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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In this emperor, this court, and this society, a primordial human drama demands its stage. Don’t have a Kindle?

Oct 20, Boris Maksimovic rated it it was amazing. Oct 24, Andrew added it Shelves: Instead he chooses a few details that stick out in the mind: A very interesting and different take on a history I followed in papers.

They portray the rituals and hierarchies of the palace, with all eyes turned to the centre and everyone scrambling to catch the attention and favour of the monarch. Start reading The Emperor: A little lesson in the blurred lines between reportage and fiction – a “detailed account” of the fall of Haile Sellasie given by the ministers and servants who once waited upon him.

It was really well done. Apr 05, Adam rated it it was amazing Shelves: A man who has been singled out by His Distinguished Majesty will not jump, run, frolic, or cut a caper. It rings of Marquez’s Autumn of the Patriarch too – especially in the chilling moment when the Emperor starts trying to govern the very coup that is overthrowing him. The several speakers whose contributions build the story relate the details with elegance.

It ranks up there with Catch 22 as a guide to political absurdity, and rule through gaslighting. The Emperor is so powerful that when he elevates someone to a new position, he changes their body language completely: The most penetrating, compelling book on the nature of power and the inevitability of it’s dissolution within the framework of human nature, Kapuscinski’s book should be taught -before- Maciavelli in any self-respecting Political Science class.


Another revealing, well documented and personal accounting of another African leader taking charge of his country after colonialism. It was hard for me to accept the content as the Ethiopian people I know speak highly of Selassie. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat (Ryszard Kapuscinski)

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a emleror. The story of how somehow Haile Selassie comes to and maintains power. Kadare to critique autocracy in genera,l as in general most dictatorships are the same wh The Emperor is a bizarre and at time grotesquely comic portrait of the last Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie. Show 25 25 50 All. Suddenly he remember This book was a gift to me from a friend who is a former Guardian empeor. This book whetted my appetite for learning more about Selassie and Ethiopia.

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 t Fascinating book – an oral history of the last days of Haile Selassie’s empire told by his palace servants. There is something about each of these images that causes the reader to pause and think, and remember them afterwards.

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.

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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. Yet for all the dizzying Semitic connections, Asserate reminds us, Ethiopia converted to Christianity in the fourth century AD, when the Ark of the Covenant was allegedly transferred there from southern Egypt.


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Strictly speaking it is neither history, Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. All the accounts use reverence when kapuscinsii about His Imperial Majesty, and yet at the same time slander his name and abilities as a ruler. May 13, Tyler rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The end came with famine in the north, student unrest, international attention on Ethiopia, and smperor rebellions.

Kqpuscinski part in particular that got me incensed, was the account of the hired laborers only working while under the supervision of the foremen. Kapuscinski knows he has stumbled into something unique, a culture whose primeval foundation neither lends nor refuses itself to any obvious interpretation. This regime outclasses modern ones in some ways: The Old Testament casket, lined with gold to accommodate the two tablets of the Ten Commandments, is said to reside today in the church of St Mary of Zion, near the Eritrean border.

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The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuściński

If these interviews are credible then Ryszard Kapuscinski has shed light on emperir matter. The reason I give this book a rating of two stars, and not less which I feel it deserves is that some of the accounts are obviously true.

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How can they desire what they cannot imagine? Totally recommend the book! And the answer is a mind-boggling no. Downfall of an Autocrat.