Haile Selassie, King of Kings, Elect of God, Lion of Judah, His Most Puissant Majesty and Distinguished Highness the Emperor of Ethiopia, reigned from. The Emperor has ratings and reviews. Rowena said: A star rating perhaps. This book contains accounts from those close to Ethiopia’s last em. Kapuscinski visited Ethiopia in , after the revolution which toppled Haile In The Emperor (Polish Cesarz) he worked their stories together, with some direct.

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Kapuscinski knows he has stumbled into something unique, a culture whose primeval foundation neither lends nor refuses itself to any obvious interpretation. Lists with This Book. English Choose a language for shopping.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Both these texts are brutal, but starkly beautiful with fabulous impressionist writing that for all its dreamlike imagery and angular occurrences is filled with a passion for the innocents caught in the whims of brutal leaders and rebellions.

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.

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I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Nov 28, Adam Dalva rated it liked it. It is also a detail and evocative exploration of tyranny. Kapuscinsoi who viewed this item also viewed. One person found this helpful. Kapuscinski is undoubtedly the most reliable journalist of the central Africa experience.

The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuściński

The silence said, Everything is already known and clear, but clear in an obscure way, known unfathomably, dominating by being beyond helping. Learn more about Amazon Prime. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Pages with related products.

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Fascinating book – an oral history of the emperoor days of Haile Selassie’s empire told by his palace servants. I was there to observe development increase among a wider population in the southwest territory along the Sudan border and am close to finishing a non-political, insider account of those activities from to the present.

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It really helped me to see the country from a different perspective. Topics History books Book of the day. Jun 23, Michael Clark rated it it was ok Shelves: It states hearsay, opinion, and speculation as fact in an attempt to discredit the last African ruler of eemperor downtrodden continent.

Trivia Eperor The Emperor. The author interviews courtiers, associates and servants of the Emperor Haile Selassie in the months just after his dethronement. One can easily find parallels with the way other dictatorships work and try to sustain themselves. From the waning Gomulka regime forward, Kapuscinski fashioned a journalistic career out of exceedingly subtle swipes at the pretenses and tragicomic self-deception of Soviet-style Communism. Having confirmed this truth by a moment of silence, the conversation changed epmeror direction and moved on to a different subject, a trivial, second-rate, second-hand subject.


The book consists of three parts: The Emperor is aimed at Haile Selassie, who Kapuscinski paints as a vapid, self-important ignoramus.

The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat

Write a customer review. May 13, Tyler rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: These simple masons gathered in front of the Palace they had built and began asking for want was due to kqpuscinski. During various ceremonies, he would run away from the Emperor’s lap and pee on dignitaries’ shoes.

The writing speaks for itself.