Desert Divers

Sven Lindqvist

Published: 11 April 2002
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 144 pages
ISBN: 9781862075078

Translated by Joan River


In the first half of the twentieth centruy, European writers plunged into the stony, baking expanse of the Sahara, drawn by their own strange dreams. What did they hope to find? And what was really there?

In Desert Divers - part travel book, part literary history and part confession - Sven Lindqvist follows their paths into the Sahara and drags to the surface the history of colonial slaughter and exploitation that enabled Europeans to conduct their one-sided affair with the desert.

About the author

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Sven Lindqvist was born in Stockholm in 1932 and still lives there. He has travelled extensively through Asia, Africa and Latin America. He is the author of thirty books, including A History of Bombing, Exterminate All the Brutes and Desert Divers, shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. More about the author


‘A poem to the Sahara, and those whom it has obsessed; language as bare and hard as sand and gravel ... Sensational’



‘A polemical adventure in travel, criticism and autobiography, Desert Divers opens up a vast discursive territory. It is gripping from start to finish’ Geoff Dyer

‘Sven Lindqvist is one of the most original and imaginative authors working at the end of the twentieth century’ Richard Gott

‘This is writing with a conscience that once again shows the enormous and provocative possibilities of the travel book’

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