'A masterpiece ... a moving image of post-war Poland, and the first
breathing of one of the essential voices of the twentieth
century... the master of literary reportage' The Times Literary
Supplement When the great traveller-reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski
was a young journalist in the early 1960s, he was sent to write
about the farthest reaches of his native Poland. The resulting
essays brought together here reveal a place as strange as any of
the distant lands he visited on foreign assignments: caught between
ties to the past and dreams of escape, a country on the edge of
modernity. 'Kapuscinski trascends the limitations of journalism and
writes with the narrative power of a Conrad or Kipling or Orwell'
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