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Imperium [Reading] ➷ Imperium Author Ryszard Kapuściński – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Bestseller 1993 roku tłumaczony na całym świecie Imperium to bodaj najwybitniejsze dokonanie indywidualnego pełnego inwencji stylu reportażu Kapuścińskiego będącego niedościgłym wzorem dla Bestseller roku tłumaczony na całym świecie Imperium to bodaj najwybitniejsze dokonanie indywidualnego pełnego inwencji stylu reportażu Kapuścińskiego będącego niedościgłym wzorem dla największych dziennikarzy dzisiejszych czasów; ukazuje uchwycony na gorąco w pełnych wielorakich znaczeń przybliżeniach proces rozpadu Związku Radzieckiego – ostatniego Imperium kończącego się stuleciaKsiążka ta składa się z trzech częściCzęść I nazywa się Pierwsze spotkania i jest relacją z moich dawnych pobytów w Imperium Opowiadam w niej o wkroczeniu wojsk sowieckich do mojego miasteczka na Polesiu dziś jest tam Białoruś o podróży przez zaśnieżoną i bezludną Syberię o wyprawie na Zakaukazie i do republik Środkowej Azji a więc do obszarów b ZSRR pełnych egzotyki konfliktów i osobliwej pełnej emocji i sentymentów atmosferyCzęść II nazywa się Z lotu ptaka i zdaje sprawę z kilku moich dłuższych wędrówek po rozległej ziemi Imperium jakie odbyłem w latach jego schyłku i ostatecznego rozpadu ostatecznego w każdym razie w tej formie w jakiej istniał do roku Podróże te odbywałem sam omijając oficjalne instytucje i trasy a szlak tych wypraw prowadził od Brześcia granica b ZSRR z Polską do Magadanu nad Pacyfikiem i od Workuty za Kołem Polarnym do Termezu granica a Afganistanem W sumie jakieś tysięcy kilometrówCzęść III nazywa się Ciąg dalszy trwa i jest to zbiór refleksji uwag i notatek powstałych na marginesie moich podróży rozmów i lektur – Ryszard Kapuściński.

  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Imperium
  • Ryszard Kapuściński
  • Polish
  • 14 October 2016

10 thoughts on “Imperium

  1. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    Imperium isn't merely a travel narrative; such would ignore its vitality as palimpsest It traverses the same roads again and again over time it returns to immense crime scenes and it ponders a policy of ecological suicide The book was published in 1994 just before a number of the text's issues came to boil the two Chechen Wars There are whispers of the rise of the oligarchs and somewhere lurking is in the frozen mist is Putin Kapuściński has penned an amazing account of an empire He often suffers the human failing of bullshit philosophy and guessing wrong about an inchoate state of affairs Stalin's chessboard left nascent atrocities across Central Asis The author notes that dissent could've been crushed with death camps and mobile killing units but then there would be a culpable element Famine and cold spread the blame around There is a sting of commiseration at the book's conclusion I felt the stab of such as well

  2. Hana Hana says:

    In 1917 an entire world went mad; a madness that came to be called the Soviet Union The persecutions and wars that began with the October Revolution and that lasted for decades were marked by an almost incomprehensible series of mass exterminations; between 1918 and 1953 an estimated 54 110 million citizens of the USSR perished of unnatural causes The Soviets left behind an enduring legacy of poverty demoralization and ecological catastrophe Deftly weaving historical narrative personal travel stories and the testimony of those he meets along the way Polish journalist poet and traveler Ryszard Kapuściński bears compassionate clear sighted witness to this world and its disintegration In one of the book's opening chapters Kapuściński sets out from Peking on the Trans Siberian railway in 1958 and reaches the border between China and the USSR Now it begins The opening the unfastening the untying the disemboweling The rummaging the plunging in the pulling out the shaking about And what is this? And what is that for?But the worst offenders are citizens of the Soviet Union who have brought in little sacs of kasha and it is the job of a customs inspector to sift through it all A careful meticulous sifting through the fingersThe fingers delicately and imperceptibly but very carefully very vigilantly roll the grain about They investigate The experienced fingerready to throttle the grain instantly catch it in a trap imprison it But the little grain is simply what it isAnd then comes one of those passages that set Ryszard Kapuściński apart the flash of empathy not for the obvious victim of this nonsense but for the inspector Why these are fingers that should be should be sculpting gold polishing diamonds What microscopic movements what responsive tremors what sensitivity what professional virtuosityI have never read anything uite like this book I finished it in just a couple of days and then immediately turned back to read it study it a second time It's brilliant beautiful weird astonishing prescient haunting and sometimes darkly comedic; filled with word pictures that seemed rather like the glittering tesserae of a smashed mosaic If you care about history if you want to understand how and why the madness happened and why the world is still paying the price of this terrible time read this bookI've included uotes and pictures of the former USSR in the comments section below

