Exterminate All The Brutes

Sven Lindqvist

Published: 4 October 2018
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 192 pages
ISBN: 9781847081988

Translated from the Swedish by Joan Tate


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.

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


Thought-provoking and multi-faceted...this excellent translation is a reissue of a book first published in English in 1996... The perfect testament to the writing of an incredible journalist who somehow frames a hard-hitting analysis of some of history's darkest moments within an entertaining travelogue with the feel of a literary mystery’




‘Here is a book which has come out of risk and years of thought’ John Berger

‘Sven Lindqvist [was] one of the most original and imaginative authors working at the end of the twentieth century. Together with Bruce Chatwin and Claudio Magris, he has pioneered a genre where to travel in space is also to travel in time.’ Richard Gott

‘This book is important ... we, our rulers, and their stooges should read it ... it contains a message for our future’ Nicholas Lezard

‘This book should be school curriculum material’

‘This powerful book has haunted me for months’

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