The Emperor (book)
|The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat|
|Translator||William R. Brand and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat, published in 1978, is Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński's analysis of the decline and fall of Haile Selassie's regime in Ethiopia. In 1974, while the Ethiopian Army was still busy consolidating power, Kapuściński "traveled to Ethiopia to seek out and interview Selassie's servants and closest associates on how the Emperor had ruled and why he fell." In large part, the book is a study of the workings of a royal court. It is said that this book is intended to be allegorical of the government of Poland, especially Edward Gierek.
Section one focuses on the constitution of Emperor Haile Selassie's imperial court.
It's Coming, It's Coming
This section focuses on the ultimate downfall of Selassie, featuring an account by his valet, who was the last remaining servant in the Emperor's court. This is followed by two short newspaper articles on the Emperor's last few years of life, which show that he still believed himself to be the true leader of Ethiopia.
- "The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuscinski - Powell's Books". Powells.com. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
- "The Dictator'S Downfall". NYTimes.com. 1983-05-29. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
- Review of Kapuściński by John Ryle for the Times Literary Supplement (27 July 2001)
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