"IMPERIUM" (RYSZARD KAPUSCINSKI).
Critical review of journalist's impressionistic study of Russia from 1939 to fall of Soviet Empire.
Ryszard Kapuscinski, in Imperium, examines crucial eras in the modern history of Russia: 1939-1967, 1989-1991, and 1992-1993. His conclusions about... more
Ryszard Kapuscinski, in Imperium, examines crucial eras in the modern history of Russia: 1939-1967, 1989-1991, and 1992-1993. His conclusions about the nation, its people, its leadership, and its power and collapse, are far from clear or definitive. However, this does not weaken the impact of the book, for any such attempt at clear conclusions about Russia in the mid-1990s would be folly. Kapuscinski knows this and seems to draw journalistic energy from the fact:
The whole does not end with a higher and definitive synthesis, but, on the contrary, it disintegrates and falls apart, and the reason for this is that in the course of writing the book, its main subject and theme fell apart--namely, the great Soviet superpower (x).
The author does not pretend to know what will happen to what