Exterminate All the Brutes

Author(s): Sven Lindqvist


Exterminate All the Brutes is a unique study of Europe's dark history in Africa, written both in the form of a travel diary and as a historical examination of European imperialism and racism over the past two centuries.

Description: Over twenty years ago, Sven Lindqvist, one of the great pioneers of a new kind of experiential history writing, set out across Central Africa. Obsessed with a single line from Conrad's The Heart of Darkness - Kurtz's injunction to 'Exterminate All the Brutes' - he braided an account of his experiences with a profound historical investigation, revealing to the reader with immediacy and cauterizing force precisely what Europe's imperial powers had exacted on Africa's people over the course of the preceding two centuries. Shocking, humane, crackling with imaginative energies and moral purpose, Exterminate All the Brutes stands as an impassioned, timeless classic. It is essential reading for anybody ready to come to terms with the brutal, racist history on which Europe built its wealth.




Author Biography: Sven Lindqvist was born in Stockholm in 1932 and has travelled extensively through Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Promotional Information: An impassioned and perception-altering classic, which blends travelogue and deep historical investigation to reveal the true horror of Europe's racist colonial past in Africa.


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General Fields

  • : 9781847081988
  • : Granta Books
  • : Granta Books
  • : October 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sven Lindqvist
  • : Paperback
  • : 305.80096