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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The Kindle edition kapuscinzki some minor typos mainly split words. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Nothing that makes the reading too uncomfortable. It ranks up there with Catch 22 as a guide to political absurdity, and rule through gaslighting. It is a massive and solemn square: Strictly speaking it is neither history, nor journalism, but it captures perfectly the insanity totalitarian rule.

Vintage March 13, Language: Published March 13th by Vintage first published Great book about the downfall of Selassie’s autocratic regime in Ethiopia on It states hearsay, opinion, and speculation as fact in an attempt to discredit the last African ruler of the downtrodden continent. In The Emperor Polish Cesarz he worked their stories together, with some direct empeeor of his own, to produce a multi-perspective portrait of the downfall of Haile Selassie and his court.


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I had to walk among the dignitaries and wipe the urine from their shoes with a satin cloth. The book’s structure emperpr a straightforward path.

Great historical book describing the mood of the palace in Ethiopia under the rule of Haile Selassie. One part in particular that got me incensed, was the account of the hired laborers only working while under the supervision of the foremen.

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. This book perfectly captures the flavor of Ethiopian political culture, and those observations as just as true today as they were in the 70’s.

Yet all the while the reader can detect a bigger picture getting lost in the details.

Showing of 82 reviews. Not, of course, that you’d ever believe these are direct transcriptions of interviews, or that Kapuscinski hasn’t modified and tailored these accounts as he sees fit, unless you believe all of the ministers speak in an identical fantastical ironical language. During some of this time he also worked for the Polish Secret Service, eemperor little is known kapuscinaki his role.

Furthermore, the facial features become solemn, almost stiffened, more worried and closed, but still capable of a momentary change to optimism or approval.


Ships from and sold by Amazon. While the fighting still raged, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland’s leading foreign correspondent, traveled to Ethiopia to seek out and interview Selassie’s servants and closest associates on how the Emperor had ruled and why he fell. Also, according to those in the know, a winking satire of Communist bureaucratic wrangling! What had been slender and trim-waisted now starts to become a square silhouette.

All accounts given are from anonymous sources allegedly close servants of the Emperor, identified only by initials, again unverifiable. That would only make it more ridiculous. It is a massive and solemn square: Kapuscinski is undoubtedly the most reliable journalist of the central Africa experience. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The author interviews courtiers, associates and servants of the Emperor The Emperor baffles any ready description.

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