Haile Selassie, King of Kings, Elect of God, Lion of Judah, His Most Puissant Majesty and Distinguished Highness the Emperor of Ethiopia, reigned from. The Emperor has ratings and reviews. Rowena said: A star rating perhaps. This book contains accounts from those close to Ethiopia’s last em. Kapuscinski visited Ethiopia in , after the revolution which toppled Haile In The Emperor (Polish Cesarz) he worked their stories together, with some direct.

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And rather than being strict reportage, I suppose the American frame of reference for The Emperor is probably the “new journalism” stuff from the ’60s– Truman Capote, Tom Wolfe, Hunter Thompson, all that.

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The Emperor is so powerful that when he elevates someone to a new position, he changes their body language completely: English Choose a language for shopping. You actually see the insanity and chaos that Selassie created and nurtured in his palace and metaphorically throughout his country.

Of particular note are the amazing accounts of Sellasie’s court pre-disillusion, and the accounts of the men who propped up the emperor’s legs on account of him being short in stature and therefore believed that they were personally responsible for “supporting the empire.

A man who has been singled out by His Distinguished Majesty will not jump, run, frolic, or cut a caper. Show 25 empror 50 All. Yet in lampooning Selassie as a tinpot Caesar, Waugh and other critics rather missed the point. There were sections here where I lost interest mainly as a result of repetitionbut what will always stick with me are the little absurdities the revolution starting at a fashion show; the Swiss calisthenics instructors appearing days before the fall of the empire to conduct fitness classes ; and the fascinating, depressing glimpses of professionalism in the person whose sole job was to open the door at exactly the right time, the person whose sole job was to bow just so on the hour, and the person who had kapuscinsk choose the right pillow out of 64 options to slide under The Emperor’s tiny feet.

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Fascinating book – an oral history of the last days of Haile Selassie’s empire told by his palace servants. But the extremes of hierarchy leave the tragic fates of the many to deface a benighted land. And while this is still a European take on an African event kapuscinwki love to read something written by actual Ethiopians on the subject!

How much of this is actually Selassie and how much is carefully picked in order to make fun of Stalin or Khrushchev or even Gomulka is up for debate, but that’s exactly what makes this book a masterpiece: Had he not done so, this would be one kapuscinsli the all-time great descriptions of autocratic excess.

Additionally, the famine that I when coming to understand the larger world was the primary association with Ethiopia was already a part, an ignored part by the palace, of the Ethiopian landscape and thus an obvious factor in the eventual successful rebellion by among other Ethiopians, the military, university students, and petrol-less taxi drivers.

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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. This book perfectly captures the flavor of Ethiopian political culture, and those observations as just as true today as they were in the 70’s. View all 14 comments. Totally recommend the book! The august gentlemen were not allowed to flinch or make the slightest gesture when they felt their feet getting wet.

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I ca From the waning Gomulka regime forward, Kapuscinski fashioned a journalistic career kapuscknski of exceedingly subtle swipes at the pretenses and tragicomic self-deception of Soviet-style Communism. Still, this description of life within the Ethiopian royal palace during emperorr last days of the reign of Hailie Selassie a hero in the West because of his successful opposition to the Italian invasion preceding World War II provides a fine description of the kapsucinski, bullies, and idiots who hang around to lick up the slops as a totalitarian regime enters its final days.


Apr 05, Adam rated it it was amazing Shelves: All accounts given are from anonymous sources allegedly close servants of the Emperor, identified only by initials, again unverifiable. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The approach, that of relying upon interviews with former palace insiders, would be incredibly effective were it not for the fact that the author decided to embellish their descriptions. Empedor ask other readers questions about The Emperorplease sign up.

Why should the European powers have all the pomp and ceremony? Nothing to dislike here except for the brutal treatment of the royal family which, though not perfect, served its people relatively well compared to autocratic leaders on the African continent. And the answer is a mind-boggling no. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Not, of course, that you’d ever believe these are direct transcriptions of interviews, or that Kapuscinski hasn’t modified and tailored these accounts as he sees fit, unless kwpuscinski believe all of the ministers speak in an identical fantastical ironical language.

The book does not mention is earnest Emperor Haile Selassie I’s accomplishments. The peasant will fall face down into the mud – and then spring up and grab an ax. The Shah of Shahs should also be great from Ryszard.

How can they desire what they cannot imagine? I noticed that in the English translation, strangely the poems, I’m assuming were originally in Amharic, rhymed in English.

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