Ryszard Kapuściński (March 4, 1932 – January 23, 2007) was a Polish reporter, journalist, traveller, photographer, poet and writer whose dispatches in book form brought him a global reputation. Widely considered a serious candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature during his lifetime, he is one of the Polish writers most frequently translated into foreign languages.
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When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself.
Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we'll never achieve.
if reason ruled the world would history even exist?
Money changes all the iron rules into rubber bands.
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
When is a crisis reached? When questions arise that can't be answered.
The official independence celebration was going to be held over four or five days, and a group of journalists from all over the world was allowed to fly in, because Angola was closed otherwise.
Amin is the shame of the whole world.
The fact that he managed to rule so long and commit so many crimes was only possible thanks to the hypocrisy of the East and the West who were waging the Cold War for world domination.
People were really interested in what was going on because of the international context of the Cold War.
In the Russian experience, although the Russian state is oppressive, it is their state, it is part of their fabric, and so the relation between Russian citizens and their state is complicated.
In the First World War, there was the sudden passion of nationalism, and the killing took place because of these emotions. But the Soviet case is different, because you had systematic murder, like the Holocaust.
There is a fundamental difference between the Polish experience of the state and the Russian experience. In the Polish experience, the state was always a foreign power. So, to hate the state was a patriotic act.
Although a system may cease to exist in the legal sense or as a structure of power, its values (or anti-values), its philosophy, its teachings remain in us. They rule our thinking, our conduct, our attitude to others. The situation is a demonic paradox: we have toppled the system but we still carry its genes.
Money changes all the iron rules into rubber bands.
I remember in 1978 meeting two Ugandan captains in the hotel talking Russian.
They had been educated in Moscow and since they came from different Ugandan peoples, it was the only way they could understand one another.
Conditions were so hard. To send the news out, telex was the only means, but telex was very rare in Africa. So if somebody was flying to Europe, we gave him correspondence to send after he arrived.
He killed his enemies because he was afraid they would kill him.
Amin ordered entire tribes to be put to death, because he feared they would rebel.
Most correspondents came from the former colonial powers - there were British, French, and a lot of Italians, because there were a lot of Italian communities there. And of course there were a lot of Russians.
I'll tell you what colonial experience is.
My writing is a combination of three elements.
The first is travel: not travel like a tourist, but travel as exploration. The second is reading literature on the subject. The third is reflection.
There are several reasons why Russians view the oppressive state positively.
First, in the Russian Orthodox religion, there is an understanding of authority as something sent by God.
First you destroy those who create values.
Then you destroy those who know what the values are, and who also know that those destroyed before were in fact the creators of values. But real barbarism begins when no one can any longer judge or know that what he does is barbaric.
In modern Russia, you have no official, formal assessment of this past.
Nobody in any Russian document has said that the policy of the Soviet government was criminal, that it was terrible. No one has ever said this.
Amin managed to invite both the US and Soviet ambassadors to his palace at the very same time and then deliberately kept them together in his waiting room.
I'm trying to put more elements of the essay into my writing.
This is the most intimate relationship between literature and its readers: they treat the text as a part of themselves, as a possession.
We have such a mixture now, such a fusion of different genres.
There is a lack of critical assessment of the past.
But you have to understand that the current ruling elite is actually the old ruling elite. So they are incapable of a self-critical approach to the past.
Our job is like a baker's work -- his rolls are tasty as long as they're fresh;
after two days they're stale; after a week, they're covered with mould and fit only to be thrown out.
In a society of little economic development, universal inactivity accompanies universal poverty. You survive not by struggling against nature, or by increasing production, or by relentless labor; instead you survive by expending as little energy as possible, by striving constantly to achieve a state of immobility.
The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.
Readership was high, and very attentive. It was people's only source of knowledge about the world.
A population weakened and exhausted by battling against so many obstacles -- whose needs are never satisfied and desires never fulfilled -- is vulnerable to manipulation and regimentation. The struggle for survival is, above all, an exercise that is hugely time-consuming, absorbing and debilitating. If you create these anti-conditions, your rule is guaranteed for a hundred years.