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The Cobra's Heart (Penguin Great Journeys) Paperback – Import, 2007
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This particular example from the great Polish travel writer on the Third World, Ryszard Kapuscinski probably works so well because all his books are effectively a series of mini essays with each chapter's topic and country continuously changing even where they have a general theme. This choice from the longer "The Shadow of the Sun" (which I must admit is not my personal favourite of all his works) is a series of essays over the years on his visits to Africa that range from Ghana the first African colony to win independence in the 1950s through to an encounter with black magic in Western Uganda post Idi Amin taking power. Kapuscinski's main attraction as a writer is that he has always sought out the underclass and the underbelly of the locations he has visited as well as mixing with the leaders of the chosen location plus brings a practical political analysis to the issues, especially bearing in mind he was visiting as a journalist from a Communist country.
A very easy read and introduction which will hopefully make any new readers want to go and read his now many longer tomes on subjects ranging from the fall of the Shah in Iran to post Cold War Russia.