Another Day of Life
In 1975, Angola was tumbling into pandemonium; everyone who could was packing crates, desperate to abandon the beleaguered colony. With his trademark bravura, Ryszard Kapuscinski went the other way, begging his was from Lisbon and comfort to Luanda—once famed as Africa's Rio de Janeiro—and chaos.
Angola, a slave colony later given over to mining and plantations, was a promised land for generations of poor Portuguese. It had belonged to Portugal since before there were English-speakers in North America. After the collapse of the fascist dictatorship in Portugal in 1974, Angola was brusquely cut loose, spurring the catastrophe of a still-ongoing civil war. Kapuscinski plunged right into the middle of the drama, driving past thousands of haphazardly placed check-points, where using the wrong shibboleth was a matter of life and death; recording his imporessions of the young soldiers—from Cuba, Angola, South Africa, Portugal—fighting a nebulous war with global repercussions; and examining the peculiar brutality of a country surprised and divided by its newfound freedom.
Translated from the Polish by William R. Brand and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JBreedlove - LibraryThing
A journalists account of the Portuguese pullout from Angola in the mid-1970's and the trials and tribulations in reporting it. Robert Kaplan must have read alot of Kapuscinsky. Kaplan's early books are very similar. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - untraveller - LibraryThing
Nice insight into the revolt in the Portuguese colonies. I was in Lisbon in May 1975 when Portugal was in flux....hence, meaningful. Read full review