The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat, published in , is Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński’s analysis of the decline and fall of Haile Selassie’s regime in. While the fighting still raged, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland’s leading foreign correspondent, traveled to Ethiopia to seek out and interview Selassie’s servants . El Emperador. Front Cover. Ryszard Kapuscinski. Anagrama, Feb 28, Ryszard Kapuscinski was born in His books have been translated into
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And the answer is a mind-boggling no. This book was a gift to me from a friend who is a former Guardian journalist. The Emperorin short, has kpuscinski the qualities of a perfect book. Its object is unique. If he doesn’t come across anyone to lie to, he will lie to himself in his own thoughts.
And by the end of the book, you understand how the King of Kings was destroyed by the monster he created. Kadare to critique autocracy in genera,l as in general most dictatorships are the same wh The Emperor is a bizarre and at time grotesquely comic portrait of the last Emperor of Ethiopia Rszard Selassie.
Oct 13, Monica rated it really liked it Shelves: Also, according to others who are also in the know but don’t agree with the first people in the know, written as a Marxist propaganda tract to expose the futility of Western-sponsored capitalist schemes. The Emperor is a bizarre and at time grotesquely comic portrait of the last Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie. Rather, it seems like a postmortem smear campaign of a beloved world leader.
So I liked all those guys a grip when I was in kapusvinski school, and now that Kapuscnski a bit more grown-up, I can appreciated Ryszard Kapuscinski. The Emperor baffles any ready description. Return to Book Page.
But make no mistake, it is still a fully developed civilization, not some savage prehistoric amalgam. No violent purges or collective bloodbaths ever occur. While the fighting still raged, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland’s leading foreign correspondent, traveled to Ethiopia to seek out and interview Selassie’s servants and closest as Haile Selassie, King of Kings, Elect of God, Lion of Judah, His Most Puissant Majesty and Distinguished Highness the Emperor of Ethiopia, reigned from until he was overthrown by the army in Tafari rated it really liked it.
Power sits heavily on his shoulders.
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In this emperor, le court, and this society, a primordial human drama demands its stage. His step is solemn: While his back was turned they stopped working and lazed about. I can’t think of a more bitter catalog of the pathologies that accompany political power, and by the end it doesn’t matter all that much who’s in the limo, surrounded by Quislings and sycophants.
The Emperor is aimed at Haile Selassie, who Kapuscinski paints as a vapid, self-important ignoramus. Nov 28, Adam Dalva empersdor it liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
But on the other hand since it was originally written in Polish, emperaor text has passed through a sequence of translations of English-Polish-English and translators tend to smoothen out some of the original stylistic inconsistencies.
The book consists of three parts: Almost all other sources will indicate otherwise. Feb 22, Donna Kirk marked it as to-read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
But the extremes of hierarchy leave the tragic fates of the many to deface a benighted land. It is a quick read, and a lean book, and a bold one.
How can you act? It is also a detail and evocative exploration of tyranny. Marie Antoinette allegedly told the starving to eat cake if they have no bread, Haile Selassie decided to build dams while his country was in the midst of famine.
A concise capture of a crumbling Empire.