While the fighting still raged, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland’s leading foreign correspondent, traveled to Ethiopia to seek out and interview Selassie’s servants . Buy El Emperador by Ryszard Kapuscinski, Roberto Mansberger, Agata Orzeszek Sujak (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low. El Emperador. Front Cover. Ryszard Kapuscinski. Anagrama, Feb 28, Ryszard Kapuscinski was born in His books have been translated into

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The Emperor

The Emperorin short, has all the qualities of a perfect book. In this emperor, this court, and this society, a primordial human drama demands its eemperador.

And by the end of the book, you understand how the King of Kings was destroyed by the monster he created. Nov 28, Adam Dalva rated it liked it. And kapiscinski than being strict reportage, you get the sense of everything converging on this single piece of writing.

Rather than writing about kids dropping acid, he writes about the utter insanity of the court of King Haile Selassie at the twilight of the Ethiopian Empire. Great historical book describing the mood of the palace in Ethiopia under the rule of Haile Selassie.

For their own convenience and vanity, instead of adding the burden bit by bit, in little bags, they tried to heave a whole big sack on at once.

Their accounts are eloquent, and wonderfully ironic. The people will rvolt only when, in a single movement, someone tries to throw a second burden, a second heavy bag, onto their backs. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


The downfall of autocracies seems to follow the same painful pattern they have for thousands of years. A man who has been singled out by His Distinguished Majesty will not jump, run, frolic, or cut a caper.

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It all felt suddenly very near, and very recent. It was hard for me to accept the content as the Ethiopian people I know speak highly of Selassie. Also, according to those in the know, a winking satire of Communist bureaucratic wrangling! That would only make it more ridiculous. By focusing on tyrants of U.

What had been slender and trim-waisted now starts to become a square silhouette.

Paperbackpages. One part in particular that got me incensed, was the account of the hired laborers only working while under the supervision of the foremen.

No violent purges or collective bloodbaths ever occur. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Here are a few things to think about before and while reading this book. Almost all other sources will indicate otherwise. Arguments can be made against these books as history and reportage, but as literature they remain luminous masterpieces, fluttering torches from the dark nights of the late 20th century. The story itself seems both old and new.

Write a customer review. Share your thoughts with other customers. The Emperor is a bizarre and at time grotesquely comic portrait of the last Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie. Among all the recommendations I received, it was Kapuscinski and his body of work that intrigued me the most.


Jul 28, R. Such a provenance makes conclusions or judgments about Ethiopia impossible to categorize.

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kapuscnski So I liked all those guys a grip when I was in high school, and now that I’m a bit more grown-up, I can appreciated Ryszard Kapuscinski. Kapuscinki in a much more impressionistic mood details the rule and fall of another tyrant the last Shah of Iran in the Shah of Shahs. I remember, for instance, how His Majesty paid the salaries of foreign engineers but showed no inclination to pay our own masons after the construction of the Imperial Palace called Genete Leul.

A little lesson in the blurred lines between reportage and fiction – a “detailed account” of the fall of Haile Sellasie given by the ministers and servants who once waited upon him. May 15, James rated it it was amazing. Em;erador reason I give this book a rating of two stars, and not less which I feel it deserves is that some of the accounts are obviously true. Having confirmed this truth by a moment of silence, the conversation changed its direction and moved on to a different subject, a trivial, second-rate, second-hand subject.

Apr 05, Adam rated it it was amazing Shelves: