Travels With Herodotus

Travels With Herodotus

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From the master of literary reportage whose acclaimed books include "Shah of Shahs, The Emperor, " and "The Shadow of the Sun," an intimate account of his first youthful forays beyond the Iron Curtain.
Just out of university in 1955, Kapuscinski told his editor that he'd like to go abroad. Dreaming no farther than Czechoslovakia, the young reporter found himself sent to India. Wide-eyed and captivated, he would discover in those days his life's work--to understand and describe the world in its remotest reaches, in all its multiplicity. From the rituals of sunrise at Persepolis to the incongruity of Louis Armstrong performing before a stone-faced crowd in Khartoum, Kapuscinski gives us the non-Western world as he first saw it, through still-virginal Western eyes.
The companion on his travels: a volume of Herodotus, a gift from his first boss. Whether in China, Poland, Iran, or the Congo, it was the "father of history"--and, as Kapuscinski would realize, of globalism--who helped the young correspondent to make sense of events, to find the story where it did not obviously exist. It is this great forerunner's spirit--both supremely worldly and innately Occidental--that would continue to whet Kapuscinski's ravenous appetite for discovering the broader world and that has made him our own indispensable companion on any leg of that perpetual journey.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400043385
1400043387
Branch Call Number: 930
Characteristics: viii, 275 pages ;,23 cm

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mclarjh
Feb 15, 2017

I preferred this author´s other books, but still worthwhile.

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DWIGHT A GREEN
Mar 12, 2016

yszard Kapuściński's Travels with Herodotus is a marvelous half-memoir of his career and half-reflection on Herodotus’ The Histories. Kapuściński was a Polish journalist/correspondent that consistently put himself in some of the world’s hot spots.

Kapuściński‘s desire to see what’s beyond the border, what’s on the other side, provides him an opportunity to travel in his job. Upon his first assignment outside of Poland his editor-in-chief presented him with a copy of The Histories which was his companion on many of his trips. The hook is provided for the remainder of this book as Kapuściński weaves his personal experiences with reflections on Herodotus’ achievement. Kapuściński‘s desire to see what’s beyond the border, what’s on the other side, provides him an opportunity to travel in his job. Upon his first assignment outside of Poland his editor-in-chief presented him with a copy of The Histories which was his companion on many of his trips. The hook is provided for the remainder of this book as Kapuściński weaves his personal experiences with reflections on Herodotus’ achievement.

What follows are remarkable experiences in India, China, and Africa in addition to insights about what it took Herodotus to compile his work. My favorite aspect of Kapuściński’s memoirs is his unapologetic recounting of his experiences, whether he makes explicit the tie-in with Herodotus or not.

If you are not familiar with Herodotus or Kapuściński, Travels with Herodotus proves to be a great introduction to both writers. Even if you have read The Histrories, Kapuściński’s approach adds insight and new ways of looking at the work. Highly recommended.

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Cary_Grant
Feb 04, 2015

Proof, if you needed it, that a love of books does not lead to bookishness, but a curiosity and boldness that compels one out into the world. Gripping stuff.

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ClaireM_W
Oct 03, 2013

Oh, I've just finished this wonderful book and am mourning the end of my visit with this great writer and his enchanting story. A must read!

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