Ryszard Kapuscinski lives in Warsaw. The essay in this issue appears in The Shadow of the Sun, which is being published this month by Knopf. (April 2001)

Death in Sudan

Sudan was the first country in Africa to gain independence after World War II. Prior to that it was a British colony, distinct entities artificially, bureaucratically glued together: the Arab- Muslim North and the black-Christian (and animistic) South. A longstanding antagonism and hatred existed between these two populations, because the …

Back to the Future

The following conversation recently took place in Warsaw between Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Ryszard Kapuscinski, and Adam Krzeminski, the editor of the Polish weekly Polityka, in which it first appeared. Adam Krzeminski: Can we talk first about the hopes and fears that agitate our part of the globe, then about the …

Fire on the Road

Introductory Note: Speaking in April at a rally in Soweto, Winnie Mandela was reported as saying, “Together, hand in hand, with our matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country.”[^*] In South Africa “necklaces” is the word used for tires filled with gasoline that are placed around the necks …