  3. Andy Andy says:

    Imperium was the first Ryszard Kapuscinski book I read I have since bought and read each of this other books if that tells you anythingKapuscinski was he died early this year a Polish Journalist extraordinaire who spent his life he nearly died numerous times in the field covering Coups Wars and any other havoc he could fly intoImperium is about his travels by plane train car horse whatever through the Soviet Union specifically Siberia The heartbreak he describes in these remote mining and Gulag towns is overwhelming Maybe it's my morbid curiosity with the brutality of the Soviet Union that made me love itor maybe it's because RK's descriptions read like a novel His account of the far reaching areas of Soviet Union are bleak harrowing and full of life His description of the 'Stans for spelling's sake are also excellent Not only are they lively and detailed he traces the history behind the ethnic areas in each including Chechnya which I found particularly fascinatingI thought about the terrible uselessness of suffering Love leaves behind its creation the next generation coming into the world; the continuation of humanity But suffering? Such a great part of human experience the most difficult and painful passes leaving no trace If one were to collect the energy of suffering emitted by the millions of people here Magadan Russia and transform it into the power of creation one could turn our planet into a flowering garden But what would remain?Rusty carcasses of ships rotting watchtowers deep holes which some kind of ore was once extracted A dismal lifeless emptiness Not a soul anywhere for the exhausted columns have already passed and vanished in the cold eternal fog

  4. Adam Adam says:

    Kapuscinski delivers in Imperium a near eual of his masterpieces Another Day of Life The Emperor and Shah of Shahs Describing this makes it seems like an awful mess stitched together from reportage on the dissolution of the Soviet Union a memoir of the author’s own contact with the empire travelogue and history of the various regions writer Geoff Dyer points out the section on the history of the Armenian book as especially wonderful and I agree and an indictment of Stalin’s ruthless brutal and surreal rule The beauty of the writing pulls this together into a meditation on a collapsing empire and a changing of the world order with all the chaos and transformation that is involved The rot decay and weirdness of collapse are what Kapusciski crafts his poetry from and here he is freuently at his most poetic

  5. Michal Michal says:

    Please read this one If you are inclined to learn about soviet Russia this is a must It is so good I could cry And I did So strong

  6. Murtaza Murtaza says:

    Ryszard Kapuściński was one of the great travel writers of the last century a Marco Polo who returned dispatches from obscure corners of the world This book is an account of his journeys across space and time in the Soviet Union It begins during his wartime childhood in Poland and ends in the early 1990s when the regime finally collapsed on itself in exhaustion Unlike most of Kapuściński’s writings this book is clearly very personal The horror of life inside the empire is described not just with elouence but real pain Kapuściński is sparse with his writing He never hammers the reader over the head with details of atrocity A simple description of how Soviet industrial policy caused the death of a lake in Central Asia can be enough to make one deeply understand just what kind of nightmare descended over that part of the worldKapuściński was accused later in life of embellishing details in his books In one sense the accusation likely has some merit His memoir of growing up in a small town in Poland as the Communists took over seem a little too action packed Some of the dialogues he has with interlocutors across Russia seem a little too perfect I would argue that this does not detract from his work however Kapuściński was someone who by his own description was experimenting with genre While traveling on a train through Siberia he wrote about things like borders and the natural human desire to expand out of them His travelogues are those of a storyteller and have a dreamlike uality to them If his books were written as novels they would be masterpieces and no less true than a piece of reporting That so many of his hinted at predictions came to pass should suggest how genuine they really wereKapuściński wanted the reader to understand in an intimate way the incredible sufferings that this regime had inflicted on its people I would say without hesitation that he succeeded This is one of those books that upon finishing you feel fresh gratitude for the warm water in your faucet the ability to talk freely about what is on one's mind and for the breathability of the air outside It is one of the most visceral and accessible chronicles of the Soviet Empire that I’ve ever encountered

