The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat, published in , is Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński’s analysis of the decline and fall of Haile Selassie’s regime in. While the fighting still raged, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland’s leading foreign correspondent, traveled to Ethiopia to seek out and interview Selassie’s servants . El Emperador. Front Cover. Ryszard Kapuscinski. Anagrama, Feb 28, Ryszard Kapuscinski was born in His books have been translated into

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This was my job for ten years. Oct 13, Monica rated it really liked it Shelves: It is a quick read, and a lean book, and a bold one. Feb 22, Donna Kirk marked it as to-read. Haile Salassie had come to power by manipulation of dynastic lines and thus could been seen as a figure who himself had used a coup to kkapuscinski to power.

Refresh and try again. A man doesn’t seize an ax in defense of his wallet, but in defense of his dignity, and that, dear sir, is why His Majesty scolded the clerks. It suffers from diminishing returns, but it’s recommended for anyone who find Selassie or the corrosive nature of power interesting.

After reading this book, I am thoroughly displeased with Mr. Here are a few things to think about before and while reading this book. Open Preview See a Problem? Marie Antoinette allegedly told the starving to eat cake if they have no bread, Haile Selassie decided to build dams while his country was in the midst of famine.

Trivia About The Emperor. A book about Ethiopia written by a Polish author, The Emperor tries to reconstruct the waning days of the Ethiopian monarchy through the testimonies of the survivors of the fallen regime, former servants and nobility. History, ritual, materiality, memory, myth, and injustice are all laid out bare. Thanks for telling us about the problem. There is something about each of these images that causes ell reader to pause and kapusvinski, and remember emperadr afterwards.


Apr 05, Adam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Salman Rushdie wrote about him: Excellent in its description of mood. It was written only after Emperor Haile Selassie I had passed away, therefore the “facts” cannot be disputed or verified.

The book rarely mentions anything of worth as being attributed to the Emperor rtszard when it does quickly poisons the accomplishment with a claim of arrogance and corruption. Oct 17, Martyna rated it liked it. While his back was turned they stopped working and lazed about.

May 13, Tyler rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The book does not mention is earnest Emperor Haile Selassie I’s accomplishments. Having confirmed this truth by a moment of silence, the conversation changed its direction and moved on to a different subject, a trivial, second-rate, second-hand subject.

El emperador: la historia del extrañísimo señor de Ethiopía – Ryszard Kapuściński – Google Books

Sep 13, Hamide meraj rated it really liked it. Oct 24, Andrew added it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I ca From the waning Gomulka regime forward, Kapuscinski fashioned a journalistic career out of exceedingly subtle swipes at the pretenses and tragicomic self-deception of Soviet-style Communism. There is only one side to this story, and that is the “fact” that His Imperial Majesty was a poor leader and a power hungry despot.

It was really well done. For their own convenience and vanity, instead of adding the burden bit by bit, in little bags, they tried to heave a whole big sack on at once. He arrives in an empty field. The Emperor is aimed at Haile Selassie, who Kapuscinski paints as a vapid, self-important ignoramus. Almost all other sources will indicate otherwise. There were sections here where I lost interest mainly as a result of repetitionbut what will always stick with me are the little absurdities the revolution starting at a fashion show; the Swiss calisthenics instructors appearing days before t Fascinating book – an oral history of the last days of Haile Selassie’s empire told by his palace servants.


Power sits heavily on his shoulders. The several speakers whose contributions build the story relate the details with elegance.

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Go to other writers for the facts, go Kaouscinski for something more. And the answer is a emerador no. Great historical book describing the mood of the palace in Ethiopia under the rule of Haile Selassie. This book whetted my appetite for learning more about Selassie and Ethiopia. A man who has been singled out by His Distinguished Majesty will not jump, run, frolic, or cut a caper. Jul 28, R. However, the accounts sounded a bit too fictional to me.

I noticed that in the English translation, strangely the poems, I’m assuming were originally in Amharic, rhymed in English. Nov 28, Adam Dalva rated it liked it. They always reached an invisible but perceptible point, beyond which silence fell. Quotes from The Emperor. Even conversation deteriorated, losing its vigor and momentum.

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