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In 1955, just starting his career as a reporter, Kapuscinski wanted to travel just beyond the border of Poland. His editor sent him on assignment much farther afield, to China, Iran, and Africa, with a gift of Herodotus' Histories. In this amazing memoir, Kapuscinski compares his own wanderings to those of the Greek historian. He wonders about the motivation behind Herodotus' journeys, recounting how his own were spurred by unrest in Poland. Calling Herodotus the "first globalist," Kapuscinski uses his volume as comfort, solace, guide, and inspiration. He intersperses Herodotus' writings throughout his own musings at the modern world, comparing ancient Persia's Darius with the then shah of Iran. As he reads about and dreads the war between the Greeks and Persians, he covers the war in the Congo. Liberated by his travels, Kapuscinski nonetheless feels the impenetrability of the "Great Wall of Language" in China and all the barriers to overcoming xenophobia and nurturing an appreciation for diverse cultures. Kapuscinski's recollections are intimate and vibrant in his embrace of a broader world. Bush, Vanessa --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Luminous. . . . Like Herodotus, Ryszard Kapuscinski was a reporter, a historian, an adventurer and, truly, an artist.” —The Wall Street Journal“Enchanting. . . . Underneath its shimmering prose beats the unquiet heart of a fundamentally decent man and an uncommonly gifted observer. . . . It has a startling clarity and power.” —The New Republic“A work of art: so eloquent, so simple, that you find yourself marveling at its prose….a travel book that all students of writing and of literature ought to read.” —The Washington Post Book WorldSee all Editorial Reviews
"Travels with Herodotus" is a terrific blending of selected stories by Herodotus and Kapuscinski's own observations while traveling. Read morePublished 13 months ago by historybuff3
Engaging, beautifully written.
If you haven't read any Herodotus already, this will make you want to read his ASAP. You'll also want to read more Kapuscinski.
Travels with Herodotus is the ninth book published in English by award-winning Polish journalist, Ryszard Kapuscinski. It is translated by Klara Glowczewska. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cloggie Downunder
Ryszard Kapuscinski traveled internationally, starting just after WW II. I found his experiences in India, China, etc fascinating, comparing them to what the countries are like... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Florence Shaffer
This is one of the best books I've read in years. It blends classical Greek historian, Herodotus,' writings with the keen observations of a brilliant journalist in the volatile... Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by C. Tucker
Excellent travel book with authoir comparing different conditions in other countries in Europe and Asia with the diary of this greek travelerPublished on April 23, 2013 by William J. Stempel
If you have to introduce someone to Herodotus, this is the book to read.You can read it through Kapucinski's eyes and learn to love it like he evidently does. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Sheba Camacho