  7. Wanda Wanda says:

    This book by Ryszard Kapuscinski is amazing But it is work albeit well worth the trouble It is difficult to put a finger on what it actually is travelogue vignettes is about as close as I can come to describing it Kapuscinksi is a Polish journalist who traveled througout the Soviet Union when few other people could As he traveled he recorded his impressions throughout the years beginning with the Soviet occupation of Eastern Poland His observations are relatively apolitical They are mostly cultural and the book is filled with all kinds of cultural allusions some of which I had to look up to understandHis writing is dispassionate even when describing the enormous environmental destruction wrought by the Soviets in Central AsiaThere are tidbits of information here that astound and illuminate I doubt that this book will be read widely especially in the US but for students of the history of the Soviet Union this is a must Well written and riveting even in translation it is a rich portrait of a very diverse imperium

  8. Luis Luis says:

    Kapuściński was my best personal discovery of the year His wit his enormous culture and his historical perspective make him a must for today's journalists and readers About this book it is inevitable to find a justified Polish hatred towards Russia and the Soviet Union as a factor in the depiction of many real atrocities perpetrated by the regime That being said many testimonies of Siberian residents are appalling and so are many other stories about the bureaucratic machine told all around the Soviet Union However the most impressive part of this book was the ending in which Kapuściński wrote his views on the future of Russia to be a continued authoritarian and corrupted country are incredibly accurate in light of Putin's regime How come he was one of the few to foresee it?

  9. Michael Scott Michael Scott says:

    Imperium is the rare book that can explain Communist regimes in this case the Communist regime in Russia In what starts as a memoir then turns into a multi trip travelogue Ryszard Kapuściński captures the essence of the regime the corruption the decay the bureaucracy the totalitarian state but also the beautifully diverse and thoroughly enslaved and oppressed people This dystopian journalism for modern Russia 1930s through 1990s is a dystopian and failed state is made palatable by Kapuściński's ability to tell stories to blend humour and unexpected anecdote in the darkest of tales How to move an oversized bust of Lenin into your room and why this is a sure way to prison? EtcOverall a must read for everyone wanting to understand Russia Imperium is brilliant analysis coated in excellent writing a masterclass in realpolitik in understandable terms TODO about Stalin Beria Khrushchev Gorbachev About the population of Siberia About the planned conflicts in Armenia Azerbaijan etc About the starvation of millions in Ukraine About the forced migration of millions About the murder of intellectuals About the depredation of Turkestan and its split into five countries About Moscow Novgorod Petersburg About Baltic states and Belorussia About the tragedy of conflict set in advance by Russia to enable it to intervene and occupy later The brilliant stories The brilliant analysis The brilliant feeling of this journalist gets it

  10. Aelena Aelena says:

    A fascinating account of memories and explorations of the USSR by this journalist The author undertakes an amazing journey through the most remote and inhospit corners of the old soviet empire in those key years when the state of that empire is decrepit and crumbling Ryszard brings us the lost voices and stories of anonymous people who suffered the enormous atrocities of the stalin years the forced famines the millions and millions executed or sent to die of hunger neglect and forced work in horrible conditions in Siberia One of the cannot miss books to bring some closure to the XXth century a century of death in unprecedented scale and cruelty Even when the author does not delve into minute details of that continuous apocalypse that the soviet regime was some of the details are really heart wrenching to say the leastWhen I still see some people vindicating the figure of Stalin or communism it seems to me they are even worse than nazis they are the most repugnant and vile beings They should read this book although I guess they'll say it's all lies it never happened etc

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