Kapuscinski, Ryszard - Travels with Herodotus - ( Item 127594 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2012. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Preface by Margaret Atwood. Three-quarter bound in buckram. Paper sides printed with a photograph by the author. Set in Arno Pro. 248 pages. Frontispiece and 16 pages of black & white plates. Book Size:10" × 6¾". During a brief period of political 'thaw' in Poland following Stalin's death in 1953, a young reporter named Ryszard Kapuscinski dreamed of being allowed to leave the country – not to go as far as Paris or London, but simply to cross the border. A year after he confessed his desire to his editor, the terrified Kapuscinski was sent to India. He knew almost nothing about life in other countries; his only frame of reference was his copy of Herodotus' The Histories. He returned overwhelmed by the experience, embarrassed by his ignorance, but determined to see the world. Kapuscinski was a gifted photographer, and this new Folio edition contains a selection of his astonishing pictures, held in an archive in Warsaw. Some of these have never previously been published. They reveal Kapuscinski as a great portraitist, who befriended individuals and captured their stories, both in his books and with his 35mm Zorca. Margaret Atwood was 'honoured and pleased' when we asked her permission to reprint her 2007 obituary of Kapuscinski as the preface for this book. It ends with a quotation from Travels with Herodotus: 'We stand in darkness, surrounded by light'. For Atwood, this is a fitting epitaph for 'this modest man who was a superlative witness to our times'.
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