As a novice reporter in the 1950's, the young Ryzsard Kapuscinski wanted nothing more than to travel outside the borders of Poland. One day, without warning, his editor called him into her office and told him he was being sent to India. 'At the end of our conversation, during which I learned that I would indeed be going forth into the world, ...
As a novice reporter in the 1950's, the young Ryzsard Kapuscinski wanted nothing more than to travel outside the borders of Poland. One day, without warning, his editor called him into her office and told him he was being sent to India. 'At the end of our conversation, during which I learned that I would indeed be going forth into the world, Tarlowska reached into a cabinet, took out a book, and handing it to me said 'Here, a present for the road'. It was a thick book with a stiff cover of yellow cloth. On the front, stamped in gold letters, was "Herodotus' The Histories"'. "Travels with Herodotus" records how Kapuscinski set out on his first forays - to India, China and Africa - with the great Greek historian constantly in his pocket. He sees Louis Armstrong in Khartoum, visits Dar-es-Salaam, arrives in Algiers in time for a coup when nothing seems to happen (but he sees the Mediterranean for the first time).At every encounter with a new culture, Kapuscinski plunges in, curious and observant, thirsting to understand its history, its thought, its people. And he reads Herodotus so much that he often feels he is embarking on two journeys - the first his assignment as a reporter, the second following Herodotus' expeditions. Woven into his accounts of his travels are his retellings of Herodotus' epic stories. His whole life as a reporter is a dialogue with what he calls 'world literature's first great work of reportage'. What kind of restless, enquiring traveller was its author? he asks. 'Man is by nature a sedentary creature, settled down happily, naturally, on his particular patch of earth ...But to traverse the world for years in order to get to know it, to plumb it, to understand it? And then, later, to put all his findings into words? Such people have always been uncommon'.How right, and how satisfying, that those words should be among the last written by Ryszard Kapuscinski, the greatest traveller-reporter of our time.
Good. No dust jacket. 2012. 231 pages. No dust jacket, Folio edition with slipcase. Grey, pictorial boards with blue cloth spine in blue slipcase. Translated by Klara Glowczewska and plates by Ryszard Kapuscinski. Firm binding with clean pages. Mild rubbing along edges. Slipcase has moderate wear along edges and over surfaces. World of Rare Books Item ref. 1460547675CEB (Use this ID when enquiring about this item. )
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This gem of a book has inspired me to write my first review. The mix of history, cogent observation and just plain good writing makes this a treat for any serious reader, but I was particularly struck by how instructional and thought-provoking this would be for any young person looking for direction for his or her future. It encourages a wider world view which is sorely needed these days. If the author's first six books are as good as this one then I have a wonderful summer's reading ahead. (Kudos to the translator are also in order.).
Aug 9, 2007
First Class Book
"Travels With Herodotus" is an excellent book - history and travel by an author who writes beautifully. Highly recommended.
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