word-pictures that seemed rather like the glittering tesserae of a smashed mosaic. According to the author himself, the whole work does not end with a higher and final synthesis, but imperiium the reverse, because during its writing the subject and theme of the book, the great Soviet Empire, has disappeared.

The faces of the children who managed to push their way to the fire reflected a golden glow. Its English translation by Klara Glowczewska was first published in Refresh and try again. In an entire world went mad; a madness that came to be called the Soviet Union.

The book is divided into three sections: And by the fervent concomitant desire for rescue. He was a librarian in Moscow.


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But it is work, albeit well worth the trouble. Kapuscinski then details a number of trips made through Mother Russia after perestroika and as the Soviet Union disintegrates towards its own brand of demokratizatsiya.

I have since bought and read each of this other books if that tells you anything. He owned nothing his whole life. But besides them one cannot meet a living soul here, despite the fact that we are in the center of a city of ten million.

Even when the author does not delve into minute details of that continuous apocalypse that the soviet regime was, some of the details are really heart-wrenching to say the least. Instead, Ryszard spends the majority of his japuscinski in places like nascent republics of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and the Ukraine, among others.

The Polish journalist whose The Soccer War and The Emperor are counted as classics of contemporary reportage now bears witness in Imperium to the disintegration of the Soviet Union. You ipmerium not logged in If you have already registered please login here If you are using the site for the first time please register here If you would like access to the entire online archive subscribe here Institutions or university library users please login here Learn more about our institutional subscriptions here.

Meantime one fragment of the line after another would break away and scatter over the snowy, frozen street. The opening, the unfastening, the untying, the disemboweling. Stalin’s chessboard left nascent atrocities across Central Asis. In the far North he visits Magadan and Vorkuta, witnessing the empty gulags of Kolyma – the nightmare of hundreds of thousands people.


Log In Register for Online Access. Having given Ipmerium the credit he obviously deserves for his writing, I believe there is some points that should be done.

In Imperium the relationship between this drive towards self-determination at the margins and the crisis at the centre is anything but clear. As he traveled, he recorded his impressions throughout the years imperim with the Soviet occupation of Eastern Poland.

Imperium is about his travels, by plane, train, car, horse, whatever through the Soviet Union This article does not cite any sources.

Not much time is spent in the traditionally-Russian cities like Moscow and St. Although we are one family, we became strangers to ourselves – we speak different languages, evolved in different cultures, belong to different nations. There are treasures in this book.

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As others have stated, this book is not only a collection of observations of the crumbling of that last “empire”, but a travelogue taking place in the peripheries of that imperial state. The heartbreak he describes in these “Imperium” was the first Ryszard Kapuscinski book I read.

This is a bilingual review – English text is presented below.