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- Amin didn't treat his enemies as ideological adversaries-only as a physical threat.
- We all cooperated, all of us, East and West, regardless of country, because the working conditions were really terrible.
- Aesopian language was used by all of us. And of course, using this language meant having readers who understood it.
- We always moved in groups from one coup d'etat to another, from one war to another.
- We have such a mixture now, such a fusion of different genres.
- Amin hid nothing. Everybody knew everything. Yet the American Senate only introduced a resolution breaking off trade with Amin three months before his overthrow.
- When I went to Kampala, my colleague in Addis Ababa reminded me to take a light bulb along with me. This was helpful advice since there were no light bulbs in the whole of Kampala and the entire city was engulfed in darkness.
- Without Amin nothing functioned, nothing existed.
- When I started writing Imperium, I had a problem with my conscience, because if I wrote strictly from the point of view of this Polish experience, the book would be completely incomprehensible to the Western reader.
- With time Amin fell into a mania of suspicion and he saw enemies almost everywhere. So he carried out repressions and he himself never spent the night in the same place twice.
- Whiskey was something which was absolutely marvelous, because there was nothing: no cigarettes, no food. This was a group of highly specialized people. They were real Africanists