In 1975 Ryszard Kapuściński’s employers sent him to Angola to cover the civil war that had broken out after independence.
For months he watched as Luanda and then the rest of the country collapsed into a civil war that was in the author’s words ‘sloppy, dogged and cruel’.
In his account, Kapuściński demonstrates an extraordinary capacity to describe and to explain the individual meaning of grand political abstractions.
Listening to the Heartbeat
Ryszard Kapuscinski understood the pitfalls of news reporting perfectly. He eschewed any pretence of being a dashing correspondent and wrote of the strange drive that propelled him to dangerous,...Read more