Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932–2007) has become one of the renowned figures of modern journalism. His work cuts across the genres of war reporting, travel writing, and memoir. He has been called a “literary journalist” because of his lapidary prose. As a young man he aspired to be a poet; as the master of eyewitness history he became a credible candidate for the Nobel Prize. But towards the end of his life, doubts arose about the veracity of his dispatches from Africa and Latin America, and about his role in the apparat that forced Poland into the Soviet imperium.

Arthur Domoslawski probes every aspect of Kapuscinski: the man, the writer, and the mentor. Domoslawski knew Kapuscinski and this...

 
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