By Ryszard Kapuściński, Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand
In 1975, Angola was once tumbling into pandemonium; every person who might used to be packing crates, eager to abandon the beleaguered colony. along with his trademark bravura, Ryszard Kapuscinski went the wrong way, begging his was once from Lisbon and luxury to Luanda—once famed as Africa's Rio de Janeiro—and chaos.Angola, a slave colony later given over to mining and plantations, was once a promised land for generations of negative Portuguese. It had belonged to Portugal considering that earlier than there have been English-speakers in North the United States. After the cave in of the fascist dictatorship in Portugal in 1974, Angola used to be brusquely become independent from, spurring the disaster of a still-ongoing civil warfare. Kapuscinski plunged correct into the center of the drama, using previous millions of haphazardly positioned check-points, the place utilizing the inaccurate shibboleth used to be an issue of lifestyles and demise; recording his imporessions of the younger soldiers—from Cuba, Angola, South Africa, Portugal—fighting a nebulous battle with worldwide repercussions; and reading the ordinary brutality of a rustic stunned and divided by way of its newfound freedom.Translated from the Polish by means of William R. model and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand.
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I’ve lived here for twenty-eight years and I can tell you something about this country. Do you know what I had to show for it in the end? An old taxi that I left sitting in the street. Do you believe it? I ask Arturo. Arturo doesn’t believe it, but he still wants to leave. And you, Dona Cartagina, do you believe it? Yes, Dona Cartagina is convinced. If we stay till November, that’ll be the end of us. The old lady energetically draws a finger across her throat, on which her fingernail leaves a red mark.
We buried Dona Esmeralda in a cemetery on a steep slope above the sea. The cemetery is as white as if covered by eternal snow. Needlelike cypresses, almost dark blue in the sunlight, shoot up heavenward out of the snow. The gate is painted blue, a warm and optimistic color in this case, suggesting that those who come here march heavenward like the saints in Louis Armstrong’s song. The next day Dom Silva, the crotchety miser with the suit full of diamonds, left. Later I took Maria and Arturo to the airport.
Tomorrow we shall again be fighting a battle that is truly great. With all our might we need Your help and that is why I must tell You something: This battle tomorrow is going to be a serious affair. There will be no place for children. Therefore I must ask You not to send Your Son to help us. Come Yourself. —the prayer of Koq, leader of the Griquas tribe, before a battle with the Afrikaners in 1876 We are human beings. When fear comes, sleep seldom can. Not everyone can do everything. The sailor talks about wind; the farmer, about cattle; the soldier, about wounds.
Another Day of Life by Ryszard Kapuściński, Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand