The shadow of the sun – a must read

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I am not sure why have I discovered Kapuscinski’s memoir from Africa only now! Worth a read even if you hold no interest in the continent (wait till you read it).

In 1957, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland’s state newspaper. From Ghana to Rwanda, he hitchhikes with caravans, wanders the Sahara with nomads, and lives in the poverty-stricken slums of Nigeria. What emerges from pages of the book is an extraordinary view of Africa–not as a group of nations or geographic locations–but as a vibrant and frequently joyous montage of peoples, cultures, and encounters. 




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