Another Day of Life

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Penguin Adult, Jun 7, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
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In Luanda, the capital of Angola, an apocalyptic atmosphere prevails as the Portuguese residents hurriedly desert the city. Determined to cover events as four hundred years of colonial rule come to an end, Ryszard Kapuscinski hitched a lift on one of the last Portuguese military aircraft flying to Angola. He discovered the terrifying spectacle of a war within the war for national independence- a murderous, messy struggle in which many of the participants can scarcely tell one another apart. Shot through with wit and irony, Kapuscinski's superb account vividly conveys the heat, confusion, fear and unrelenting tension of a country tragically divided by its new freedom. It is one of the truly great pieces of modern reportage.

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User Review  - JBreedlove - LibraryThing

A journalists account of the Portuguese pullout from Angola in the mid-1970's and the trials and tribulations in reporting it. Robert Kaplan must have read alot of Kapuscinsky. Kaplan's early books are very similar. Read full review

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User Review  - untraveller - LibraryThing

Nice insight into the revolt in the Portuguese colonies. I was in Lisbon in May 1975 when Portugal was in flux....hence, meaningful. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Ryszard Kapuscinski was born in Poland in 1932. As a foreign correspondent for PAP, the Polish news agency, until 1981 he was an eyewitness to revolutions and civil wars in Africa, Asia and Latin America. His books include The Shadow of the Sun, The Emperor, Shah of Shahs, Another Day of Life and Travels with Herodotus. He won dozens of major literary prizes all over the world, and was made 'journalist of the century' in Poland. He died in January 2007.

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