Travels with Herodotus records how Kapuściński 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, Kapuściński 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.
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