In our globalised but increasingly polarised age, Kapuscinski shows how the Other remains one of the most compelling ideas of our times. In this reflection on a lifetime of travel, the renown travel writer takes a fresh look at the Western idea of the Other: the non-European or non-American. Looking at this concept through the lens of his own encounters in Africa, Asia and Latin America, Kapuscinski traces how the West has understood the Other from classical times to colonialism, from the Age of Enlightenment to the postmodern global village.
Ryszard Kapuscinski is the author of, among other titles, Shah of Shahs, Imperium, Shadow of the Sun, and the memoir Travels with Herodotus. His books have been translated into twenty-eight languages. He died in 2007.