Saharan Journey

Sven Lindqvist

Published: 2 February 2012
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 352 pages
ISBN: 9781847082329

Translated by Joan Tate


Published for the first time in one volume, Sven Lindqvist's uncategorizable, beautiful and angry books about the African continent and the legacy of colonialism. Exterminate All the Brutes takes us on an intellectual trip to 'the heart of the darkness' of the European mind and its attitude towards Africa, tracing the legacy of European explorers, missionaries, politicians and historians in Africa from the late eighteenth century onwards. Its sequel, Desert Divers, describes Lindqvist's journey through Algeria and Morocco, and explores the way European writers of the early twentieth century plunged into the stony, baking expanse of the Sahara, drawn by their own strange dreams.

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 harrowing and riveting read’ Jack Hanna



‘Europe's long, often murderous history of racism towards Africa ... is chillingly summarised in a dazzling new book, Exterminate All the Brutes ... which pusues Hannah Arendt's view that totalitarianism and the butchery of Hitler and Stalin were both "fathered" by the "terrible massacres" and "wild murdering" of European imperialists’

‘Lindqvist's concise prose and detailed accounts of European acts of cruelty make for compelling, if horrifying reading ... Exterminate All the Brutes is bracing, instructive reading ... it will be widely read’

‘Sven Lindqvist is a brilliant and original writer as well as a fierce polemicist’

‘This book inspires by upholding the dignity of the travel genre ... Lindqvist's beautifully sparse accounts of bus journeys and dusty hotels help build up a mood of fear and isolation that enhances the intellectual argument. The book is a necessary reminder of the way travel can open up not only the mind but also the heart’ Michael Jacobs

‘This powerful book has haunted me for months’ Anthony Sattin

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