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Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys gI never thought a Polish journalist s first hand account of civil war in Angola in the 1970s would be so beautifully written that I d wake up in the night turn the light on and have to finish the book but it had meripped like that Am now an utter convert to Kapuscinski s writing about Africa Astonishing Review em portugu s followed by review in EnglishEM PORTUGU
S Situado na Angola desgarrada pela uerra nos meses pr vios declara o da independ ncia isto tamb m parte Situado na Angola desgarrada pela uerra nos meses pr vios declara o da independ ncia isto tamb m parte hist ria de Portugal do imenso xodo de meio milh o de Portugueses e dos ue l ficaram e decidiram abra ar a nova nacionalidade E tudo com o selo caracter stico do sempre interessante Kapu ci skiIN ENGLISH Set in a chaotic and war torn Angola during the three months previous to the declaration of independence this is also part of the history of Portugal The read is easy even to those not acuainted with the specifities of that African country and full of
interest I first read this about 25 years ago along with I first read this about 25 years ago along with Kapu ci ski s other books At the time it was my favourite of his and it didn t disappoint on re readingAs the blurb states Kapu ci ski described this as a very personal book about being alone and lost and that is part of why this book is such a moving read In 1975 he was the sole foreign correspondent of the official Polish press agency He went to Angola to cover the lead up to the country s independence and the accompanying civil war involving the pro Soviet MPLA and two pro Western factions The book is divided into 3 main parts In the first Kapu ci ski describes the Portuguese exodus from Luanda and about trying to live in a city that no longer has any police doctors pharmacists firemen arbage collectors or anyone else to allow the city to function He does so with astonishing vividness In the second he describes being at the front with MPLA troops the image of war is not communicable not by the pen or the voice or the camera War is a reality only to those stuck in its bloody dreadful filthy insides True enough I m sure but I think Kapu ci ski ets as close to it as anyone through a series of beautifully observed individual incidents that on both readings left me in a deeply reflective mood In the third section the author is back in Luanda now post independence trying to be a journalist and make sense of a war that has expanded to include South African and Cuban troops He uses copies of his telex messages at the time to convey the drama and tension of being in a city under siege If you haven t read Kapu ci ski before his books are a uniue mix of history reportage politics and some of the sharpest observation you will encounter in any non fiction The amateur reviewer that I am can t do justice to his books I can only recommend that you read them and this one most of all Impressionistic account of the last days of Portuguese rule in the last European colony in Africa Kapu ci ski was in Luanda the capital and traveled around territory controlled often temporarily by the MPLA the liberation movement that was supported by the USSR and Cuba As a Warsaw Pact journalist his accreditation if not his sympathies were to them The MPLA was at war with UNITA in the north which was supported by Mobutu s Zaire and therefor by the US and France which funded Mobutu for decades In south were the forces of the FNLA which an invasion of ard troops from South Africa helped to stiffen There was at least one pitched battle between Cuban and South African regular troops Kapu ci ski has amazing descriptions in several "Set Pieces One On The Rapid Decay Of Luanda As "pieces One on the rapid decay of Luanda as Portuguese box up their homes abandon their pets and head for the airport The European uarter stays empty and deserted everyone has left but the Angolans haven t moved in Another is a terrifying ride to the south from Luanda into the sparsely populated desert to the MPLA outpost in Benguala There was only one road between the two cities according to Google Earth that is still the case and the surrounding hinterlands were the domain of mobile FNLA troops 'This is a very personal book about being alone and lost' In 1975 Kapuscinski's employers sent him to Angola to cover the civil war that had broken out aft.
