By Ryszard Kapuscinski
'This is a really own publication, approximately being on my own and lost'. In 1975 Kapuscinski's employers despatched him to Angola to hide the civil struggle that had damaged out after independence. For months he watched as Luanda after which the remainder of the rustic collapsed right into a civil warfare that used to be within the author's phrases 'sloppy, dogged and cruel'. In his account, Kapuscinski demonstrates a rare skill to explain and to provide an explanation for the person that means of grand political abstractions.
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Another Day of Life (Penguin Modern Classics) by Ryszard Kapuscinski