Exterminate All the Brutes: One Man's Odyssey into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide

Exterminate All the Brutes: One Man's Odyssey into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide

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Overview

"Exterminate All the Brutes" is a unique study of Europe's history in Africa, written in the form of a travel diary. Sven Lindqvist takes us on a daring intellectual trip to "the heart of the darkness" of the European mind and its attitude toward the "Dark Continent." Like Edward Said's Orientalism, Lindqvist's book traces the legacy of European explorers, missionaries, politicians, and historians in Africa from the late eighteenth century onward. Lindqvist also examines the roots of European genocide, setting Conrad's Heart of Darkness in context and helping us to understand the most terrifying of Conrad's lines: "Exterminate all the brutes."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565843349
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 04/28/1996
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.77(w) x 8.59(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

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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