Ray Campbell Lupton Campbell Lupton de Kwilu Ngongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Titre: 5e colonne encyclopédie; Auteur: Ebrahim Nabavi;
From the waning Gomulka regime forward, Kapuscinski fashioned a journalistic career out of exceedingly subtle swipes at the pretenses and tragicomic self-deception of Soviet-style Communism. The Emperor is aimed at Haile Selassie, who Kapuscinski paints as a vapid, self-important ignoramus. 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: I can't think of a more bitter catalog of the pathologies that accompany political power, and by the end it doesn't matter all that much who's in the limo, surrounded by Quislings and sycophants. One of the mysteries of this book is whether dictators like Selassie come into being due to good timing, canny manipulation, or people's gullible belief that they can change their own nature. Kapuscinski refuses to take sides on the question of which comes first, the Hitler or the Reich; he's more of a muralist than a satirist, which is part of what makes The Emperor so satisfying. I can't recommend this book highly enough.