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    DescriptionAfter the deposition of Haile Selassie in 1974, which ended the ancient rule of the Abyssinian monarchy, Ryszard Kapuscinski travelled to Ethiopia and sought out surviving courtiers to tell their stories. Here, their eloquent and ironic voices depict the lavish, corrupt world they had known - from the rituals, hierarchies and intrigues at court to the vagaries of a ruler who maintained absolute power over his impoverished people. They describe his inexorable downfall as the Ethiopian military approach, strange omens appear in the sky and courtiers vanish, until only the Emperor and his valet remain in the deserted palace, awaiting their fate. Dramatic and mesmerising, "The Emperor" is one of the great works of reportage and a haunting epitaph on the last moments of a dying regime.


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    Title
    The Emperor
    Subtitle
    Downfall of an Autocrat
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ryszard Kapuscinski, Introduction by Neal Ascherson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 141 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141188034
    ISBN 10: 0141188030
    Classifications

    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFGA
    BISAC V2.8: HIS001000, BIO000000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23630
    DC22: 963.06
    BIC subject category V2: 1HFGA, 3JJPL
    Thema V1.0: NHH
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    01 June 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Born in Pinsk, now in Belarus, in 1932, Kapuscinski was the pre-eminent writer among Polish reporters. Kapuscinski's best-known book is just such a reportage-novel of the decline of Haile Selassie's anachronistic regime in Ethiopia - The Emperor, which has been translated into many languages. Shah of Shahs, about the last Shah of Iran, and Imperium, about the last days of the Soviet Union, have enjoyed similar success. He died in January 2007. Neal Ascherson was born in Edinburgh in 1932, and has worked as a journalist all his life - mostly as a foreign correspondent in east-central Europe and in Africa. For some 12 years he was a columnist on The Observer and The Independent on Sunday. He wrote two books about Poland, and his recent works include Black Sea (1995) and Stone Voices (2002). Neal Ascherson lives in London and is married to the journalist and broadcaster Isabel Hilton.
    Review quote
    ""[The Emperor]" transcends reportage, becoming a nightmare of power... An unforgettable, fiercely comic, and finally compassionate book." --Salman Rushdie "Kapuscinski transcends the limitations of journalism and writes with the narrative power of a Conrad or Kipling or Orwell." --Blake Morrison "A Stunning exhibit; the interviewed subjects. . .enunciate their memories of the days of Haile Selassie with a magical elegance that. . .achieves poetry and aphorism." --John Updike, "The New Yorker"