Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Travel insurer's nightmare

Scott Esposito laments the loss of Kapuściński to the literate world, yet uses his obituary in the LA Times to suggest that we were actually quite lucky that he made it to the ripeish old age of 74: "He was beaten and nearly set on fire by soldiers in Nigeria. He was rendered unconscious by cerebral malaria, came down with tuberculosis, then survived treatment in a Tanzanian hospital, where his injections were given with a communal syringe. Four times, at the direction of various despots, he was sentenced to death."

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