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The Other
by Ryszard Kapuscinski
translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Verso, October 2008


Ryszard Kapuscinski witnessed and reported major wars, coups and revolutions as they happened throughout the developing world and global South. In this distillation of his reflections accumulated from a lifetime of travel, he takes a fresh look at the Western idea of the Other: the non-European or non-American. Looking at this concept through the lens of his own encounters in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and considering its formative significance for his own work, Kapuscinski traces how the West has understood the Other from classical times to colonialism, from the age of enlightenment to the postmodern global village. He observes how today we continue to treat the non-European as an alien and a threat, an object of study that has not yet become a partner in sharing responsibility for the fate of the world. In our globalised but increasingly polarised post-9/11 age, Kapuscinski shows how the Other remains one of the most compelling ideas of our times.

β€œIn this short, simple, extraordinarily intelligent book, Kapuscinski explores what it is to be European, to be non-European, to be colonised, to be the coloniser, to have or to impose an identity.” β€”The Guardian

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