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The Other
     

The Other

by Ryszard Kapuscinski, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translator), Neal Ascherson (Introduction)
 

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The master of literary reportage reflects on the West's encounters with the non-European throughout the ages.

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The master of literary reportage reflects on the West's encounters with the non-European throughout the ages.

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The Washington Post Book World
Eloquent ... remarkably thoughtful and compressed.
The Observer
Extraordinarily intelligent … The lectures are as erudite as they are profound … An astonishingly fresh and perceptive discussion of what identity means today.— Jason Burke
Francine Prose
Lucidly translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones…Kapuscinski emphasizes the necessity of dialogue and cooperation, and he writes beautifully about those rare historical moments when people from different backgrounds "exchanged thoughts, ideas and goods, traded and did business, made alliances and unions, found common aims and values. The different, other person ceased to be a synonym for a stranger and an enemy, a threat or a deadly evil. Each person discovered in himself at least a small particle of that Other, believed in it and lived in this conviction."
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Kapuscinski (1932-2007) was for decades Poland's most celebrated foreign correspondent, covering some 50 countries for the Polish Press Agency. Since 1965, he focused especially on major wars and revolutions in the developing world and global South. For Poland, he was a principal source of news about the world beyond their closed society. This collection includes four of his speeches on the concept of the "Other." His observations are sobering: "an encounter with Others is not a simple, automatic thing, but involves will and an effort that not everyone is always ready to undertake." Kapuscinski's world view is idealistic and pragmatic, making room for historical forces and personal trauma while dealing with the Other in real-world and existential terms A knowing, thought-provoking and hopeful examination of a perennial theme, readers may yet be disappointed that, given his remarkable career, Kapuscinski (Travels with Herodotus) so rarely gets personal.
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John Leonard - Harper's
“Kapuscinski opens a sort of Pandora’s portal through which it is possible to access every imaginable Other, erotic, and exotic, sacred and profane, to define the inchoate Self.”
Jason Burke - The Observer
“Extraordinarily intelligent … The lectures are as erudite as they are profound … An astonishingly fresh and perceptive discussion of what identity means today.”
Financial Times
“Kapuscinski’s case for humanity to accept and acknowledge ‘otherness’ is cogent and invites further contemplation.”
The Independent
“An alternative journey through philosophy, history and anthropology … a powerful, quasi-religious, meditation on the power of humbling oneself in the face of the unknown.”
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“Extraordinarily intelligent ... The lectures are as erudite as they are profound ... An astonishingly fresh and perceptive discussion of what identity means today.”—Jason Burke, Observer

“An alternative journey through philosophy, history and anthropology ... a powerful, quasi-religious, meditation on the power of humbling oneself in the face of the unknown.”—Independent

“Kapuscinski’s case for humanity to accept and acknowledge ‘otherness’ is cogent and invites further contemplation.”—Financial Times

“Eloquent ... remarkably thoughtful and compressed.”—The Washington Post Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844673285
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
10/17/2008
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Born in Pinsk (in what is now Belarus), the celebrated Polish foreign correspondent Ryszard Kapuściński is the author of, among other titles, Shah of Shahs, Imperium, Shadow of the Sun, The Other and the memoir Travels with Herodotus. His books have been translated into twenty-eight languages. He died in 2007.

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