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How It Felt to Be There

Neal Ascherson: Ryszard Kapuściński, 2 August 2012

Ryszard Kapuściński: A Life 
by Artur Domosławski, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.
Verso, 456 pp., £25, September 2012, 978 1 84467 858 7
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... In a few weeks, all going well, I will get to see my Polish file. Any foreign journalist who visited Poland regularly in the Communist period must assume that the old Security Service built up a dossier on him or her. Mine is now in the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw, and I can read it. I don’t know what it contains. Much irrelevant rubbish, no doubt: surveillance teams have to justify their expenses ...

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