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The Hottentot Venus

The Life and Death of Sarah Baartman

Rachel Holmes

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
05 January 2021
'A significant and timely book ... Holmes has produced a laceratingly powerful story' Frances Wilson, Literary Review In 1810 the slave turned showgirl Sarah Baartman, London's most famous curiosity, became its legal cause celebre. Famed for her exquisite physique - in particular her shapely bottom - she was stared at, stripped, pinched, painted, worshipped and ridiculed. This talented, tragic young South African woman became a symbol of exploitation, colonialism - and defiance.

In this scintillating and vividly written book Rachel Holmes traces the full arc of Baartman's extraordinary life for the first time.
By:   Rachel Holmes
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   224g
ISBN:   9781408899113
ISBN 10:   1408899116
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   05 January 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rachel Holmes is the author of Eleanor Marx: A Life, The Secret Life of Dr James Barry and The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman. She is co-editor of Fifty Shades of Feminism and I Call Myself A Feminist. She lives in London.

Reviews for The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Sarah Baartman

Holmes' biography of this unhappy woman is gripping and meticulously researched * Spectator * Impeccable ... In telling her extraordinary story, Holmes's fascinating book illuminates the forces which dominated her age, and resound in our own * Sunday Telegraph * A significant and timely book ... Holmes has produced a laceratingly powerful story * Literary Review * Musters as much factual information as possible, telling her tale with care and respect * Independent *


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