Only a non-fictional Kapucinski is fascinating and educational

Daniel Passent interviews Kapucinski-biographer Artur Domoslawski in Sign and Sight:

Daniel Passent: How did you come up with the title “Kapuscinski non-fiction?”

Photo Artur Domoslawksi: During his lifetime, Kapuscinski created two oeuvres. One was his life's work as reporter, which went on to become great literature about the mechanisms of power, revolutions and marginalised peoples. The second was his story about himself, which he put together from facts and legends. He understood that there is no such thing as a literary world without legends about its writers and so, like many before him, he helped create his own. The life of a reporter, whose remit was revolution, war, and military coups in the Third World, provided brilliant material for this. The book's title signalises my decision to leave aside black-and-white portraiture because the world of non-fiction is never black-and-white. It contains many truths, in this case many truths about my protagonist. Secondly, it signalises my intention to separate fact and fiction. Reporters around the world regarded Kapusckinski as a master, and yet they had their suspicions about the traces of – let's call it – poetic licence, in his stories.

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