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    DescriptionA brilliant and unsettling intellectual history of Europe's genocidal colonization of Africa. ""Exterminate All the Brutes"" is a searching examination of Europe's dark history in Africa and the origins of genocide. Using Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" as his point of departure, Sven Lindqvist takes us on a haunting tour through the colonial past, interwoven with a modern-day travelogue. Retracing the steps of European explorers, missionaries, politicians, and historians in Africa from the late eighteenth century onward, the author exposes the roots of genocide in Africa via his own journey through the Saharan desert. As Lindqvist shows, fantasies not merely of white superiority but of actual extermination--"cleansing" the earth of the so-called lesser races--deeply informed European colonialism and racist ideology that ultimately culminated in Europe's own Holocaust. Chosen as one of the Best Books of 1998 by the "New Internationalist," which called it "a beautifully written integration of criticism, cultural history, and travel writing, underpinned by a passion for social justice," ""Exterminate All the Brutes"" is a powerful reckoning with the past and an indispensable contribution to the literature of colonial Africa and European genocide.


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    Title
    Exterminate All the Brutes
    Subtitle
    One Man's Odyssey Into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sven Lindqvist, Translated by Joan Tate
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 179
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 136 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781565843592
    ISBN 10: 1565843592
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    DC21: 305.5
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS001000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    Abridged Dewey: 900
    B&T Approval Code: A31680000, A41860000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    DC22: 305.5
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    New Press
    Imprint name
    New Press
    Publication date
    01 May 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Sven Lindqvist has published thirty books, including "The Skull Measurer's Mistake," "A History of Bombing," and "Terra Nullius" (all available from The New Press). He holds a PhD in the history of literature from Stockholm University, an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, and an honorary professorship from the Swedish government. He lives in Stockholm. Joan Tate (1992-2000) translated more than two hundred books, including works by Ingmar Bergman, Kerstin Ekman, and Astrid Lindgren.
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    Praise for Sven Lindqvist and ""Exterminate All the Brutes"" "A book of stunning range and near genius. . . . The catastrophic consequences of European imperialism are made palpable in the personal progress of the author, a late-twentieth century pilgrim in Africa. Lindqvist's astonishing connections across time and cultures, combined with a marvelous economy of prose, leave the reader appalled, reflective, and grateful." --David Levering Lewis "In spare but powerful prose . . . Lindqvist manages to weave together an impressive variety of themes [to] point to the continuity between prejudices and acts separated by continents and centuries." --"The Washington Post" "Lindqvist's disturbing, brilliant work of historical sleuthing deserves to be taken up in a thousand classrooms." --Rob Nixon, "Voice Literary Supplement"
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    Praise for Sven Lindqvist and ""Exterminate All the Brutes"" "A book of stunning range and near genius. . . . The catastrophic consequences of European imperialism are made palpable in the personal progress of the author, a late-twentieth century pilgrim in Africa. Lindqvist's astonishing connections across time and cultures, combined with a marvelous economy of prose, leave the reader appalled, reflective, and grateful." --David Levering Lewis "In spare but powerful prose . . . Lindqvist manages to weave together an impressive variety of themes [to] point to the continuity between prejudices and acts separated by continents and centuries." --"The Washington Post" "Lindqvist's disturbing, brilliant work of historical sleuthing deserves to be taken up in a thousand classrooms." --Rob Nixon, "Voice Literary Supplement"