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The Emperor

Downfall of an Autocrat

By Ryszard Kapuscinski

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Haile Selassie, His Most Puissant Majesty and Distinguished Highness the Emperor of Ethiopia, enjoyed a 44-year reign until his own army gave him the boot in 1974. In the days following the coup, the Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski traveled to Continue

Haile Selassie, His Most Puissant Majesty and Distinguished Highness the Emperor of Ethiopia, enjoyed a 44-year reign until his own army gave him the boot in 1974. In the days following the coup, the Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski traveled to Ethiopia and sought out members of the imperial court for interviews.

His composite portrait of Selassie's crumbling imperium is an astonishing, wildly funny creation, beginning with the very first interview. "It was a small dog," recalls an anonymous functionary, "a Japanese breed. His name was Lulu. He was allowed to sleep in the Emperor's great bed. During various ceremonies, he would run away from the Emperor's lap and pee on dignitaries' shoes. The august gentlemen were not allowed to flinch or make the slightest gesture when they felt their feet getting wet. I had to walk among the dignitaries and wipe the urine from their shoes with a satin cloth. This was my job for ten years." (Well, it's a living.)

Elsewhere, the interviewees venture into tragic or grotesque or downright unbelievable terrain. Kapuscinski has shaped their testimonies into an eloquent whole, and while he never alludes to the totalitarian regime that ruled his native Poland during the same period, the analogy is impossible to ignore.

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    Me ha defraudado bastante, se hace muy repetitivo, quizás por la forma exponer el tema al ser manifestaciones de personas relacionadas con "El Emperador".

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    Manuelrl7 said on Aug 20, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    Un libro muy interesante sobre Haile Selassie de Etiopía, el Rey de Reyes, el León de Judá, el elegido de Diós, el muy Altísimo Señor, su más Sublime Magestad, descendiente directo de Salomón que gobernó el país como monarca absoluto durante casi cin ...(continue)

    Un libro muy interesante sobre Haile Selassie de Etiopía, el Rey de Reyes, el León de Judá, el elegido de Diós, el muy Altísimo Señor, su más Sublime Magestad, descendiente directo de Salomón que gobernó el país como monarca absoluto durante casi cincuenta años. Menudo elemento estaba hecho.

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    Pink Panther said on Jun 11, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    Estupendo viaje en la Etiopia de Haile Selassie.

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    Mufuj said on Jul 9, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    Ho visto che recentemente c'e' stato un qualche vocìo riguardo un libro recente di Kapucinsky, o come si chiama. Well, non sono affatto impressionato. Non so se il tipo si sia 'pentito', nell'accezione giudiziaria del termine, ma anni fa era un apolo ...(continue)

    Ho visto che recentemente c'e' stato un qualche vocìo riguardo un libro recente di Kapucinsky, o come si chiama. Well, non sono affatto impressionato. Non so se il tipo si sia 'pentito', nell'accezione giudiziaria del termine, ma anni fa era un apologeta convinto del comunismo piu' imperialista e becero. Ne e' la prova questo 'Emperor'. Non ho mai letto ne' prima ne' dopo una simile collezione di falsita', distorsioni storiche, e sciocchezze pure e semplici. Il K arrivo' a scrivere che Haile Selassie' mori' di vecchiaia, pensionato dal regime benevolo del partito dei lavoratori di Menghistu Haile' Mariam. Occorrera' aspettare fino al 1992 per scoprire i resti del piu' grande monarca africano sotterrati sotto le mattonelle di un bagno del suo stesso palazzo, dopo essere stato assassinato dal regime 'illuminato' (secondo il K) che l'aveva rimpiazzato. Autore vergognosamente ideologicizzato, non permette ai fatti di intrufolarsi in quella che lui ritiene la verita'. Per questo motivo non leggero' 'Ebano', a invito chiunque lo faccia a considerare i motivi che il K puo' avere per scrivere una cosa piuttosto che un'altra.

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 192 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0141188030
  • ISBN-13: 9780141188034
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publish date: 2006-06-01
  • Dimensions: 71 mm x 832 mm x 1,276 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , eBook
  • In other languages: other languages Libros en Español
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