The Other by Ryszard KapuscinskiThe Other by Ryszard Kapuscinski

The Other

byRyszard Kapuscinski

Paperback | September 7, 2009

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Ryszard Kapuscinski witnessed and reported on major wars, coups and revolutions as they happened throughout the developing world and global South. In this distillation of his reflections on a lifetime of travel, he takes a fresh look at the Western idea of the Other: the non-European or non-American. Looking at this concept through the lens of his own encounters in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and considering its formative significance for his own work, Kapuscinski traces how the West has understood the Other from classical times to colonialism, from the age of enlightenment to the postmodern global village. He observes how today we continue to treat the non-European as an alien and a threat, an object of study that has not yet become a partner in sharing responsibility for the fate of the world. In our globalized but increasingly polarized post-9/11 age, Kapuscinski shows how the Other remains one of the most compelling ideas of our times.
Born in Pinsk (in what is now Belarus), the celebrated Polish foreign correspondent Ryszard Kapu?ci?ski 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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Title:The OtherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 7.75 × 5.12 × 0.35 inPublished:September 7, 2009Publisher:Verso BooksLanguage:English

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“In this short, simple, extraordinarily intelligent book, Kapuściński explores what it is to be European, to be non-European, to be colonised, to be the coloniser, to have or to impose an identity.” —Jason Burke, Observer “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.”—Washington Post Book World “The true master of journalism.”—Gabriel Garcia Marquez“Few have written more beautifully of unspeakable things. Few have had his courage, almost none his talent. His books changed the way many of us think about nonfiction.”—New York Times Book Review