Ryszard Kapuściński á 7 Read & downloadvery sad story that can tear you up The next looks twelve he says he s sixteen He knows it is shameful to fight for the FNLA but they told him that if he went to the front they would send him to school afterward he wants to finish school because he wants to paint if he could et paper and a pencil he could draw something right now He could do a portrait he also knows how to sculpt and would like to show his sculptures which he left in Carmona he has put his whole life into it and would like to study and they told him that he will if he Copper Lake Secrets goes to the front first he knows how it works in order to paint you ust first kill people but he hasn t killed anyoneAnd so I criedThis is one of the reasons why I hardly complain about the state of my nation It s bad but as long as one is alive it s alright This book brings back some similar emotions I had after reading The Poisonwood Bible I felt so hopeless and so desperate Where is the light out of this Normally Kapuscinski doesn t stick to a single event across a book but here as in The Emperor he documents with precision the downfall of a regime And this is twice the account that The Emperor is infinitely hallucinatory describing the insanity and fragmentation that accompanied the fall of one of Europe s last colonial projects in Africa a poor and unstable country that had long been run by another poor and unstable country before becoming the setting of one of the ugliest proxy conflicts of the Cold War Some of Kapuscinski s finest work I ve read yet Another Day of Life is a very well written account of very important but seldom remembered conflict in Angola that was really a war of ideology filled with warrior poets opportunists revolutionaries and sell outs It recalls the enormous potential of of post colonial africa without shying away from its practical failure What Kapuscinski lacks is a in depth examination of the relationships in the conflict The subtle themes are there but he could haveone further Of particular interest was the MPLA s multi racial make up at a time when African leaders were using ethnic chauvinism to drive there policy The MPLA was a Marxist outfit that won favor with the people However Western subversion empowered a daunting assault on the People s Republic of Angola This book could have been rewritten all across the African Continen. Nd cruel' In his account Kapuscinski demonstrates an extraordinary capacity to describe and to explain the individual meaning of rand political abstractio. Ho could set ambushes at any spot along the hundreds of miles of road In the last chapter includes telex messages between Kapu ci ski and his editor in Warsaw which describe the final defense of the capital interspersed with reuests from Kapuscinski for money and cigarettes cigarettes "are coin of the realm in negotiating passage through checkpoints and from his editor asking if he wants "coin of the realm in negotiating passage through checkpoints and from his editor asking if he wants plane sent to him to et him out before the capital is overrun Kapu ci ski is an incredibly fluent writer and the translator here has done an excellent job A few years ago I listened in awe to an excerpt from Another Day of Life on an Italian online radio focused on books As those pages revolving around a sieged Luanda were beautiful and poignant I ot interested in adding up another Kapuscinski to my increasing lot Then I moved abroad and as I had read all of my Kapuscinskis in Italian translation purchasing one of his books in English didn t seem uite right Back to Italy for a stopover inbetween the UK and Poland I ve finally bought the long awaited book and promptly started to read itNow that
I m done with Another Day of Life I must confess that I m slightlym done with Another Day of Life I must confess that I m slightly by it Unlike what happens in most of
the reportage books by Kapuscinski here I felt like something crucial was missing clarityThe reasons and the main forcesreportage books by Kapuscinski here I felt like something crucial was missing clarityThe reasons and the main forces the Civil War following a long Independence War in Angola the reat Polish reporter followed and lived in during the 1970s are to say the least blurred and confusing for the readers of today In this respect I feel very much like your average Mr Brown Kowalski Rossi here I know where Angola is I know the country used to be a Portuguese colony and that was shamelessly used for centuries as a slave market I ve even heard that Luanda today is one of the most expensive cities in the world with the Plain Jane The Hotshot greatestap you can imagine between wealthy nababs and poor locals A Portuguese friend of mine told me that to many unemployed compatriots of his Angola looks like the promised land an Eldorado of easy and often dirty money This way scores of Portuguese people migrated to the former colony looking for a job they cannot find at home So much for the ups and downs of historyThis is what an average reader buying Another Day of Life by Kapuscinski might already know about Angola The problem is that chances are the same Mr Brown Kowalski Rossi doesn t know anything at all about Angola between the 1960s and the 1970s That s why I would have liked explanations from dear old Ryszard concerning the purpose of and the difference between combatants belonging to MPLA UNITA FNLA and FLEC Unluckily Kapuscinsky unlike what he did when writing about say Rwanda or Iran relies too much on what his readers know about the whole bloody conflict in this bookThat s why I struggled with some parts of this book especially those in which the reporter Family of Her Dreams goes to the front where he meets up with Cuban soldiers dispatched to Angola by the Castro regime toive military support to one of the sides involved and faces South African forces deployed there for the same reason This criticism of mine doesn t affect the fact that Kapuscinski is always fantastic to read and that the pages about life in Luanda are magnificent and cliffhanging There is also an interesting and heartbraking insight on a supposedly minor character like the young female soldier Carlotta whose death makes the Polish reporter wonder about the foolishness of a war where there cannot ultimately be any actual winner Another Day of Life is beautiful surreal and tragic reportage from Angola at the bloody birth of that nation that is also imbued with a non rating sense of something close to whimsy The country dropped as a colony by the fleeing Portuguese is torn between three armies and their allies fighting a proxy war Cuba Zairenow DRC South Africa Filled with wonderful described moments and written with sense of atmosphere and perfect details The fine moments are almost too many to point out and cruel spoilage for future readers to descri. Er independence For months he watched as Luanda and then the rest of the country collapsed into a civil war that was in the author's words 'sloppy dogged ,