About this book
The last book of the late, great traveller-reporter, this explains the motivation of Kapuscinski's whole career. It records how, armed with Herodotus' "The Histories", he set out on his first forays to India, China and Africa in the 1950s. At every encounter with a new culture, Kapuscinski plunges in, curious and observant, thirsting to understand its history, its thought, its people. 'The master of literary reportage...' "Independent"
Records how the author set out on his first forays to India, China and Africa with the great Greek historian constantly in his pocket. The author sees Louis Armstrong in Khartoum, visits Dar-es-Salaam, arrives in Algiers in time for a coup when nothing seems to happen (but he sees the Mediterranean for the first time).