War over a Handful of Corn
- The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life by Ryszard Kapuściński, translated by Klara Glowczewska
Penguin, 336 pp, £18.99, June 2001, ISBN 0 07 139945 3
‘For the sake of a single verse,’ the famous passage from Rilke runs,
one must see many cities, men and things . . . One must be able to think back to roads in unknown regions, to unexpected meetings and to partings . . . And still it is not yet enough to have memories . . . Not till they have turned to blood within us, to glance and gesture, nameless and no longer to be distinguished from ourselves – not till then can it happen that in a most rare hour the first word of a verse arises in their midst and goes forth from them.