Imperium is the story of an empire: the constellation of states that was submerged under a single identity for most of the twentieth century – the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
From the arrival of Soviet troops into his hometown in Poland in 1939, to just before the Berlin Wall came down, as the USSR convulsed and died, Kapuściński travelled thousands of miles and talked to hundreds of ordinary Soviet people about their extraordinary lives and the terror from which they were emerging.
It is a classic of reportage and a literary masterwork by one of the great writers and witnesses of the twentieth century.
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