Jeremy Harding, 9 May 1991
Show More Fishing in Africa: A Guide to War and Corruption by Andrew Buckoke.
Picador, 227 pp., £17.50, May 1991, 0 330 31895 0Show More
Africa: Dispatches From a Fragile Continent by Blaine Harden.
HarperCollins, 333 pp., £16.99, April 1991, 0 00 215889 2Show More
The Soccer War by Ryszard Kapuściński, translated by William Brand.
Granta, 234 pp., £2.99, November 1990, 0 14 014209 6Show More
“... Two of these books are by real journalists – Blaine Harden for the Washington Post, Andrew Buckoke for the Financial Times and others. The third is by a writer, Ryszard Kapuściński, who spent many years masquerading as a correspondent for the Polish news agency, PAP. In covering epic misfortune of the kind one reads about in Africa, all three have learned to talk straight from the shoulder, although Buckoke’s is slightly hunched under the white man’s burden and Kapuściński’s is often set to the wheel of invention, which makes much of his plain speaking deceptive ...”